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Nanaimo bars

These no-bake layered bars are one of Canada's favorite sweet treats.


3⁄4 c butter (and 1 Tbs more)
1⁄4 c sugar
1 egg
1 T cocoa
2 c cookies (Graham cracker crumbs)
1 c coconut (shredded coconut)
1⁄2 c walnut (chopped walnuts)
3 T milk
2 T custard (custard powder)
4 oz chocolate (semi sweet chocolate chips)


In a double boiler, over hot water, place 1/2 cup butter, sugar, egg vanilla extract and cocoa. Stir mixture until slightly thickened and it looks like a custard. Remove from heat.

Mix in Graham cracker crumbs, coconut, cocoa powder and chopped walnuts.

Put the mixture in a greased 9-inch square pan and press down.

Mix 1/4 cup butter, milk, confectioner's sugar and custard powder. Spread this mixture over the first layer.

Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.

Melt the semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave oven and very slowly stir in 1 tablespoon of butter until just blended. Spread the melted chocolate over the second layer.

Refrigerate and cut into bars.

Total time
25 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
1 batch


To make it easier, you can cut into the chocolate while is still warm and then refrigerate to cut completely the bars when set.


Apparently the bars were first concocted in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Canadian cuisine

easy, no bake, sweets
desserts, treats
CAnadian food recipes
Food in America