BC Nanaimo bars
Prep 1Hr | Chill 2Hr | Enjoy in 3Hr
Nanaimo bars are an iconic Canadian dessert named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Three delicious layers of rich chocolate, soft yellow custard and a coconut-graham crust come together in this no-bake and easy to make dessert bar.
The recipe below makes approximately 35 bars, perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Ingredients - Base:
¾ cup butter
¼ cup sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Ingredients - Middle Layer:
½ cup butter, softened
6 tbsp milk
4 tbsp custard powder
4 cups icing sugar
Ingredients - Top Layer:
8 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
1 tbsp butter
- Combine first six ingredients in large saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in graham crumbs, walnuts and coconut. Pack firmly into ungreased 9×13-inch pan. Chill while you prepare the middle layer.
- Beat all four ingredients together in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over first layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
- Melt chocolate and butter in a small bowl at 50% power in microwave. Microwave for about 1½ minutes, stir and microwave another 30 seconds or longer if needed, stirring frequently. Spread evenly over middle layer.
- Chill for one hour, then score chocolate with a sharp knife and return to fridge to chill completely before cutting into bars.
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