Salted-Almond Nanaimo Bars


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
  • Makes24
Salted-Almond Nanaimo Bars
Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut, toasted

  • 3/4 cup graham-cracker crumbs

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped salted roasted almonds, divided

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tbsp corn syrup


  • 3/4 cup icing sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 tbsp custard powder

  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/8 tsp almond extract

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • LINE an 8 × 8-in. baking pan with overhanging parchment.

  • COMBINE toasted coconut with graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup almonds and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter and corn syrup. Press evenly into prepared pan.

  • BEAT icing sugar with 1/2 cup butter, custard powder, vanilla seeds and vanilla and almond extracts using an electric mixer on low, 1 min. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy, 2 min. Spread evenly over base.

  • MICROWAVE chocolate in a small bowl, stirring halfway, until smooth, 1 to 2 min. Pour over custard, smoothing top. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Chill until firm, 2 hours. Let stand 15 min, then cut into bars.

Nutrition (per bar)

Calories 148, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 13g, Fat 11g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 37mg.

Get more Nanaimo bar recipes, including our classic Nanaimo bar recipe.

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