Nanaimo Bars ….and that’s surprisingly all :)

It’s been far too long since I took you guys on a journey through one of my easy recipes….so let’s take a look at a Canadian classic dessert bar: Nanaimo Bars :D YAY!

I used a recipe found on my favourite site: All Recipes and I adapted it from [here]


base layer

  • 1/2 cup butter (soft)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 5 Tbsp dutch cocoa
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
creamy mid-layer
  • 1/2 cup butter (soft)
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp custard powder (or vanilla pudding mix)
  • 2 cups icing sugar
top layer
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Ok! so now that we have everything let’s get those spatulas out and get baking!!!


1. in a double boiler (or in my case a frying pan /w water in it and a small pot) bring water to a boil and melt the 1/2 cup butter with the sugar and cocoa until smooth and completely mixed.

gotta love my match-shift kitchen! lol
don’t worry I finally got a rolling pin so no more wine bottles will be used for dough :) lol
If you’re busy you can always enlist the husband or a friend to help stir
2. Grab your egg and make sure you have already measured out the graham cracker crumbs and the coconut….posing for you blog is entirely optional ;)
yep macbook is always on the counter :P
3. beat the egg in a small dish and turn down heat on your “double boiler” add the egg and stir CONSTANTLY! (if you stop for a second the egg may separate and cook) continue stirring for ~ 3mins or until mixture is nice and thick.
4. In a separate bowl combined hot chocolate mix with coconut and graham cracker crumbs – mix until fully combined.
The kettle is only necessary if you forgot you had to contribute a dessert for your
family gathering and it’s after midnight! :) – caffeine!
5. Press that mixture into an 8X8 pan – and chill in fridge.
*Grab a separate bowl for the next layer… helps if you can find a step stool but if not just pout until someone else does it for you ;)

I know leggings aren’t pants, but they are at my house. Fact
Colin was taking photos of me while I was pouting and crying that he wants helping me bake….as he kept leaving the room to watch movies. Rex came in a new how to cheer me up. 

Oh please, can you put your gross tongue in my mouth?
Anyway back to the baking……
6. In the bowl someone else got for you combine the custard powder (or in my case 2T vanilla pudding mix), cream and butter.

7. Mix /w a hand held mixer on med-high speed until smooth and creamy.
8. Add the icing (confectioners) sugar and be careful not to put the speed too high or you’ll be covered in powder! lol mix until thick and smooth.
This was so thick it was hard getting it off the beaters….
….nothing good old MAXIMUM power can’t take care of ;)

9. Smooth mixture over the first layer in and return the pan to the fridge to set.

10. In a microwaveable bowl pour chocolate chips in a melt 30 secs at a time, stirring in between until smooth.
Please disregard that chunk of melted butter in the pic.
I used the original recipe and it made the chocolate thick and gross
– skip the butter, it’s much nicer.

11. pour melted chocolate over the other 2 layers and smooth out /w a spoon – return to fridge.

To make things easier you can score the chocolate before chilling to cutting is easier.
12. Hug you baking partner and remind one another that M&M Meats makes amazing Nanaimo Bars that are relatively cheap and taste better than the ones that just took up your whole evening to make ;)

Yes, that IS chocolate in my teeth ;)

I hope everyone has fun trying to tackle this one :D I also have that awesome hashbrown casserole coming your way soon!!! Get excited b/c that recipe is not healthy at all and therefore it tastes better than life itself.


1. have you ever had Nanaimo bars? 

2. what’s your favourite dessert bar to make/eat?? – link up recipes if you want! :D


11 thoughts on “Nanaimo Bars ….and that’s surprisingly all :)

  1. Nanaimo bars are my favorite!! I've never tried makin them but it doesn't seem too hard!! I will have to give it a try. Legging are pants in my life too so don't worry!

  2. Ps I have Togo back and read all your Christmas posts! I think I missed some along the way! So happy you guys had a great holiday :)

  3. Those look good, I've never had them before but I love coconut so I'm sure I would like them! (My husband not so much). My mom always makes Needhams (a Maine candy) at Christmas time and they have coconut and surprisingly mashed potatoes but they taste so good!

  4. You are so cute and these bars look delicious. I however am no where near ambitious enough to attempt to make them myself. :)

  5. I have never heard of those – but god they look phenomenal! I love that Colin gets in on the pics with you I need to start photographing again – I have slacked majorly in the past couple of weeks!

  6. I've never had one but I'm not a big coconut fan. Your saucepan stirrer looked so happy to be helping. I ask for help and suddenly my kitchen is deserted – just as well I like it that way.

  7. Yumm! Anything with butter and chocolate in the same dessert is just destined to be delicious. I always have my mac on the counter while I'm cooking too haha. And your dog is so cute :)

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