Nanaimo Bars

Here’s a Canadian recipe traditionally made at Christmas in Kristin’s house. Passed down from a previous generation this is a tried and true recipe that never fails. The Nanaimo bar is a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Nanaimo bars consists of a crumb layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate icing. They are chilled and cut into squares.

Ingredients No-bake Nanaimo Bars

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 5 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1 cup coconut, unsweetened, shredded
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Ingredients Butter Custard Icing

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder

Ingredients Chocolate Top

  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate squares
  • 2 tbsp. butter


  1. Place butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg into the top pot of a double boiler or a heat resistant glass bowl.
  2. Put pot or bowl above a pot of boiling water that remains simmering at a low heat during this process.
  3. Stir mixture until butter has melted and is the consistency of pudding.
  4. Mix graham crumbs, coconut and walnuts and add to the chocolate mixture.
  5. Pack into a 9×9 parchment paper-lined pan. And allow to cool.
  6. Prepare icing: Using a mixer cream the butter.
  7. Combine custard powder with milk and add to the butter. Mix in the icing sugar.
  8. Spread evenly over the cookie base
  9. Make chocolate topping: Melt chocolate and butter together and pour and spread evenly over the icing. Refrigerate and serve!

Makes: 1 9 x 9 dish