Week 19: Make Nanaimo Bars

This week’s edition of 52 New Things is


Make Nanaimo Bars



Nanaimo Bars are probably one of my favorite desserts. They are a cookie/dessert bar made with chocolate, graham crackers, coconut, custard powder and lots of sugar. The bars are a “Canadian Dessert” (Nanaimo is a town in British Columbia) and require no baking. They look hard to make, but it is pretty easy if you have a good recipe.


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I used a number of recipes from my All Recipes App on my iPad to develop my own Nanaimo Bar recipe, but I’m not 100% satisfied with the ratios, so I think I will make another batch to perfect the recipe before I post it. I actually had to throw out the first bottom layer I made because the egg in the mix wasn’t cooperating.  I’m not the best baker in the world, so this kind of dessert is a bit hard for me at first. But – I tried and the end result was pretty good.

Essentially what you do is make the dessert layer by layer. The bottom layer is butter, graham crackers, cocoa powder, egg, and coconut. The middle layer is custard and way too much icing sugar (I will be adjusting this layer too – way too sweet!). The top chocolate layer is semi-sweet chocolate melted with a bit of butter. You assemble the bars layer by layer and then place in the fridge to chill. Again, with a more solid recipe this dessert would be fairly easy to make!





All in all, I think it is a bit easier to actually walk to the store and purchase a package of Nanaimo Bars, but it was worth it to try!

This is all I can manage to write tonight – big track meet tomorrow and I also have work to do for my grad school course!




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  1. jade

    Those look awesome!!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      They were! nom nom nom

  2. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    Hm..I’m intrigued. A no-bake recipe with eggs, though? Can’t wait to see the recipe so I understand this part haha

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      You cook the chocolate/egg/graham crackers in a pot 🙂

  3. Stephanie@nowirun.com

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting that recipe! Those bars look SO good!


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