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Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are a triple layer confection with a chocolate and coconut base, creamy center and a chocolate glaze.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: nanaimo bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 317kcal



  • 190g/3/4 cup butter melted
  • 50g/1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 220g/2 cups graham cracker crumbs I used Digestive biscuits in the UK
  • 100g/1 cup dried coconut

Middle Layer

  • 125g/1/2 cup butter softened
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp custard powder I used Bird's Custard powder
  • 625g/4 cups icing sugar

Top Layer

  • 250g/8 oz dark or milk chocolate chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Preheat your oven to 350F/180C. Mix all ingredients for the base in a large bowl. Line your 9 inch X 13 inch pan with parchment paper and pack your crumb mixture firmly into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool in the pan.
  • While the base is chilling beat the middle layer ingredients until smooth and spread over the base. Chill for 60 minutes.
  • Melt chopped chocolate with a tablespoon of butter in a double boiler. Or if you don't have one, set a bowl with chocolate over a pot of simmering water and melt your chocolate this way.
  • Spread melted chocolate over the cream layer. Let the chocolate set for 30-40 minutes. Then cut into bars, so your chocolate layer won't crack later when the chocolate hardens. Chill until firm for several hours or overnight.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg