Nanaimo Crunch Bars


from The New Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Nanaimo Crunch Bars

These delicious Nanaimo Crunch Bars squares are sure to be a favorite with your family! No baking required.


1/2 cup butter or tub margarine
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs or granola cereal
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1/4 cup soft butter or tub margarine
3 tablespoons milk (1%)
2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla pudding powder or custard powder

4 squares (4 ounces/125g) semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter or margarine


Using a Food Processor:

For Base: In a large microwavable bowl, microwave butter or margarine on High until melted, about 1 minute. Blend in cocoa, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Microwave, uncovered, for 1 minutes, stirring after 30 seconds. Mixture will resemble custard. Chop nuts on the STEEL BLADE with 6 or 8 quick on/off pulses. Add nuts, graham wafer crumbs or granola and coconut to microwaved mixture; stir well. Press evenly into a sprayed 9-inch square pan.

For Filling: Process all filling ingredients until well mixed, 15 to 20 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Spread filling evenly over base. Chill for 15 minutes.

For Glaze: Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine on Medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes, until melted, stirring after each minute. Let cool for 10 minutes. Pour Glaze over filling. Tilt pan back and forth so that glaze coats evenly. Chill. Cut into squares.


Yield: 2 dozen bars

Freezes well but cut into bars before freezing.

198 calories per serving, 23.9 g carbohydrates, 1.2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 11.8 g fat (6.7 g saturated fat), 16 g cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 78 mg potassium, 1 mg iron 14 mg calcium, 42 mg phosphorus

Recipes: Desserts, Bars, Dairy, Kosher

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