Nanaimo Balls

Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat in the form of easy coconut balls.

No Bake Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat.

The famous Nanaimo Bars are from the city of Nanaimo here in British Columbia. I was in Nanaimo a few years ago, but I never ordered a Nanaimo bar – next time. I mean, I have to try it from the source right? That would be like going to the Keys and not ordering Key Lime Pie!

Truth be told, I’m not a baker. Aside from buns, I don’t bake often so when we decided to do a dessert ball recipe for the Holiday Entertaining Guide I was stumped. I opted to do a no-bake one, just to make it easier on myself. I was asked to create a Nanaimo bar recipe for a future post coming your way and I thought that no bake Nanaimo Balls would be an awesome option for today’s post.

No Bake Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat.

You know those days where you start baking and you realize you have no ingredients? That was me today and in true Randa fashion, I refused to go to the store (for the third time this week). So I made do what some substitutions and it turned out great. In place of custard, I used vanilla pudding mix. Another sub that I was really nervous about? I didn’t have cream, so I used the Internation Delight Southern Butter Pecan and omg – so good.No Bake Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat.

I had a little trouble with finishing them. Some I dipped in chocolate, some I sprinkled the chocolate coconut mixture on top of the melted chocolate. I don’t know what I like best.

Nanaimo Balls

If you like Nanaimo bars, then you’re going to love this recipe for Nanaimo Balls. Whether you use my substitutions or use the traditional cream and custard powder, these no bake desserts are going to be a hit around the holidays!

Nanaimo Balls

Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps melted butter
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder

Filling

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tbsps cream
  • 2 tbsps vanilla pudding mix

Chocolate Coating

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl add the graham cracker crumbs, coconut, pecans, melted butter, and cocoa powder. Stir and set aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix up the filling ingredients.
  3. Take the filling, roll in a ball that's about 3/4". Sprinkle the chocolate coconut mixture on top and roll until the filling is surrounded.
  4. Once all the balls are rolled out and placed on parchment paper, stick them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, place a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water and add the semisweet chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth and glossy.
  6. Remove the balls from the freezer and roll in the melted chocolate. Place back on the parchment paper and top with any additional coconut mixture.
  7. Let stand a few hours until chocolate is set, or toss them in the freezer to speed it up.
 

More Coconut Ball Recipes:

3 Ingredient Coconut Balls

Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

Coconut Breakfast Balls

Helpful Supplies for Making Coconut Balls:

Good Grips Melon Baller

Reynolds Baking Sheets Parchment Paper

Silicone Baking Mat

Shredded Coconut

Make sure you head to both Stacey and Julie’s websites to check out their dessert balls they prepared for the #HolidayEntertaining2016 guide.

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No Bake Nanaimo Balls are a twist on the classic Canadian dessert recipe, Nanaimo bars. Making this sweet confection, a bite-sized treat.

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7 comments on “Nanaimo Balls”

  1. Tried to make these and didn’t understand how the filling is “rollable”! It was a goopy mess 🙁

    • Oh no Amanda 🙁 Mine wasn’t goopy at all. It’s a soft, and gets stiffer over time. Let me double check my ingredients maybe I miss typed something!

    • I double checked and it’s what I wrote down. Are you sure you did 1/4 cup melted butter and
      3 tbsps cream? I may or may not have got my measuring cups confused in the past 😉

      It was soft though and hardened up over time (after I tossed them in the freezer to set).

  2. Oh my goodness I love this idea! I love Nanaimo bars and this would be yummy!

  3. What a great entertaining idea! They look beautiful!

  4. saw it, pinned it, made it, love it. gonna take a break before i toss them into the chocolate, but the few testers i had were very yummy. i used unsweetened coconut, as i don’t like sweets to be too sweet (makes no sense i know, but that’s how i roll :0) your recipe is a keeper, thanks for sharing.

    Karin

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