Nutella Nanaimo Bars

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

I was looking for something to make with Nutella in it. I found this recipe on Healthy food for living. It seemed interesting so I tried it out.

Nutella Nanaimo Bars

Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
   Servings 36  Difficulty Easy


  • 2 sticks Salted Butter, Divided
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Preferably Dutch Process
  • 1 whole Large Egg, Beaten
  • 1-¼ cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • ½ cups Skinned Toasted Hazelnuts, Chopped
  • 3 ounces, weight Nutella
  • 6 ounces, weight Powdered Sugar
  • 4 ounces, weight Bittersweet Chocolate

Preparation Instructions

1. For the bottom Layer: Melt 1 stick butter, granulated sugar and cocoa on top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into an ungreased 10×6 pan, and chill until no longer warm to the touch.
2. For the middle layer: Combine Nutella with 6 tablespoons of softened butter until thoroughly combined. Add powdered sugar and mix until it’s incorporated and the mixture is the texture of soft frosting. Spread it evenly on top of the bottom layer, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
3. For the top layer: Melt bittersweet chocolate and remaining 2 tablespoon of butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over the middle layer and chill until firm.
4. Cut into small squares and enjoy.

It was quite easy to make and it tasted delicious.  The bars are not too sweet and not too heavy.  They are creamy and chocolaty. There is no baking involved, just a little top of the stove action.  And while the first two layers were chilling for a half hour, I cleaned up the horrible mess I made all over the kitchen.  I love to bake, but I always make a mess.  I need a magic wand to clean up after me.

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