Nanaimo Bars Recipe (No Bake)

Uma Raghuraman
Nanaimo Bars Recipe (No Bake)
1230 ratings.

Nanaimo Bar is probably Canada's favourite dessert. As the name suggests it originated from the Canadian west coastal city of Nanaimo in British Columbia. The uniqueness of this dessert is that it combines three favourite confections into one. A wafer crumb/biscuit based layer, a custard based layer and different types of chocolates on the top. The city of Nanaimo is so proud of this dessert that tourists to this city can even venture on Nanaimo Bar trails that takes them across the city experiencing many delicious and creative interpretations of this iconic bar. Well you don't need to go so far now. With the recipe below, you can now make it at home and experience what millions of Canadians enjoy. Though the original recipe calls for eggs, this is an eggless version. 

Serve these Nanaimo Bars for the upcoming New Years get together as a Party Dessert  and have your guests singing your praises.

Other eggless dessert recipes that you can try are:

  1. Apple Roses Recipe With Homemade Puff Pastry Sheets
  2. Eggless Whole Wheat Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
  3. Eggless Cake Pops Recipe


Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

180 M

Total in

190 M


20 Servings


    For the walnut layer:
  • 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 150 grams Dark chocolate , Dark or milk depending on your preference
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Unsalted) , softened
  • 2 cups Marie Biscuit , or any other biscuits, crushed
  • Milk , adjustable, optional
  • For the custard layer:
  • 2 tablespoons Custard powder , I used vanilla
  • 2 cups Caster Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • For the chocolate Layer:
  • 100 grams Dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Unsalted) , softened

How to make Nanaimo Bars Recipe (No Bake)

  1. To begin the preparation of Nanaimo Bars, first layer a square shape  6-8" tray with parchment paper or butter paper.

  2. For the biscuit layer, add the chocolate and butter in a large microwavable bowl and microwave in high for one minute or till the time the butter melts completely.

  3. Remove and stir well using a fork.

  4. Add the vanilla essence, walnuts, coconut , biscuit crumbs and mix well (add few teaspoons of milk if the mixture is too dry).

  5. Transfer them to the layered baking tray and spread them uniformly.

  6. Using the back of the ladle or spoon, press gently so that the mixture is tightly packed .

  7. In a preheated oven, just bake this layer for 7-8 minutes only at 180 degrees C  .

  8. For the custard layer, add the custard and milk and mix well.

  9. Stir in the powdered sugar little by little and beat to make a thick custard layer.

  10. Once the biscuit layer completely cools, spread the custard layer uniformly without any gaps.

  11. Place the tray in a refrigerator for at least one hour for the custard layer to set.

  12. For the chocolate layer, heat the chocolate and butter in a microwave for one minute, mix well and pour it over the custard layer.

  13. Refrigerate the dessert for at least 3 hours for the layers to set.Using a heated knife, carefully, cut the bars in desired shapes.

  14. Serve these Nanaimo Bars for the upcoming New Years get together as a Party Dessert  and have your guests singing your praises.

1 cup = 250 ml cup


1. While cutting the bars, the chocolate layer may break, so use a very sharp knife.

2. Heat it and then carefully cut them into bars.

3. If the custard layer is not very thick add a teaspoon more of custard powder and make it into a thick layer, else the custard layer might not set properly.