Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Very rich bars - do not remain on a plate long. My son begs me to make these all the time but I usually save them for a special treat at Christmas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bottom Layer: Cook butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and beaten egg in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, graham crumbs and almonds. Pat firmly into 9 x 13 pan. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Filling: Cream butter, cherry juice and almond extract. Gradually beat in icing sugar to make a smooth spreading consistency. Stir in cherries. Spread over the first layer in the pan. Chill until firm.
  3. Top Layer: Heat chocolate and butter, stirring constantly until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill.
Most Helpful

Laursy,Sorry ,at this time I cannot offer any stars,as am undecided.
my base was pressed in non-stick pan,and chilled allright.The filling was added ,and top layer added.When I went to cut these ,from the fridge the base was all crunbly.
I did use Becel a non-hydrogenated marg,as Doctor prescribes (Canada).I use this all the time as a sub for butter.Have you had any experience as this"..Thanks Don Steele

Don Steele November 23, 2010

I first found a recipe like this about 15 years ago in Canadian Living Magazine...and I lost it. Two years ago I found this version and it has become a family favourite. Last year I attempted to drizzle the chocolate on top and found when it hardened it made cutting the squares difficult. This year I combined chocolate chips and whipping cream, melted together and then spread over the cherry layer with a spatula for a complete layer of chocolate. Much easier to cut and reminds me of other naniamo recipes. Thanks for posting it will be forever part of my Christmas baking.

Lifeswruff December 15, 2008

These are excellent! I made them to add to my Christmas tray. I used short unsweetened coconut and it was perfect. I used 1/2 box (3 squares chocolate, melted in the microwave). Wonderful taste and a recipe I will keep close at hand. Thank-you!

Dotty2 November 12, 2005