Pumpkin Nanaimo Bars

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I’ve written about Nanaimo Bars before, but it’s been a while, and I thought I could tweak the recipe a little for the holiday season. Am I the only one who has trouble believing that it’s already November?

So, now that the holidays are upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes. I decided to go with a pumpkin Nanaimo bar because I had never seen one before, and I love to find uses for the instant pumpkin pudding that’s available this time of year. Pumpkin flavor fits this dessert perfectly. If you haven’t tried the original recipe for some crazy reason, make sure to try this one!

Just a word of warning about the pudding powder, here in San Antonio you can only buy it at WalMart. I’m not sure if that’s the same everywhere though. Do me a favor, if you live somewhere else, let me know if you see the Jello brand pumpkin pudding at any other grocery store. Another heads up, pumpkin pudding is only available from October until December.

If you looked at the picture and thought how amazing my skills have gotten recently, don’t be too jealous, Candice and I had another food photo shoot last week. Basically I made a bunch of food and held the reflector while she made everything look amazing! I’m hoping she does a couple of tutorials with this, because she had some pretty genius ideas for putting it together.

I have two more shots from her that I’ll post over the next couple of weeks. Trust me, you’re going to want to come back and see these pictures, and try the recipes!

Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 c. coconut

Frosting Layer

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. instant pumpkin pudding mix powder
  • 2 1/4 c. icing sugar

Top Layer

  • 1 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. butter

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Add the egg. Stir to cook and thicken. Remove the pan from heat.
  3. Stir in crumbs and coconut and press into a 9×9 ungreased pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat together milk, custard powder and powdered sugar until light and creamy.
  5. Spread over graham crumb layer.
  6. Place pan in freezer while making the top layer.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and butter together over low heat, or in the microwave. Cool for about ten minutes.
  8. Pour chocolate over the frosting layer and spread to cover the entire pan.
  9. Chill in refrigerator

 

sarahsig

 

5.0 from 2 reviews

Pumpkin Nanaimo Bars
Serves: 10
 

Nanaimo Bars
Ingredients
  • Bottom Layer
  • ½ c. butter
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ⅓ c. cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1¾ c. graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ c. coconut
  • Frosting Layer
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. instant pumpkin pudding mix powder
  • 2¼ c. icing sugar
  • Top Layer
  • 1¼ c. chocolate chips
  • ¼ c. butter

Instructions
  1. Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Add the egg. Stir to cook and thicken. Remove the pan from heat.
  3. Stir in crumbs and coconut and press into a 9×9 ungreased pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat together milk, custard powder and powdered sugar until light and creamy.
  5. Spread over graham crumb layer.
  6. Place pan in freezer while making the top layer.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and butter together over low heat, or in the microwave. Cool for about ten minutes.
  8. Pour chocolate over the frosting layer and spread to cover the entire pan.
  9. Chill in refrigerator

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16 Comments

  1. honey

     /  November 4, 2013

    Genius!

  2. That looks yummy! And holy cow where did the year go? But I do love the holiday season!

  3. I LOVE nanaimo bars!!! Add in pumkin and I may just be in heaven.

  4. The photo is stunning! but I think I would have drooled over these goodies no matter what :) Miss you both!

  5. Our local grocery store carries the Jell-O pumpkin pie pudding. :) The pictures are gorgeous!

  6. These were so amazing Sarah. And I can honestly say that since I ate more then half of them pictured! Yikes…but so, so good.

  7. Those look amazing! It’s on my to make list. Pinning!

  8. Oh my goodness, lady! Those look delicious! Pinning them to make later this week :)

  9. Jessica: They are delicious! Let me know how you like them.

  10. Pary Moppins: I don’t know why our grocery stores don’t all have the pudding. It’s perfect for a lot of recipes.

  11. Stacy, maybe I can bring some this week-end! I can’t wait to see you!

  12. Mary: It makes me so happy when someone knows what they are. I feel like people are missing out!

  13. Trisha, I’m pretty sure these would be a hit at your house!

  14. Honey: That’s high praise coming from you!

  15. Wow. Sounds amazing. Pinning!

  16. I’ve never had these bars but i’d like to try them. pumpkin sounds like a yummy variation!

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