43. Nanaimo Chocolate Bar

Our lovely niece discovered the most amazing chocolate bars when she lived in Canada last year.  More about Nanaimo bars and links to recipes here. Of course, as you might expect, I haven’t stuck to the recipe.  As a special treat, I made these yesterday on the first day of National Novel Writing Month, I’ve named this variation ‘NaNoWriMo Bars’.

There are 3 layers to both Nanaimo and NaNoWriMo bars.  For this recipe I used a 18cmx28cm baking pan, that I lined with baking parchment.

Bottom Layer:

½ cup Butter

½ cup Sugar

5 tablespoons Cocoa Powder

1 egg

1¼ cup Digestive Biscuit Crumbs

¾ cup Porridge Oats

  • Melt butter, sugar and cocoa powder together
  • Add beaten egg and cook for a further 3 minutes
  • Take off heat and mix in other ingredients
  • Press into pan

Middle Layer

½ cup Butter

2 tablespoons Custard Powder

2½ tablespoons Milk

2 cups Icing Sugar

  • Beat ingredients together until light and fluffy
  • Spread over biscuit base

Top Layer

100g chocolate

2 tablespoons butter

  • Melt chocolate and butter together over a pan of hot water
  • Spread over top of cream layer
  • Place in fridge overnight

And here they are:


November 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Food & Drink.


  1. CraftyNiece replied:

    Oh my goodness, they look amazing… I meant to make Nanaimo bars with Dad recently, but we ended up busy with the allotment. Save one for me!

    • madebypin replied:

      This batch is gone already. Another batch in the fridge. I think the thing to do is reward oneself with a square after every 2500 words!

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