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Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

The iconic Canadian confection gets a sweet kick with this delicious variation. Traditionally, Nanaimo bars are a Canadian dessert staple with a vanilla filling, but this recipe incorporates coffee for added boldness. This easy, no-bake treat has all the right flavors and textures, and one bite is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a burst of energy to help you power through the day. With three layers of goodness consisting of a fudgy graham cracker coconut almond base, a sweet coffee custard buttercream filling, and topped with a layer of rich semisweet and white chocolate marbled ganache, these chocolate cookie bars have a lot going on, but everything blends together perfectly.

Fudgy Graham Cracker Coconut Almond Base of Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Sweet Coffee Custard Buttercream Filling of Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Semisweet and White Chocolate Marbled Ganache of Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Three-layer Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Easy, No-bake Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars

Canadian Mocha Latte Nanaimo Bars


Chocolate Coconut Almond Crust

  • 1⅓ cups plain graham cracker crumbs (10 sheets)

  • ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¾ cup slivered almonds

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 3 Tbsp brewed coffee, cold

Coffee Latte Filling

  • 2¼ cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 Tbsp custard powder

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee

  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 3 Tbsps coconut oil, divided

  • 2 oz white chocolate, chopped


Chocolate Coconut Almond Crust

  1. Line a 9x9-inch pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, coconut, cocoa, almonds, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the melted butter and coffee and mix well until a batter forms.

  3. Evenly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Freeze the crust for 10 minutes.

Coffee Latte Filling

  1. Cream together the custard powder, butter, cream, and instant coffee until smooth.

  2. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.

  3. Pour the mixture on top of the crust and spread into an even layer. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place the semisweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring between each interval, until smooth.

  2. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the coffee latte filling and spread evenly with an offset spatula.

  3. Place the white chocolate and 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring between each interval, until smooth.

  4. Pour the white chocolate into a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off, and pipe parallel lines on top of the semisweet chocolate about ½-inch apart. Then run a skewer, toothpick, or knife through the chocolate in straight lines to create a marbled pattern.

  5. Refrigerate the bars for 1-3 hours or until firm, and then cut into squares before serving.

Adding coffee to baked goods can add an accent note or create a bold flavor. Get your caffeine fix by adding a jolt of java in a new way with these other sweet treats.

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