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Mocha Nanaimo Bars

by Marie Telling featured in Canadian Chocolate Bars Four Ways


for 9 bars


  • ½ cup
    butter (115 g)
  • ¼ cup
    sugar (50 g)
  • 5 tablespoons
    cocoa powder, you can add 1 tbsp of instant coffee if you want a stronger mocha flavor
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups
    graham cracker crumbs (105 g)
  • 1 cup
    sliced almond, chopped (140 g)
  • ½ cup
    flaked coconut (50 g)

Middle layer

  • ½ cup
    butter, softened (115 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    custard powder
  • 5 teaspoons
    heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons
    instant coffee
  • 2 cups
    powdered sugar (240 g)

Chocolate ganache

  • 2 tablespoons
  • 6 oz
    chocolate (170 g)
  • cocoa powder, to garnish
    Calories 564
    Fat 31g
    Carbs 69g
    Fiber 4g
    Sugar 51g
    Protein 6g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  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, cream, and instant coffee until smooth.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  8. Pour 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 cocoa powder.
  13. Enjoy!