Canadian Nanaimo Bars

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 211.6
  • Total Fat: 14.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.5 mg
  • Sodium: 117.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 21.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g

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Number of Servings: 24


    These rich no-bake squares come from the city of Nanaimo in western Canada.

    1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 beaten egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups graham crakcer crumbs (36 crackers)
    1/2 cup chopped nuts
    1/4 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
    1/4 cup half and half, light cream or milk
    3 tbsp. vanilla custard mix (half of a 2.9 oz. package)
    2 cups sifted powdered sugar
    6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut up
    4 tsp. butter (no substitutes)


For Crust: Combine the 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, egg and vanilla in a saucepan. Cook and stir till butter is melted and mixture is well combined and just starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press onto the bottom of a 9x9x2 inch baking pan. Set aside.

For Filling: Beat together the 1/4 cup softened butter, half and half, and vanilla custard mix in a medium mixing bowl. Beat in powdered sugar till light in texture. Carefully spread filling evenly over crust. Cover and chill till firm (about 1 hour).

For Topping: Heat and stir semisweet chocolate and the 4 teaspoons butter in a small saucepan over low heat till combined. Spread over filling. Cover and chill till firm.

When cutting them into squares, use a very sharp knife, warmed under hot water to help prevent cracking the chocolate topping.Cut into squares. Makes 24 bars (43 g each)

Number of Servings: 24

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JENMCCL.

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  • Recipe crust calls for coconut, however it's not listed in the ingredients? How much is required? - 12/26/15

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  • The original recipe used melted unsweetened chocolate on top and water and an egg instead of milk and birdeye custard powder. Important also to use unsweetened coconut. The result is a very rich but full of MUFA treat that is extremely satisfying in tiny amounts and not too sweet. A grown up dese - 7/28/09

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