Canadian Food Tour! BC favourite Nanaimo Bar

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Drum roll, please…a staple in British Columbia and found across Canada and the United States is the delicious dessert: Nanaimo Bars. This no-bake dessert bar consists of a layer of graham wafer crumb and shredded coconut base, a layer of custard-flavoured butter icing in the middle, and topped with chocolate ganache. The bars are named after Nanaimo, B.C., where they became popular after the Second World War.



Bottom Layer

½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Second Layer

½ cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons cream
2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Third Layer

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Step 1: Melt butter, sugar, and cocoa on top of double boiler.

Step 2: Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Step 4: Mix cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Step 5: Melt chocolate and butter over double boiler on medium heat.

Step 6: Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Canadian Military Family Magazine