Classic Nanaimo Bars Classic Nanaimo Bars

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The pride of Nanaimo, B.C., these bars have a crumb base layered with a creamy custard filling and a chocolaty topping. Best served at room temperature, the bars keep well refrigerated or frozen.

  • Portion size 25 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday 2012




In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. 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 bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of milk and adding up to 1 tsp 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 chocolate is almost set, about 30 minutes.

With tip of knife, score into bars; 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 facts Per piece: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 65 mg
  • Sugars 16 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 150.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Potassium 62 mg
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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