I’m wrapping up my five days of Canadian food with a delicious treat Vancouver Island! Nanaimo Bar’s are a sweet, creamy chocolatey treat named for the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

The bottom layer of these beauties is a chocolate, almond, coconut, and graham combination.The centre is sweet and creamy; and the top is a firm, semi-sweet chocolate. I really can’t decide which part is my favourite!

My girls are going to love these as a special treat for their afternoon tea parties and they freeze well so I can dole them out one at at time. They are very sweet and rich, I don’t trust myself with a a pan of them within easy reach!

Five Days of Canadian Food! Nanaimo Bar Recipe!


It’s a great, fancy treat for a church event, potluck or for christmastime!

Nanaimo Bars

Bottom Layer:

  • ½ cup  butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
  • ½ c. finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Second Layer

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 Tsp. cream
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Third Layer

  • 8 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  1. Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.
  2. Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well.  Spread over bottom layer.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat(the microwave works well here, stopping and stirring every 15-30 seconds) Cool. When cool but still runny, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.
Now excuse me while I go and freeze half of these for the kids! This wraps up my Five Days of Canadian Food! Can you think of any quintessentially Canadian foods that I missed?

Here they all are in case you missed them:

1. Maple Syrup (Maple Butter Nut Granola Recipe)

2. East Coast Green Tomato Chow

3. French CanadianTourtière

4. Beaver Tails 

5. Nanaimo Bars

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