Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate, vanilla custard, and a wafer crust define the canadian classic, the Nanaimo bar. Sitting on the rack, behind the glass looking up at you.

“Eat Me”

How could you resist? I know you have all been in this situation more than once. And when you finally bit into it, all you can think is “this must be what heaven tastes like”.

Were going to help you get this little piece of heaven more often; by teaching you how to make this all canadian dessert at home.


In a bowl, stir together your graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Slowly pour in the butter and egg; stir until combined.

Press crumb mixture into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk until smooth, adding up to 1 tsp (5 mL) more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.(Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars.

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