Quintessentially Canadian Nanaimo Bars


  • Makes16 servings
Quintessentially Canadian Nanaimo Bars

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Here's our tasty and easy recipe for quintessentially Canadian Nanaimo Bars!


  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds


  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 3 tbsp milk

  • 2 tbsp vanilla custard powder, or instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 2 cups icing sugar


  • 4 28-g squares semi-sweet chocolate, (4 oz)

  • 2 tbsp butter


  • In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar and cocoa powder. Stir until smooth, then remove from heat and stir in the beaten egg. The mixture may separate and look disgusting, but don’t worry – it’ll be fine. Add the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and chopped almonds. Mix until everything is combined and evenly coated with the gooey chocolate mixture. Press into an ungreased 8 in. (20 cm) square baking dish and have your young assistant press it firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan. Chill until set – about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the middle layer. In a bowl with an electric mixer (or in a food processor) beat together the butter, milk and custard powder until just combined. Add the icing sugar gradually, beating until the mixture is very smooth and creamy. (Beater-licking is mandatory, of course.) Have your child spread the filling evenly over the chocolate layer in the pan. Chill about 30 minutes or until set.

  • Now the topping. Melt the chocolate with the butter, stirring until smooth. Working quickly, pour over the creamy filling and spread until it covers the white layer completely and evenly. Chill, finally, for at least 30 minutes or until you can't stand it anymore. Then cut into squares with a very sharp knife, and serve to your adoring fans.

This article was originally published on Jul 01, 2003

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