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Close up view of a plate of 3 layered bars. The bottom layer looks like a brownie, the middle is a thick brown buttercream, and the top is a smooth chocolate ganache. Mocha Nanaimo Bars!
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5 from 2 votes

Mocha Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars can be made in many different flavours, but this Mocha Nanaimo Bar is one of my all time favourites!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Canadian
Servings: 20 - 1 8x 8 pan
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Marie Porter


8 inch square glass dish


Bottom Layer:

  • ½ cup Butter unsalted
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Large Egg beaten
  • 1 ¼ cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • ½ cup Finely Chopped Almonds
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Middle Layer:

  • ½ cup Butter
  • 3 tablespoon Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Instant Coffee
  • 2 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tablespoon Cook-and-Serve Vanilla Pudding Powder NOT instant!
  • 2 cups+ Confectioners / Icing / Powdered Sugar

Top layer:

  • 6 oz Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares
  • 3 tablespoon Butter


  • Melt butter in small saucepan. Add sugar and cocoa powder, mix well. Add egg, stir well. Egg will cook and thicken.
  • Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into a larger bowl containing the last 3 bottom ingredients. Mix well and press firmly and evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Set aside.
  • Cream Butter. Warm cream in a small bowl, dissolve instant coffee into it, then add to the butter.
  • Add cocoa powder and pudding powder, beat well. Slowly and carefully add confectioner’s sugar. Mixture should be VERY thick – add a little extra confectioner’s sugar if needed. Spread evenly over bottom layer.
  • Melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, then pour over middle layer. Chill in fridge before slicing into bars.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg