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Nanaimo Bars

I have been craving these since Christmas, so I finally dug up my Company’s Coming book and made myself some. They weren’t as hard as I thought they were going to be, this was my first time and not my last!

I don’t see many variations of this recipe out there and I thought that the Company’s Coming one might be a truly Canadian one.

Since as legend has it, they ARE a Canadian treat, from where else, Nanaimo BC.

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They are also very regional, I simply cannot believe that they aren’t regular square fare in the US.

Square fare…hahaha snort.

Ingredients Needed:

Bottom Layer
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of sifted cocoa
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut
1/2 finely chopped walnuts

Middle Layer
2 cups of icing sugar
1/2 cup of butter
3 tbsp milk
2-3 tbsp custard powder

Top Layer
1 cup of chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter

Start with the bottom ingredients.

In a large pot, melt the butter, sugar and cocoa together until it’s smooth. Quickly beat in the egg, making sure there are no lumps.

Add in the graham crumbs, coconut and walnuts.

Firmly press into the bottom of an un-greased 9×9 pan.

Get you middle ingredients together.

Custard powder should readily be available in any store and is what gives the middle layer the yellow color.

Cream the icing, butter, milk and custard powder together with a mixer, then spread onto the bottom layer.

Try not to eat it. It’s hard. Very hard. Because it’s sooo good.

Yum.

Last ingredients!

Melt the cup of chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of butter together.

Spread the chocolate on top evenly, then cool in the fridge for a couple hours. The nanaimo bars are best chilled, they hold together the best, since the middle layer is well, butter!

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Nanaimo Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
The classic nanaimo bars.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bars
Servings: 8
Calories: 593 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter Bottom Layer
  • 1/3 cup sifted cocoa
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups icing sugar Middle Layer
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2-3 tbsp custard powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips Top Layer
  • 2 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Start with the bottom ingredients. 

  2. In a large pot, melt the butter, sugar and cocoa together until it's smooth. 
  3. Quickly beat in the egg, making sure there are no lumps. 

  4. Add in the graham crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Firmly press into the bottom of an un-greased 9×9 pan. 

  5. Get your middle ingredients together. Custard powder should readily be available in any store and is what gives the middle layer the yellow color. 

  6. Cream the icing, butter, milk and custard powder together with a mixer, then spread onto the bottom layer. 

  7. Melt the cup of chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of butter together. 

  8. Spread the chocolate on top evenly, then cool in the fridge for a couple hours. The nanaimo bars are best chilled, they hold together the best, since the middle layer is well, butter!
Nutrition Facts
Nanaimo Bars
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 288mg 12%
Potassium 197mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 55g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    mrsnewton
    January 26, 2013 at 7:53 am

    It’s 1/4 cup graduated sugar. I love making these for my kids. For you ladies and gentlemen looking for weight loss support check out my blog. http://ambersweightlossadventures.blogspot.co
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    TB
    December 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This recipe has a typo.  For the first layer it appears to read 1 cup granulated sugar – I did this and it didn’t  dissolve into the butter  what a mess!  Had to toss everything and look up original Company’s Coming recipe.  It should read 1/4 cup sugar.  Please correct this so people don’t mess up their recipe and waste ingredients.

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    Shelly
    May 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

    These look so good! I’m wondering if I have to cook the base layer for a bit so the sugar will dissolve???

    Thanks!

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    B Hamilton
    December 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I have used this recipe many times. Turns out perfect every single time. A little chilling between layers does help for sure but I usually can’t wait that long..lol. Also I found it a lot nicer without the walnuts in the crust, i sprinkle them on top of the chocolate instead. Sooooooo good. Way better then store bought variety.

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    Skeeezx
    August 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    hi great recipe just wondering if base and middle need to be chilled before trying to apply icing my attempt did nothing but smear and mix with the middle…thanx again

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    Seagullgal2002
    June 24, 2011 at 6:13 am

    First time making this and its chilling now cant wait

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    Jennifer
    April 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    These look AMAZING!

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