This easy no-bake recipe has been copied and re-named countless times, and while the origin is sometimes contested it is widely accepted to have originated in Nanaimo, BC sometime around the 1950's. Hence the name, Nanaimo Bars.
The original recipe has a base layer of chocolatey-graham crumbs, a middle layer of custard, then topped with chocolate. Since I'm not a huge fan of custard I modified the recipe to substitute the middle custard layer with peanut butter, along with some other minor tweaks to satisfy my nut obsession and make this recipe my own. If you're looking for the original recipe, you can check out the City of Nanaimo's website, which also includes some history behind this tasty tiered treat.
Introduce this quintessentially Canadian classic and you're sure to make friends wherever you go.
Enough talk, let's make some Nanaimo Bars!
Step 1: Ingredients
base layer (crumbly cookie bottom)
middle layer (peanut buttery filling)
top layer (mmm..chocolate)
You will also need:
- mixing bowls
- stove top pot
- pan (at least 8"x8", but almost any size will work)