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Nanaimo Bars Recipe

It is no secret that Vancouver, BC is one of my favorite cities. While Tyler and I lived there for a few months I came to fall for a new culture and their restaurants (Earl’s and Milestones are still two of my favorites). The crepes of Robson Street were pretty good.

Nanaimo Bars Recipe While we lived in Vancouver Smallville was shooting….I walked right past Allison Mack and Michael Rosenbaum (aka Chloe and Lex Luthor). That was quite awesome!

But nothing beats a Nanaimo Bar!

Nanaimo Bars Recipe After few years of buying them at the store I decided to finally make them at home. I was extremely surprised at how easy they were to make. They do take some time. But the more you make them the easier it gets.

 

Nanaimo Bars Recipe: Base Layer

Nanaimo Bars: Base layer

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
    • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 cup shredded coconut

The base is what gives the Nanaimo Bars its texture: graham cracker crumbs and coconut.

Melt butter at medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder. It will be tempting but refrain yourself from testing…you might end up eating it all!

Remove from heat and whisk egg and vanilla extract. Stir graham cracker crumbs and coconut.

Line a 9 x 9 pan with aluminum (or parchment paper). Add mixture and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

 

Nanaimo Bars Recipe: Filling

Nanaimo Bars: Filling

    • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
    • 3 Tbsp. custard powder (or instant vanilla pudding)
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 2.5 cups powdered sugar

This is where all the sugar comes in: 2.5 cups full of it. While searching for a recipe I realized that all of them asked for 3 cups of powdered sugar., but I honestly don’t like extremely sweet Nanaimo Bars (they are almost inedible). So, depending on your preferences you can add as much sugar as desired: 2.5 or 3 cups, even more.

While the base is chilling, cream the butter. Beat milk and the vanilla pudding (we just couldn’t find custard powder at our store). Carefully add the powdered sugar.

Add filling to base layer and chill until it sets.

Nanaimo Bars: Filling This is A.’s favorite! He could eat the filling with a spoon.

This filling would also be perfect for homemade oreo cookies!

 

Nanaimo Bars Recipe: Top Layer

Nanaimo Bars: Top layer

    • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate
    • 2 Tbsp. butter

We love chocolate so I decided to double on the top layer. Of course if you prefer milk chocolate over semisweet, feel free to make the change to milk chocolate chips. That is what I love about cooking and baking, there is always room for improvement!

Clear as water: melt butter and chocolate chips at low heat, don’t want to burn it!

Spread over filling layer and chill once again until it sets.

 

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Nanaimo Bars Recipe Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Nanaimo Bars Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (1 package) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp. custard powder or instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
Instructions
  1. BASE LAYER
  2. Melt butter at medium heat in a medium sauce pan.
  3. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Stir graham cracker crumbs and coconut.
  6. Line a 9 x 9 pan with aluminum (or parchment paper).
  7. Add mixture and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  8. FILLING LAYER
  9. Cream the butter.
  10. Beat in the custard powder and milk.
  11. Slowly, beat in the sugar.
  12. Spread over the base layer and chill in the fridge until it sets.
  13. TOP LAYER
  14. Melt the chocolate and butter in a pan and stir until smooth.
  15. Spread over the filling layer and chill in a fridge until the chocolate begins to harden.

 

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

ENJOY!!

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About Sofia

Wife to a wonderful man and mother to 2 little boys. Loves chocolate, coffee and chips with hot sauce and lime. Pretend chef and aspiring photographer.
24th April 2013

Your Comments:

  1. April 24, 2013 at 6:24 am

    These look amazing Sofia! Looks like I need to go buy some coconut today. :)

  2. April 24, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Oh my Yumness! Iam pinning this into my recipes!!

  3. April 24, 2013 at 7:10 am

    WOW! That is full of everything I love! Coconut and Chocolate? You had me hooked !I have to make this!! Pinning this!

  4. April 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Yum! My mouth is watering just looking at these photos!

  5. April 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I think I may have drooled on my keyboard. These looks amazing! Pinning for future parties!

  6. April 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    These look delicious.

  7. April 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

    These look delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

  8. April 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

    OMG my mouth is watering! can’t wait to try this awesome recipe! thank you so much for the post!

  9. April 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    YUM! I need someone to make them for me :) I would make them, but it’s raining and I feel lazy….

  10. April 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Oh my goshes–those look to die for–I would be afraid to make them for fear I would eat them and these are so not for diabetics!!

  11. April 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    This looks so good. Thank you for the recipe..

  12. April 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    This looks beyond amazing!!!

  13. April 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of these before. They look super yummy though!

  14. April 25, 2013 at 7:17 am

    This looks amazing! I need to pin this!

  15. April 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Oh, you’re talking about MY hometown! :-) We LOVE Nanaimo bars – my Mom used to make them for us all the time and now my kids were recently introduced. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :-)

    • April 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      I LOVE Vancouver!! I’d move there in a heart beat!

  16. July 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Thank you for posting this, I’ll have to try them out!

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