Classic Nanaimo Bars

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 25 min
  • serves 18 - 24

The earliest Nanaimo bar was found in Edith Adam’s cookbook from 1953. This version of the Canadian classic is served at Hearthstone Artisan bakery in Nanaimo, BC.

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Directions for: Classic Nanaimo Bars



315 g graham cracker crumbs

175 g sweet and fancy shredded coconut

68 g chopped walnuts

63 g cocoa powder

113 g sugar

169 g butter, melted

2 eggs

11 g vanilla extract


142 g butter at room temperature

40 g custard powder

13 g vanilla bean paste

625 g icing sugar, sifted

95 g milk

Chocolate Topping

256 g dark chocolate

83 g butter



1. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl.

2. Blend together until fully incorporated.

3. Press evenly into lined 9x13 cake pan, set aside.


1. Cream together butter and custard powder until fluffy.

2. Add in icing sugar, milk and vanilla bean paste, beat again until smooth and fluffy.

3. Spread mixture evenly over base and put in the fridge while melting chocolate in the next step.

Chocolate Topping

1. Chop up chocolate into small pieces.

2. Place chocolate in metal bowl with butter.

3. Set bowl over a boiling pot of water and stir with a heat proof spatula until melted, chocolate should be smooth and shiny.

4. Remove the pan from the fridge and pour chocolate over cold base and spread evenly on top.

5. Chill in the fridge for approx. 5 minutes until the chocolate is almost set. Score and cut the bars before they set.

6. Keep bars refrigerated until ready to eat.

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy of Haley Mannynvali from Hearthstone Artisan Bakery in Nanaimo, BC.

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