Nanaimo Bars

Published May 1, 2017
Prep Time: 0:18 Cook Time: 1:00 Serves: 16

Sweet, crunchy and delicious, this treasured Canadian dessert keeps well in your fridge for when chocolate cravings soar!


  • 1 cup(s) graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 1⁄8 cup(s) dried shredded and sweetened coconut meat
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, melted
  • 1 oz fat-free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup(s) fat free skim milk
  • 5 oz lite whipped topping
  • 5 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 4 tsp reduced-calorie margarine


  1. Line bottom of an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Place graham cracker crumbs, nuts, chocolate chips and coconut in a food processor; pulse until combined and then add melted margarine. Stir together and pour into prepared baking pan, patting down crust evenly on the bottom; place into freezer for 10 minutes. (Note: If you cannot find graham cracker crumbs, crush 6 whole graham cracker sheets into crumbs in a food processor.)
  3. In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until firm; add in whipped topping. Spread evenly on top of chilled crust and place back into freezer for 45 minutes, or until firm.
  4. Set a small saucepan over low heat and add an inch of water. Bring to a simmer and place a metal bowl over the simmering water. Add in the chocolate and margarine and allow to melt about 3 minutes; stir and set aside until luke warm. Pour and spread over pudding layer and place into refrigerator until set, about 5 minutes. Cut into 16 bars and serve.