Nanaimo bars… no, it’s not pronounced “NAN-i-mo.” Though I see where that comes from! It’s actually pronounced “Nu-NA-mo,” and has derived from the city itself, in British Columbia. What is not to love about this dessert?!? Three layers of sweet deliciousness, and no baking required! You can see the appeal of this treat already!
I chose to go with my sweet tooth diet, and used a recipe (adapted from Tasty Kitchen) that added Nutella in the middle layer. The chocolate lover in me couldn’t resist… Sorry!
- 2 sticks of salted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts
- 6 Tbsp. Nutella
- 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
- 4 oz bar of Bittersweet chocolate
Melt 1 stick of butter, sugar and cocoa on top of a double boiler. Add the beaten egg and stir to cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. (You will see a definitely change in texture, very smooth and thick.) Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into an ungreased 8×8 pan, and chill until no longer warm to the touch.
Combine Nutella with 6 tablespoons of softened butter until thoroughly combined. Add confectioners sugar and mix until it’s well blended. Spread it evenly on top of the bottom layer, and chill for 30 minutes.
Melt bittersweet chocolate and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat in a double boiler. Cool slightly. Once cool, pour over the middle layer and chill until top layer is firm.
Cut into squares and eat!!