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Coconut Nanaimo Bars

by Marie Telling • from the video Canadian Chocolate Bars Four Ways


for 9 bars


  • ½ cup (115 g) butter
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups (105 g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup (70 g) sliced almond, chopped
  • ½ cup (35 g) flaked coconut

Middle Layer

  • ½ cup (115 g) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups (240 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (60 g) unsweetened shredded coconut

Chocolate ganache

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 oz (170 g) chocolate
  • shredded coconut, to garnish



  1. In a bain-marie, melt the butter, sugar, and cocoa powder.
  2. Stir in the egg and keep stirring for a minute until the mix thickens.
  3. Remove the bowl from heat.
  4. Add the graham cracker crumbs, the almonds (chopped finely), and the coconut flakes.
  5. When well mixed, pour into an 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) pan and flatten until you get an even layer.
  6. Cream the custard powder, softened butter, and coconut milk until smooth.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and the shredded coconut and mix until smooth.
  8. Pour the mixture on top of the crust and spread it until you get an even layer.
  9. In a bain-marie, slowly melt the chocolate and the butter.
  10. Cool it down a little bit then pour it over middle layer.
  11. Chill the bars for at least 3 hours.
  12. Cut them into 9 even squares and sprinkle each one with shredded coconut.
  13. Enjoy!




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