We follow a great Canadian tradition each Christmas by making a batch of the sinfully delish – Nanaimo Bars. I shared a picture of the weekend on Facebook of us making these and there were requests for the recipe, so here you are: Our Nanaimo Bar Recipe
You can add rum to the filling (center white portion), but if not, just increase the vanilla extract by ½ tsp and the milk by 2 tbsp.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours (including chilling)
- ½ Cup unsalted Butter
- ½ Cup granulated white sugar
- ½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ cup unsweetened flaked toasted coconut
- 1 cup graham-cracker crumbs.
Bake the Base:
- – With the oven rack in the lower third of the oven, preheat to 325 F
- – Grease a 9 x 9 cake pan and line with parchment paper (this makes it really easy to remove from the pan).
- – Melt butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in saucepan over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat to cool. Wisk in vanilla, then the egg. Stir in the coconut and graham-cracker crumbs.
- Scrape into the cake pan and smooth as flat as possible. Bake 12 – 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the base comes out clean.
- Let cool.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tbsp custard powder
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp dark rum
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Add the 2nd layer and Chill
- – Beat butter, custard powder, icing sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until light and fluffy.
- – Beat in rum, milk and vanilla
- – Spread over the cooled base and refrigerate 1 hour until firm.
- ¾ cup chopped dark chocolate
- 4 tsp coconut oil.
Top it Off:
- – Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until smooth
- – Pour chocolate over filling and spread evenly
- – Refrigerate until chocolate is almost set – about 30 -40 minutes
- – Gently score the top chocolate layer into 1-1/2 x 3 inch bars;
- – Return to the fridge for about another 30 minutes.
- – Cut the score lines
- – keep refrigerated until ready to serve
We usually do a batch with and without the Rum so the little people in our lives can enjoy them too.