Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

If you’re like me when I first stumbled upon this dessert, you’re probably wondering “what the heck is a Nanaimo bar?” Well, according to Wikipedia, “The Nanaimo bar is a dessert item of Canadian origin popular across North America. It is a bar cookie which requires no baking and is named after the West Coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares.”

This is the first time I’ve made this dessert, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and how quickly it came together. At first I was a little intimidated by the fact that it had three layers, but I wasn’t going to let that deter me. (it was really quite simple to make)

I decided to make my bars a little more “seasonal” by adding a bit of pumpkin pie spice to the bottom layer, and using Pumpkin Spice flavored pudding mix in the second layer.

This dessert turned out to be wonderfully delicious, and I can envision making it again in the very near future. Just don’t ask me to pronounce Nanaimo. :)

~Enjoy~




Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Second Layer:
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons instant pumpkin spice pudding mix
2 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons milk

Third Layer:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

Bottom Layer:
Melt butter, sugar, cocoa, and pumpkin pie spice in the top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, graham cracker crumbs, and walnuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8” X 8” pan.

Second Layer:
In a medium bowl, cream butter and pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat until smooth. Spread over first layer and refrigerate until firm.

Third Layer:
Combine chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for approximately 30 seconds, until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly and pour over second layer. Place in refrigerator to chill. Cut into squares.

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12 Responses

  1. The word “Nanaimo” is pronounced Nuh-Nigh’- Moe with the accent on the second vowel. But in this case, we may want to pronounce it as follows: “YUMM-Y!” I enjoy following your blog from the lower 48. Thanks for sharing! – Lori

    • Thank you so much for letting me know how to correctly pronounce Nanaimo, Lori!! I really don’t like to pronounce things incorrectly, and I’m pretty sure now that I have been slaughtering this pronunciation. :)

  2. They look great! I do wonder how one pronounces nanaimo!

  3. I would pronounce this one – “delicious” :) In fact I’m sitting here looking at this dessert and drooling – and I just finished breakfast!!!
    I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks AK Mom!

  4. Oh, these sound yum and so quick and easy! I may have to indulge myself pretty soon!

  5. Wow, these look and sounds delicious! I love all 3 layers!

  6. This looks like a delicious dessert. The fact that no baking is required is a nice bonus.

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