A creamy layer of vanilla custard flavored cheesecake sandwiched between a chocolatey coconut cookie crumb base and semi-sweet chocolate ganache. A twist to one of Canada's best known desserts. {Video Recipe}

Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Little Sweet Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16


This no-bake dessert is made up of a creamy layer of vanilla custard-flavored cheesecake sandwiched between a chocolaty coconut cookie crumb base, and semi-sweet chocolate ganache.



  • 1 cup (95g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (45g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup (35g) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup (75g) melted unsalted butter


  • 2250g pkgs of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp (20g) custard powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1&1/2 cups (165g) powdered sugar


  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) whipping cream


  1. Line a 9×9″ square baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Toss together the first 5 ingredients, then add in the melted butter and stir until mixture is moist. Press onto prepared baking pan and place in freezer.
  3. Combine all the filling ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and spread on top of cookie crust. Place back into freezer.
  4. Melt the chocolate and whipping cream over a double broiler. Pour overtop of filling. Spread to cover evenly and chill in the refrigerator until chocolate is set. Cut into 12 or 16 pieces.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: Canadian

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