Ingredients

How to make it

  • Base:
  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Add sugar and cocoa. Mix well. Allow mixture to cool.
  • Whisk egg with vanilla. Whisk into cooled butter mixture.
  • Add graham crackers, coconut and walnuts.
  • Press evenly into greased 9 x 9 square pan.
  • Chill for at least 20 mintues
  • Filling:
  • Whip butter. Add in custard powder and milk.
  • Gradually add in sugar, flavouring and food colour.
  • Spread over base with spatula and return to the fridge.
  • Topping:
  • Melt chocolate and butter over water bath. Remove and cool down.
  • Add on top of the filling layer. Spread with spatula to get even layer.
  • Return to fridge for another 15 minutes.
  • Cut into squares and serve.
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  • mvdh1894 5 months ago
    I know it's been a while since anyone posted in this recipe, but I was looking for a recipe for Mint Nanaimo Bars and came across this. I make both traditional and gluten free Nanaimo bars all the time.
    Eggs are very important in the crust, you need it to bind it together, just keep the bars refrigerated and they will be fine.
    Custard powder is an essential part of the traditional bar, it is what creates the yellow filling. If the recipe says to make a vanilla custard from scratch, it is not a Nanaimo Bar.
    Nanaimo Bars are named for the city of Nanaimo in BC, Canada, where they were first created. I know it sounds silly, but that is the truth. I am from BC and know that for fact. Check out the City of Nanaimo website and they will give you more information. It is something they are very proud about. Butter Tarts and Nanaimo bars are two very Canadian treats. If you haven't tried either, you are definitely missing out!
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    Likestoeat ate it and said...
    Isn't anyone concerned about a raw egg in the crust?
    Sounds good thou.
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    meals4abby ate it and said...
    This recipe rocks! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing and a big high-5 to you my Dear!!
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  • vegangal123 6 years ago
    YUMM!!!!!! These look delicious! I'm DEFINITELY gonna try them!!!!!
    -Vegangal123
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  • genna_gp 6 years ago
    Sounds absolutely yummy!!! Cant wait to try them!
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    wow! these sound great. I'll have to search for those ingredients and make these soon!
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    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    match made in Heaven, lovely dessert. Thank you.
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Wow wee - these look outstanding! I can't wait to make these...I love mint and chocolate together. A stellar and delicious team...thanks!
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  • kidaria 6 years ago
    OMG! I was searching the net for Bird's logo and found Philsbury and Edmond's has a custard powder and is readily available in the US. Good luck!
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  • kidaria 6 years ago
    Hey Solanacease and LauraKaay,
    Thank you for your questions. Custard powder is like cornflour and traditionally used as a thickener in place of eggs. When heated with milk, it thickens like a custard. The brand sold in Canada is called Bird's custard powder. I have seen in some Asian grocers, custard powder in a yellow box and chinese characters. I will try to insert Birds photo with this recipe. Yes, the crust is not baked (like non-baked cheesecake) and comes out tender and delicious with a creamy, custardy, chocolatey topping. When my colleagues go through a rough week, I bring in nanaimo bars and smiles all around.
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  • laurakaay 6 years ago
    These do sound good, but I too am at a loss for what custard powder is. And you don't bake the base? Please let us know, because these look fabulous and I really want to try them!!! ;D
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  • solanaceae 6 years ago
    These sound awesome! But what is custard powder?
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    ddnj2393 ate it and said...
    These sound great, I can't wait to try them!
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  • kidaria 6 years ago
    Thanks so much. Have a good day!
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    danadooley ate it and said...
    Gorgeous! Bet they taste great too. I've been wondering why they're called that. Would you know?
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  • annieamie 6 years ago
    These sound fabulous! Thanks so much for posting this recipe here! I'll definitely be trying this one soon!
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