Nanaimo Bars

This is the quickest Nanaimo Bar recipe I have ever made! These squares are made in the microwave! In fact, I don’t make any other recipe anymore!! Not for many years… I love this one

The recipe is from 1989…when I thought that using my microwave to cook & bake was great! I hardly ever use it for that now!

Anyway…the cookbook this recipe is in is called MICRO WAYS by NORENE GILLETZ.. if you have the book the recipe is on page 351

There are the 3 layers to make… and then the bars are chilled

Easy & delish!

Here is the recipe… with permission from Norene Gilletz, I have not changed it except that recipe calls for nuts in the base layer & I did not put nuts in, so I have left them out of this recipe


Layer 1

1/2 cup butter

1.4 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup graham wafer crumbs

1 cup flaked coconut

Layer 2

6 tbsp soft butter

3 tbsp vanilla pudding powder, I used the instant vanilla pudding

5 tbsp milk

3 cup icing sugar

Glaze Layer

4 squares send-sweet chocolate

2 tbsp butter


 You will need a 7 x 11 inch pan

Grease the pan, I used cooking spray

Base Layer

  1. Use a large microwave safe bowl
  2. Put the butter in the bowl and microwave uncovered on high until it is melted, about 1 minute
  3. Add the sugar, cocoa, egg & vanilla & blend well
  4. Microwave this for 1 minute, uncovered, stir after 30 seconds
  5. Add the crumbs & coconut. Mix well
  6. Press this mixture evenly into the prepared pan, set aside

Custard Layer

  1. You can mix this layer in a food processor, makes it very easy
  2. Mix the butter, vanilla pudding powder, milk & icing sugar together until smooth
  3. Spread this evenly over the bottom layer
  4. Be careful not to pull the bottom layer into this layer, I used an off-set spatula to spread this but a butter knife will work well

Chill these 2 layers in the refrigerator while you make the glaze.

Glaze Layer

  1. Microwave the chocolate & butter together in a microwave safe bowl, until the chocolate if melted… uncovered for about 1 1/2 minutes
  2. Mix well
  3. Let the glaze cool for 10 minutes

Pour the glaze over the chilled layers… tilt the pan around back & forth so that the glaze spreads out evenly over the custard layer

Chill until firm

Cut into squares


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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