Better Than BC Nanaimo Bars

Header - Nanaimo Bars

I am pretty sure I came out loving Nanaimo bars. Actually, I probably came out loving the middle of Nanaimo bars. The other layers were an acquired taste. But now I love all of them.

Now, of course I don’t actually think these are better than the bars from the real Nanaimo in British Columbia. But, I have a distinct memory of being on a road trip with my family when I was young and having a hell of a time finding some actual bars. Seriously. Ask my parents. They will tell you. It took us several stops before we found any. I mean, you would think it would be on their “Now Entering” sign.

Anyways, turns out you don’t have to go to BC for Nanaimo bars. You can make them at home. I know, right? Who knew? Give this vegan recipe a go. I know you will love it.


1/2 c. Earth Balance butter substitute

4 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 c. coconut

1 egg made with egg substitute, use package directions

1/4 c. brown sugar

2 c. vegan graham crumbs (I have a hard time finding these so I often just throw some animal crackers in a food processor)

1 tsp. vanilla

pinch of salt


1/2 c. Earth Balance butter substitute

1 tbsp. vanilla custard powder (Bird’s custard)

2 c. icing sugar

2 tbsp. soy milk


4 squares vegan semisweet chocolate

1 tbsp. Earth Balance butter substitute

Mix all of the ingredients for the bottom layer in a medium sized bowl and press it into the bottom of an 8×8 square pan.

For the middle layer, mix butter substitute, custard powder and sugar. Add the milk. Spread the custard over the bottom layer and let it chill for half an hour.

Melt 4 squares semi sweet chocolate with the 1 tbsp. Earth Balance butter substitute. Spread over filling and chill for another hour.

Once the top layer has hardened, cut into your perfect size and eat!

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