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Mocha Nanaimo Bars

from the video Canadian Chocolate Bars Four Ways ▶︎

by Marie Telling


for 9 bars


  • ½ cup (115 g) butter
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
  • 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 (105 g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup (140 g) sliced almond, chopped
  • ½ cup (50 g) flaked coconut

Middle layer

  • ½ cup (115 g) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 5 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 cups (320 g) powdered sugar

Chocolate ganache

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 oz (170 g) chocolate
  • cocoa powder, 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, 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!
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