Nanaimo Bar Canada Recipe

Whom doesn’t love Nanaimo bars? These little bars are so buttery and sweet!  I know they are huge here in Northern Alberta. This is my husband’s favourite bar.  I usually own build these close to Christmas – as they are not good for anyone’s waistline at my house.

I find them a little sweet  – and 1 pc will hold me over for a while.

I’m not even sure why they are called Nanaimo bars… Perhaps they originated from Nanaimo British Columbia – I am uncertain.

This Bar has 3 individual layers to be built.


3 layer bar that is Chocolate sweet with butter! A Canadian Classic

  • Author: Theresa
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • Bottom Layer
  • 1/3 cup of powdered cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg ( Large)
  • 1 and 3/4 Cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup of shredded coconut ( preferably unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Middle Layer
  • 2 Cups of Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp custard powder
  • Top Layer
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter


  1. First Start out with Creating the bottom Layer. In a large sauce pan, melt the cocoa, butter & sugar together until smooth, then simply add the beaten egg . Mix in the shredded coconut, pecans and graham crumbs.
  2. In a ungreased 8x 8 pan press firmly down.
  3. Put bottom layer in fridge while you create the middle layer.
  4. The Middle Layer:
  5. Mix the butter, icing sugar, milk, and custard powder with a mixer and simply spread onto the bottom layer ( when bottom layer is cold)
  6. Last is the Top Layer.
  7. Simply melt the butter and the chocolate chips together,
  8. Once melted spread the chocolate later evenly on top , and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Melt the cup of chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of butter together.

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