A Canadian Nanaimo Bar Recipe


I've had a lot of comments recently about Canadian recipes and especially nanaimo bars!  You're gonna love this, it seems like a lot of work but it is actually simple once you get started.  Delicious and works great if you have people over for bite size desserts!

A Canadian Nanaimo Bar Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Real Momma
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
A Canadian recipe for a very Canadian dessert!
  • Crust:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 5 Tblsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tblsp instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 Tblsp milk
  • Fun thing to do: add a couple drops of food coloring for a fun twist!
  • Topping:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Grease a 9×13-inch dish. To make the crust, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a large saucepan, stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, mix in the egg until the mixture is well-combined, then stir in graham cracker crumbs. Pack the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, smooth it into an even layer, and refrigerate until cooled, about 30 min.
  2. For the filling: beat together icing sugar, 1/2 cup of softened butter, pudding mix, and milk until the filling is smooth and fluffy. Spread the filling over the cooled crust, and return to fridge for 30 more min.
  3. And for the topping, melt chocolate with 2 tablespoons of butter over very low heat. Stir until the mixture is warm (not hot) and pourable. Pour the topping over the cooled filling, spreading the topping with a spatula or knife to cover. Return the dish to the fridge to cool for about 15 min. When the topping is cool but not yet hard, cut into squares; return to refrigerator to finish chilling.

Servings depends on size of squares you cut, it is a bit sweet so don't go too big to start with! I like to add coconut to the crust for a little extra flavour but it is up to you.

Let me know how much you like this truly Canadian recipe!

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