There was a Daring Bakers Challenge in the last couple of weeks and though not participating in that event, I saw a couple of posts about Nainamo bars and the pictures that accompanied them and they looked delicious; even if their name was a bit funny. I first made some for a ‘Girls Nite In’ I hosted a couple of weeks ago and they were so well received I made them again for a Super Bowl party I went to on Sunday. They are so simple and yes, a bit addictive. I made a double batch for the Super Bowl so I could freeze half and have them on hand for an Oscar party I’m hosting in March…cause @fujimama said they would freeze well; thanks Rachel!
This is a treat from Canada named after Nanaimo, British Columbia; they are ubiquitous enough that they are apparently sold in grocery stores, bakeries and coffee shops. Really easy to prepare too as there is no baking!
I revised the recipe just a bit from the one found here as I’m not sure what vanilla powder is so used vanilla pudding mix and just because…I added a bit of vanilla too!
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- 5 tbsp. cocoa
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ c. finely chopped almonds
- 1 cup coconut
- ½ cup butter
- 2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla pudding powder (not instant)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add beaten egg gradually and whisk to incorporate. Mixture should thicken as egg is incorporated. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.
- Cream butter, vanilla and pudding powder in large bowl. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk and once all is incorporated, beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.
- Cool in fridge (makes spreading top layer so much easier if this layer hardens a bit.
- Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over 2nd layer and spread to cover. Chill in refrigerator.
For my 2nd attempt for the Super Bowl party, I found that if I whisk as I add the egg, it blends together without the immersion blender...but good to know that if you have a problem with separating, a quick blend will give you the desired results.
I have to say it…’Bet you can’t eat just one!’