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Nanaimo Bars


  • Bottom Layer:
  • 1/2 c.  unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup  walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 cup  coconut
  • Middle Layer:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding powder
  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Nutella
  • Top Layer:
  • ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • Tbsp. unsalted butter


  1. For bottom Layer: Melt unsalted butter, sugar and cocoa in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into an ungreased 8 by 8 inch pan.
  2. For Middle Layer: Cream butter, cream, peanut butter, pudding powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light in color. Add the Nutella and swirl a bit with a knife. Do not over mix.  Spread over bottom layer.
  3. For Top Layer: Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over middle layer and sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts. Chill until firm.  If you have a hard time cutting these, try dipping a knife into very hot water and then cutting. The knife will slide right through the bars.