Easy Nanaimo Bars

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  • Published Jan 16th
  • Ready In3h 25m
  • Servings16
  • Calories285
This is a popular cookie bar in Canada. This is however only one of many variations on this recipe.

Easy Nanaimo Bars Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Easy Nanaimo Bars for 16 servings:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 (1 ounce) envelopes instant hot chocolate mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares milk chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Easy Nanaimo Bars Cooking Instructions

  • Prep25m
  • Cook-
  • Ready In3h 25m

To cook Easy Nanaimo Bars, you need about 25 minutes of preparation time. The following are the steps to cook Easy Nanaimo Bars easily:

  1. 1 Grease a 9x9-inch square pan. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan over low heat, and stir in cocoa mix, vanilla extract, and egg. Whisk together until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute (do not boil); remove from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup coconut, and walnuts. Mix well, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill the crust for about 1 hour.
  2. 2 Place the cream cheese into a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the milk, vanilla pudding mix, and confectioners' sugar to make a spreadable, creamy mixture. If mixture is too stiff to spread easily, add more milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Spread the filling in an even layer over the crust, and return to refrigerator. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. 3 Melt milk chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Spread the topping evenly over the vanilla layer, and refrigerate about 1/2 hour, until the topping is firm but not hard. Cut into bars, then return to refrigerator to finish chilling, at least 1/2 hour more. Serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 285 calories; 15.1 grams of fat; 35.6 grams of carbohydrates; 3.1 grams of protein; 35 milligrams of cholesterol; 188 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Aug 26th 2018

    Probably the most decadent thing I have every made :D

  2. Jul 8th 2017

    Awesome... everyone wanted the recipe. Not something seen in the south..but now a new favorite!!!

  3. Apr 24th 2014

    These are easy to make, and I liked the graham-walnut-chocolate base; I might use the cookie base for a cheesecake in the future. They are very sweet, so I cut them into 1-inch squares.

  4. Apr 7th 2011

    I made these for a group gathering and most people loved them. The thing many liked was that, yes, they are incredibly rich, but this held them to a smaller piece with same level of sweet t ...

  5. Feb 22nd 2010

    I found this to be a bit too sweet, although the other people who ate it thought it was very good. I would have used a different method for the topping, though.. mix the chocolate with crea ...