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Homemade Nanaimo Bars

  • Author: Katie Heap
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 1x


Homemade nanaimo bars – a Canadian classic.


  • BASE:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons custard powder (or vanilla jello pudding powder)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. BASE: melt butter in a medium saucepan. add sugar and cocoa and stir until smooth. whisk egg with vanilla and stir into butter mixture. remove from heat – no scrambled eggs here! stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and nuts. press evenly over bottom of a greased 9×9″ square pan. chill until set, at least 20 minutes.
  2. FILLING: beat butter with wooden spoon until light. beat in custard powder (or pudding powder) and milk. gradually beat in sugar. spread over chilled base and let set in fridge.
  3. TOPPING: melt together chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. spread in an even layer over chilled filling. store in fridge until chocolate topping begins to harden, about 10 minutes. score topping into bars – cut into small 1-inch squares before totally solid. if needed, use a hot knife and wipe clean between cuts – otherwise the chocolate will start to crack. store in fridge or freeze for up to 2 months. enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
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