Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

These are a traditional Canadian snack. They are named after the coal mine town of Nanaimo in British Columbia. They were apparently invented as a source of energy for the coal miners.


1/2 cup
1/4 cup
Cocoa powder
3 heaped tablespoons
Graham crackers
just under 2 cups
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
Heavy cream
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
Custard powder
2 tablespoons
Powdered sugar
2 cups
100 g
2 tablespoons


1. 1st Layer: Heat the first 3 ingredients over a bain-marie (butter, sugar, cocoa powder). Add the beaten egg and patiently heat on low heat until thick. Once it thickens, remove from the heat. Add the crushed graham crackers, finely chopped oven-roasted walnuts, and coconut. Mix together and press into the container.
2. 2nd Layer: Warm the 2nd butter listed in the ingredients (1/2 cup) to room temperature. Combine this melted 1/2 of butter with the heavy cream, custard powder, and powdered sugar. Mix until fluffy and then place on top of Step 1.
3. Melt the chocolate. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter (the 3rd amount of butter listed) and mix together over low heat. Stop the heat and let it cool slightly. While it's still liquid, pour on top of Step 2. Place in the refrigerator until completely chilled.

Story Behind this Recipe

I heard about this from a Canadian and thought the name was interesting, so I searched for a recipe and tried making it.