Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

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If you’re outside of Canada, you may not know what a nanaimo bar is. Let me tell you – you’re missing out! It’s a delicious mixture of chocolate, coconut and custard and it’s a party favorite here in Canada. What could possibly make a nanaimo bar even more delicious? Turning it into cheesecake! Yep, all the deliciousness of a nanaimo bar turned into a Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake! Grab your drool bibs and let’s hop into the recipe.

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake Recipe

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake Recipe

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake:

Nanaimo bars are a favorite around the holiday party season but this cheesecake can be enjoyed all year long. Really, is it ever the wrong time for dessert? Nope! Note that this cheesecake is best when refrigerated and chilled overnight before serving so make sure you work that timing into your party plans.

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Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake Recipe

This Nanaimo Cheesecake recipe takes a classic Canadian dessert and upgrades it to a delicious cheesecake!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • Crust:
  • 3 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies (like Oreos)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Cheesecake:
  • 3 packages (250g each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup custard powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Chocolate Ganache Topping:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • 1 jar prepared chocolate frosting
  • additional toasted coconut for decorating



  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Stir together the cookie crumbs, melted butter and coconut until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Press this mixture into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 9" spring form baking pan (parchment lining between the crust and the bottom of the pan isn't required but it sure makes for easier removal of the cheesecake).
  4. Put this in the refrigerator while you combine the cheesecake filling.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and occasionally scraping down the inside of the bowl.
  3. Beat in sour cream, custard powder, vanilla and flour until smooth.
  4. Pour cheesecake batter over chilled crust and smooth top.
  5. Bake until the middle is set (no longer jiggling). This takes about 80-90 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely on wire rack (about 1 hour).
  7. Prepare ganache topping: Place chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat cream over medium heat (stirring constantly) until it starts to boil slightly. Remove from heat and immediately pour over chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes then stir until completely mixed. Let this cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before pouring on top of cheesecake.
  8. Cover cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before removing from the pan. Best if left to chill in refrigerator overnight before serving.
  9. Run knife around inside of pan before removing cheesecake.
  10. Top with chocolate icing swirls and extra toasted coconut. To toast the coconut, I heat it in a small frying pan over medium heat (stirring constantly as it burns quickly) until it reaches the desired level of crispiness. You'll want to let the toasted coconut cool before sprinkling over the cheesecake.

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