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Nainaimo (pronounced as “nuh-NI-mo”) is a very famous dessert originated from city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. They are quite popular dessert which requires no baking and made of three layers. Each of these layers are quite decadent by themselves and put together they taste like heaven. These bars are so popular that they are named as “Canada’s Favorite Confection”.


The bars are so rich that they have become a must in any festivity especially Canadian Christmas. When I set out making this recipe I realized I didn’t have vanilla custard powder but substituted them with strawberry custard powder from my pantry. My kids were so tempted and found these bars irresistible that I had to physically restrain them to wait until I took few pictures. Talking about pictures I was not very happy as the bars were not perfectly sliced and I felt the presentation was rushed than well thought. My daughter usually is my critic and she loves to comment on my writing as well as the pictures. When I expressed my discontenment over the imperfections(the bars were not sliced clean and had ragged edges) of these bars, her nonchalant comment, “Mom …I agree the bars have imperfections and that’s what makes it perfect”  made me pause and reevaluate my thoughts. The taste of these bars were nothing but perfect so be sure to share some with your friends and family. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Source: Christmas-cookies



Nanaimo Bars


    For the Bottom Layer
  • Unsalted Butter -- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar -- 1/4 cup
  • Cocoa -- 5 Tbsp
  • Egg, beaten -- 1
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs -- 1 3/4 cups
  • Finely Chopped Almonds -- 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Coconut Flakes -- 1 cup
  • For the Middle Layer
  • Unsalted Butter -- 1/2 cup
  • Cream -- 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp
  • Vanilla Custard Powder (such as Birds custard powder)/ Vanilla Pudding-- 2 Tbsp
  • Icing Sugar -- 2 cups
  • For the Top Layer
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate -- 4 squares (1 oz each)
  • Unsalted Butter -- 2 Tbsp


    Method for Bottom Layer
  1. In a double boiler (heat proof bowl placed on top of saucepan filled with simmering water in such a way that the bowl doesn't touch the water) melt the butter, sugar, and cocoa. Add beaten egg and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and mix the crumbs, coconut, and nuts. In an ungreased 8x8 pan press the chocolate mixture firmly.
  2. Method for Middle Layer
  3. In a medium bowl beat butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together until light. Spread this middle layer over the bottom layer. Using a butter knife spread evenly.
  4. Method for Top Layer
  5. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter over medium-low heat. Cool lightly but when the chocolate is still liquid, pour on top of the middle layer. Chill in refrigerator. Slice and Enjoy!!!





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  12 Responses to “Nanaimo Bars”

  1. Interesting recipe and beautiful pictures..

  2. You want want to chill it longer for cleaner cuts. But as your daughter said it is the taste that matters the most.

  3. Omg, wish i could make these beauties as much as prefect like u.Gorgeous bars..

  4. I am not surprised that your kids could not wait to try them out! The name is so different and it looks very tempting! Clean cut or not, I could pop one in my mouth 🙂

  5. Love them can I have a few bars.

  6. wow fantastic nanaimo bars dear 🙂 they look so yummy !!

  7. And you do it again!..the pictures are mind blowing, you have got such a wonderful sense of props and composition..looks so pleasing..and the bars are so sinful not to mention…very nice series.,,hope you enjoyed as much I as did seeing them!

  8. Very nice.. Loved the layered bars. I have lot to try for christmas

  9. What a yummy looking Nanaimo bars. Love the strawberry custard flavor twist here.

  10. Very tempting and colorful bars!!

  11. Awesome bars!! Love the layers..can’t wait to try it out

  12. ive heard of these and seen them but never tried them myself- yours looks so good

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