Nanaimo bars

I just came back from a beautiful vacation in British Columbia. Let me tell you that I was willing to stay there. Once you go to BC you never want to come back, Am I right? I stayed in Burnaby which was about 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver. Which was next to Metropolis at Metrotown, the second largest shopping mall in Canada. I visited Stanley Park, Capilano bridge, Grouse mountain, Mount Seymour ( that my friend and I hiked with an old friend from highschool), Kitsilano beach and many more. We took the ferry and stayed in Victoria for a night. We drove four hours from Victoria to get to Tofino, which I highly suggest if you haven’t been. But bring an extra suitcase because you’ll want to move there. On our way back to Victoria to take the ferry we stopped in Nanaimo for a Nanaimo bar… on a sunday… when every store but one closes at 5.



Alright enough talking, let’s get down to business!

Are you ready for a sweet decadent dessert? This is the real deal.

_MG_5645I mostly followed the recipe but as I ran out of butter, I decided to use half the amount of butter and used coconut oil instead.


Recipe is based on Joyce Hardcastle’s Nanaimo bar recipe

Base Layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup graham wafer crumbs ( gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in a double boiler on low heat. Add the egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in the last 3 ingredients. Firmly press into an ungreased 8×8 pan.

Second layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter ( or 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup butter)
  • 2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. cream
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder
  • 2 c. icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Cream all ingredients together in a stand mixer until it reaches a light consistency. Spread over base layer.

Third layer

  • about 1 cup of enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Melt in double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Pour over second layer and cill in refrigerator. Cut in squares and ENJOY!


A little side note, if you are ever in Tofino you should definitely eat at SOBO restaurant!

Delicious fish tacos, tofu rolls, pizza and incredible desserts.

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