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Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars. A new recipe with a twist on the classic Canadian treat, the Nanaimo bar. Here the sweet centre gets infused with tangy orange flavour.

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

2020 update – following the success of my attempts to improve on traditional Nanaimo Bars, I decided to apply the same approach to this favourite recipe. The new recipe includes a thicker base and incorporates some custard powder into the orange filling.

All of my cookie testers loved that addition. I think it gives an almost orange sherbet-like flavour to the rich filling centre.

For those of you who want to stick to the original recipe which has been so popular here, simply use the ingredient list in the Notes section of the recipe.

Originally published November 24, 2011.

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars, a delectable new version!

Okay, so maybe I’m a sucker for anything chocolate orange but I don’t know how I didn’t think of this idea before… shocked actually!

I’m thinking it’s because I don’t make Nanaimo Bars very often. I don’t make them very often because they are one treat I cannot resist.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

Dark Chocolate Chips. I prefer 50% cocoa chips when melting chocolate.

With many of the treats I make, I am content to sample one or two and pass the rest on to family and friends but Nanaimo bars would never make it out of the house. They are the best thing to ever come out of that beautiful British Columbia town.

I’ve sampled many different versions of this classic Canadian favourite sweet, including mint, mocha, Irish cream, even peanut butter but I have never seen a chocolate orange version.

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

When Spouse and I were talking about which cookie recipes we could add to our growing on-line collection, she mentioned that I hadn’t included Nanaimo bars. As always, my mind goes to, “How can I put a little twist on that?”

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Almost immediately the chocolate orange idea came straight to mind.With just a little orange juice concentrate and the finely minced zest of a single orange, these amazing no-bake bars are transformed into something new and spectacular.

You MUST try these… and no, none of these left the house. We all fought over the last crumbs.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try this recipe with seasonal citrus like tangerines or Clementines for the Holidays.

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Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars
Yield: 24 bars

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Orange Nanaimo Bars - a new recipe with a twist on the classic Canadian treat, the Nanaimo bar. Here the sweet center gets infused with tangy orange flavor.

Ingredients

For the Base Layer

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, fine or medium
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

For the the Orange Frosting Filling

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  • zest of one small orange, finely minced
  • 3 cups icing sugar, i.e., powdered sugar or confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup custard powder
  • 1 tbsp milk, or enough to get it to a very thick but spreadable consistency

For the Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

To Prepare the Base Layer

  1. In a small saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar and cocoa over low heat.
  2. Add the beaten egg and continue to cook, stirring constantly to fully cook the egg with the mixture resembling a soft scrambled egg texture.
  3. Add the graham crumbs, coconut and walnuts.
  4. Mix together until well combined then, press into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 9×9 inch baking pan.

To Prepare the Orange Frosting Filling

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, orange juice concentrate, zest, icing sugar custard powder and milk until smooth.
  2. This frosting should be very stiff but spreadable. If you think it’s too thick, you may add a few drops of milk at a time to bring it to the right consistency. If it is too soft, add a little more icing sugar.
  3. Spread evenly over the bottom layer. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before adding the chocolate topping.

TO Prepare the Chocolate Topping

  1. Melt together over low heat, just until the chocolate is melted, don’t over heat it.
  2. Spread quickly over the chilled frosted layer. Return to the fridge until the chocolate sets.
  3. Cut into squares or bars. These freeze very well.

Notes

Here is the ingredient list for the base and filling of the original version of this recipe as written in 2011.

For the Base Layer

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

5 tbsp cocoa

one beaten egg

1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup fine or medium unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

For the the Orange Frosting Filling

1/2 cup butter

2 cups icing sugar i.e., powdered sugar or confectioners sugar

Zest of one orange finely minced

2 tablespoons frozen Orange juice concentrate

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 332Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 50mgSodium 146mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Jane Altemen

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hi Barry, We love your recipes. We cannot get oj concentrate here in Bangkok. Do you think I could use orange juice in another volume instead?

Thank you, Jane

Pamela

Thursday 12th of November 2020

The original version lists mint extract -- is that a typo?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Oops, yes it is a copy and paste error from the mint version. Fixed now.

Nora Dolan

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

I want to try this with lime juice and zest; should I freeze the lime juice first?

Carol U

Monday 4th of May 2020

I made these bars and are very tasty, however I had an issue with the base, Followed the recipe to a T, but it is crumbly and does not stay together when cut. Is it possible I did not press down the base hard enough?? Should they be kept refrigerated?

Jill Leslie

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Chocolate and orange are a definite favourite in our house too! Not much else to do in this Covid-19 time... Bake!

My original Nanaimo Bar recipe, given to me by a friend is similar to yours but it did say to bake the base for 7-10 min. I spread the frosting on a just warm base. I have found this works well for me in order to keep the layers together. I found that the frosting and chocolate "snapped" apart sometimes when cutting them..

I noticed you didn't talk about that being a problem. You must have a defintie knack!

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