Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

peanut butter nanaimo bar

kitchen_w150x125.jpg The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and

I didn’t make the gluten free graham crackers, only because I have never made graham crackers and I wanted to start with a conventional recipe first. I used the recipe from 101 Cookbooks and they turned out wonderfully. I plan to make them again soon as everyone in the family enjoyed them. They tasted just like the kind we’re used to … only better!

I also decided to put a twist on the classic Canadian treat, pronouced nah-neye-moh (accented syllable is underlined) and made peanut butter nanaimo bars (recipe below). They are a favourite of my family. Peanut butter and chocolate are always popular around here!


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  1. Rice Krispies sounds like a great addition, Carmel. Hope you like them. They were a big hit in my home!

  2. Hey there!
    I don’t usually have a sweet tooth but today I was up for the delish peanut butter chocolate combo… As a Canadian living in Australia I miss home faves – I even have to make my Graham Wafers from scratch! Anyway, I did your recipe but I made a few changes. I used less sugar in the base and thenI added Rice Krispies to the peanut butter layer and I also used two kinds of Belgian chocolate (one with almonds) as well as chocolate chips for the top layer. MMMM. I haven’t had a slice cos it’s still in the fridge chilling but it looks unreal!! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for your inspiring recipe!

  3. Excellent! Can never have enough Nanaimo bar recipes. This one looks excellent especially since our family all love Reese’s peanut butter cups. Can’t wait to try them.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Mmmm, these look really tasty! I love the peanut butter layer…looks delicious! :)

  5. yes! another peanut fan :)
    I have had to make this twice more since the original challenge, my family love it so much.

  6. Aww.. you made yours so neat, look so yummy :)

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by, Christi, fairy_mi and Amy! I think you’d like the peanut butter version. Reminds me of peanut butter cups.

  8. I really like that you used peanut butter in your recipe. I had never eaten a nanaimo bar so I used the recipe provided, and yes they are a little too sweet. Next time I might try your recipe.

  9. Yummmmm,I really like the peanut butter-chocolate combination,
    What a great version for this challenge-
    it looks superb!
    Great job!
    (also a DB)

  10. Ooo, a peanut butter middle sounds great! And they look lovely!

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