Grandma Chase's Nanaimo Bars

Grandma Chase's Nanaimo Bars

Jessica Jolley 0

"Different from other Nanaimo recipes, it contains NO coconut. It was given to my mother in the 1970's by her mother-in-law."


1 h 45 m servings 90 cals
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Original recipe yields 60 servings



  • Calories:
  • 90 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 5.7 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 49 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Grease a 9x13-inch dish. To make the crust, place 1/2 cup of butter in a large saucepan, and melt over low heat. Stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, mix in the egg until the mixture is well-combined, then stir in graham cracker crumbs and walnuts. Pack the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, smooth it into an even layer, and refrigerate until cooled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Make the filling: beat together confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup of softened butter, pudding mix, and milk until the filling is smooth and fluffy. Spread the filling over the cooled crust, and return to refrigerator for 30 more minutes.
  3. For topping, melt chocolate with 2 tablespoons of butter over very low heat, and stir until the mixture is warm (not hot) and pourable. Pour the topping over the cooled filling, spreading the topping out if necessary with an offset spatula or knife to cover the topping completely. Return the dish to the refrigerator to cool the topping for about 15 minutes. When the topping is cool but not yet hard, cut into squares; return to refrigerator to finish chilling.
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  1. 13 Ratings


I've eaten a lot of nanaimo bars in my life and most are far too sweet for my liking, this one is definitely tastes much lighter with the sugar which i appreciated. I did miss the coconut but th...

Thanks Grandma Chase, this is a great recipe! My family LOVED them. I added red food colouring to the middle layer in celebration of Canada Day! I also replaced the walnuts with coconut (Sorry, ...

I used coconut instead of nuts because my husband cannot eat nuts. I thought these bars were just okay. There wasnt anything wrong with the recipe, it turned out just like the picture. The flav...

This is a great recipe; easy to follow and easily enjoyed by many! I would say that this recipe is not made to fill the 9X13 pan, it fit better in a 9x9.

Wow!! These are fantastic!! I thought my husband was going to melt into a puddle. Easy to make, but you need to watch it when heating stuff, make sure you don't scorch anything.

yummy..easy to make and the kids love it!!!

This is wonderful but our family calls it an eclair cake.

Fabulous recipe Grandma Chase! I like this recipe much better without the coconut. They however are very rich and need to be cut into small pieces. Thanks for posting a new summer go to recip...

My family and I are Canadian, but live in California. My father requested Nanaimo Bars for Father's Day, since it had been many years since he last had one. Made this recipe for him and he LOVED...