nanaimo bars on white plate with cloth napkin wood table

Nanaimo Bar Recipe

This delicious Nanaimo Bar recipe makes delicious dessert squares with coconut, custard powder icing and chocolate ganache.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10 bars
Calories 426kcal
Author Adrienne Hubbard
Cost 10



Bottom layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1./2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Second layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2.5 tbsp cream
  • 2 tbsp Birds custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Top layer

  • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter


Bottom layer

  • Begin by melting the first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.

  • Second layer
  • Then, mix butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light and spread over the bottom layer. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Top layer

  • After the first two layers are chilled, melt chocolate and butter over low heat.¬†Finally, once cooled enough to work with, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.
  • Once fully chilled, cut into 10 squares.




Serving: 1square | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.3mg