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Classic Nanaimo Bars

These Nanaimo bars are a classic Canadian treat. Delicious, no-bake, super easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Bar
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 18
Calories 300kcal
Author Olivia





  • 8 oz good quality dark or semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter



  • Grease a 9 x 9" pan and line with parchment.
  • Place 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3 Tbsp cocoa powder into a large, heatproof bowl over a pot with simmering water. Whisk until combined.
  • Slowly pour in egg while whisking vigorously. Add vanilla. Continue whisking over simmering water until mixture has thickened and resembles a pudding.
  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs and coconut.
  • Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of your 9x9 pan. Press down firmly to pack in. Chill in fridge while making custard.


  • Cream together butter and powdered sugar, add in custard powder and milk and beat until smooth.**
  • Spread evenly over base layer and return to fridge. Chill for 30mins.


  • Place chopped chocolate and butter in to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Continue microwaving in 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate has melted.
  • Spread evenly over custard layer. Chill in fridge until set (about 1 hour).
  • Cut with a hot serrated knife.


* The original recipe calls for half this amount of chocolate & butter. I doubled it as I prefer a thicker chocolate layer, but this will make them harder to cut.
** This can be done by hand but I used my stand mixer.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg