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Recipe: how to make nanaimo bars

Updated on January 16, 2013

What are nanaimo bars

Every time I tell someone about nanaimo bars I always get 'what in the world is that?'. Nanaimo bars are one of my favorite dessert ever, so I love to share the recipe.

they are delicious, no bake desserts, originating from Canada, that consist of three layers. the first layer is somewhere between a wafer and a brownie, that can have coconuts and/or walnuts, the second layer is a vanilla custard, and the last layer is a nice thin layer of chocolate on top!

my mouth waters just thinking about them!

photo copyright to ai.dan@ flickr

baking supplies from amazon


- 9"x 9" pan

- double boiler, or a heat safe bowl and a pan of water

- stand mixer with whip attachment


  • 1 cup butter separated into 2 1/2 cup portions.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (or your favorite nut)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder (or vanilla pudding powder)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 oz semi sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons butter


  1. 1) spray the pan with cooking spray. in the double boiler, combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar, and cocoa powder, until melted. whisk in the egg on a medium flame and whisk constantly until the mixture thickens, about a minute or two. remove the chocolate from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut and walnuts thoroughly with a spoon, then transfer to pan, patting it down hard and flat. the harder you press down on it, the easier it'll be to keep them together when cutting.
  2. 2) whip the heavy cream, the other 1/2 cup butter, and custard powder until light and fluffy. whip in the confectioners sugar until just combined. spread of the first layer in the pan, then set in the fridge for at least an hour so the custard firms up.
  3. 3) melt the chocolate 2 teaspoons butter in the double boiler over low heat, until all the chocolate is melted. remove the pan from the fridge and quickly spread over the custard with a spatula until even. set in the fridge for 10 minutes. don't leave them in longer than that because the chocolate will get to hard and will crack when cutting.
  4. 4) after ten minutes, remove the pan from the fridge, and with the sharpest knife you have, cut around the other side of the bars in the pan, then cut the bars into squares about 2 " x 2". You'll want to use a clean cloth to wipe the stuff that comes off on the knife for clean cuts.
  5. 5) using a spatula, carefully remove the squares from the pan. it's pretty common for the first square or two to come out a bit sloppy since you don't have a lot of room to work with. place the bars on a plate and they are ready to serve! if you aren't going to serve them immediately, place them in a container in the fridge, so they stay firm and easy to eat.
  6. 6) enjoy the deliciousness :)
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    • gracyelala profile image

      gracyelala 4 years ago

      my mouth is watering. Nanaimo bars are one of may favorite snacks.

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      JumpinJake 4 years ago

      great looking treat indeed.

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      SourceCoder 4 years ago

      Wow great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, my, your nanaimo bars look and sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      KatsumiShiokawa 5 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: thank you, i tried my hardest to make it nice and simple, but not to bare on information :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like this recipe on how to make nanaimo bars