Tested till perfect Reverse Nanaimo Bars
Reverse Nanaimo Bars
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Reverse Nanaimo Bars

The inside-out version of this classic square offers a classy white chocolate top with a rich dark chocolate centre. Use a vegetable peeler to make the chocolate shavings.?

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living: Holiday 2012

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Portion size 25 pieces


  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsgraham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupfinely chopped almondalmonds
  • 1 oz 1ozwhite chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupbutter, melted
  • 1 1eggeggs, lightly beaten


  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupbutter
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupcocoa powder
  • 1-1/3 cups 1-1/3cupsicing sugar
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspmilk
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspcustard powder
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla


  • 8 oz 8ozwhite chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspbutter
  • 1/3 oz 1/3ozdark chocolate, shaved
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In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, almonds and chocolate. Drizzle with butter and egg, stirring until combined.

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

Filling: In heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat; stir in cocoa until smooth. Pour into bowl; beat in icing sugar, milk, custard powder and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

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

With tip of knife, score into bars; sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars.

Nutritional Information Per piece: about

cal 164 pro 2g total fat 10g sat. fat 6g
carb 18g dietary fibre 1g sugar 14g chol 20mg
sodium 82mg potassium 116mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 5 vit A 4 folate 3
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