It's another month and another post for The Secret Recipe Club! This month I took a look at Erin's blog, Big Fat Baker. Looking around her blog I wanted to make everything! She has an amazing collection of dessert recipes on her blog and hosts a fun blog hop called The Holiday Recipe Club. I pinned numerous recipes while searching her blog but I finally settled on making Nanaimo Bars.
The reason I choose Nanaimo Bars are because I've seen them on a ton of blogs but I had absolutely no idea what they were. These bars are a Canadian treat that consist of a no bake cookie crust topped with a vanilla butter icing, and then finished off with a layer of melted chocolate. The name comes from a city in British Columbia.
I made my no bake cookie crust without nuts because I'm not a fan. The bottom layer has a strong chocolate flavor cut with the flavor of coconut. The middle layer has a strong vanilla taste and is smooth and creamy. The top layer of hardened chocolate gives the bar a nice crunch. I loved the combination of flavors and I'm so glad I finally tried these Canadian favorites!
Nanaimo Bars (adapted from Big Fat Baker)
For the bottom layer:
1 stick butter
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
2 ½ c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. shredded coconut
1 t. salt
For the middle layer:
¼ c. butter
3 T. half and half (I used fat free)
2 T. vanilla pudding powder
1 t. vanilla
2 ½ c. powdered sugar
For the top layer:
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 T. coconut oil (or you can use butter)
1. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.
3. Whisk in the egg and stir constantly for 2 minutes to prevent scrambling. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, and salt.
4. Press the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
5. In a medium bowl cream the butter and half and half. Stir in the vanilla pudding powder, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Mix well. Spread the mixture over top of the chocolate layer and refrigerate for an additional hour.
6. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. Mix well and pour over top of the vanilla layer. Smooth the top and refrigerate for 1 hour.
7. Remove from refrigerator and cut into squares. Refrigerate bars if not serving immediately.
This post linked to:
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Sweets for a Saturday,
Me And My Sweets
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I'm so happy you posted this recipe:) Brings me back to the first time I had Nanaimo bars, when I had a Canadian colleague.
These look wonderful!
I've been wanting to make Nanaimo-bars for ages
I tried this yesterday ! It works!
My family like the Nanaimo Bars so much! Thank you. 🙂
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You know it’s fun to do that. LOL. Hey, probably they would do this recipe too. 🙂
Actually, the filling used in this recipe isn't authentic 🙂 Traditionally you use Bird's Eye custard powder for the filling. It sets up nice and firm and you have a bar that cuts beautifully. As a British Columbian I know 🙂
Yum. These bars look so good! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Tempt My Tummy. The picture looks so good, I am pinning it! My Pinterest followers will love this! 🙂
Heather, these are awesome bars that I would just love!
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What a fabulous recipe, these look absolutely delicious! 🙂
I've seen these around but haven't got around to trying them out. I must say they look fabulous, I have just got to try them now!
Wow! They look so yummy! 🙂
Eva @ Eva Bakes
Wow - these sound great! I'd definitely omit the nuts like you did (I'm not a fan of them).
Yum! These are so unique and look absolutely delicious! I like that you omitted the nuts...definitely going to give these a try.
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Oh my, these sound good.
I had one of these for the first time at a bake sale recently. I'm dying to try them at home! thanks for the recipe!
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I have yet to make these. You make it look so easy!
I must admit, I have a complete weak spot for Nanaimo Bars, but I never knew how easy they were to make! (Perhaps that was a good thing..... 🙂
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i have heard of these, but yours look better!! yummmmmmmy!
I've not heard of these! They look so delicious. Great flavors.
So glad you liked them! I haven't thought about this recipe in forever but now I want to make them again (and have them looking more like yours did!)
Sounds very yummy..:) I'm hearing about this for the first time. Thanks for sharing!
These sound so unique! And, I've never heard of them before! Canadian friends have so much to offer 🙂