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No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 12 slices

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This No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake has all of the familiar flavors of the classic Nanaimo bar but in an easy no bake cheesecake! The perfect Christmas dessert (but I won’t tell if you indulge year round!). Includes step by step recipe video.

no bake nanaimo bar cheesecake whole with chocolate ganache

Happy December friends! I am continuing on my quest to turn all of my favorite Christmas treats into a cheesecake with this No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake — maybe my favorite so far (although this No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Square Cheesecake is equally as delicious!).

Naniamo Bars are just one of my favorite classic Canadian treats (friends, we have some incredible eats up here!) and they originated in Nanaimo, B.C.. Makes sense, right??

For this cheesecake, I have borrowed the base for this cheesecake from the Nanaimo Bar recipe on Nanaimo’s web site, although I have simplified the method a little to suit my lazy girl baking style.

no bake nanaimo bar cheesecake slice on white plate with bite on fork

On top of that, we have a silky smooth no bake cheesecake, with a good amount of Bird’s Custard Powder (affiliate link) for that classic flavor. I honestly don’t even know what you would use for a substitute if you couldn’t find it — it’s so readily available here that it’s not an issue! I supposed you could swap it for an equal amount of instant vanilla pudding mix, just don’t tell any self-respecting Canadian you did so.

And on top of that? A silky smooth dark chocolate ganache.

If there is one dessert you need to make this holiday season, this is it friends. It comes together so easily and will totally wow your guests!

no bake nanaimo bar cheesecake bite close up on white plate with white background

Tips and Tricks for Making this No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake:

  • If you can’t find Bird’s Custard Powder in stores, you can order it on Amazon here (and I get a few pennies for telling you that).
  • Let it chill overnight if you can, so that it is firm and slices perfectly!
  • Want to add a little garnish? Sprinkle some toasted coconut and almonds on top after pouring on the chocolate.
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No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake Recipe + VIDEO

5 from 4 votes
This No Bake Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake has all of the familiar flavors of the classic Nanaimo bar but in an easy no bake cheesecake! The perfect Christmas dessert (but I won’t tell if you indulge year round!). Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 slices
Calories 624cal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut unsweetened will work fine

Filling:

  • 3 packages cream cheese 8 oz
  • 1/2 cup Bird’s custard powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 35%
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Ganache

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate 1 100g bar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • CrustIn a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and cocoa.
  • Gradually whisk in egg, stirring constantly. The heat from the pan and the butter will cook the egg as you stir (no raw eggs!).
  • Stir in graham crumbs, almonds, and coconut until combined. Press firmly into a 9″ Springform pan.
  • Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add custard powder, cream and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Pour into Springform pan over crust and refrigerate to chill.
  • Ganache: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and cream in 15-20 second intervals, stirring well each time, until smooth (be careful NOT to overheat the chocolate or it will seize!) — I only had to do this twice.
  • Remove cheesecake from the fridge or freezer and pour over top, smoothing to the edges. Refrigerate until completely set, at least 5-6 hours, before serving. Refrigerate leftovers up to 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 624cal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. Ashley Lawlor says

    This recipe knocked my family’s socks OFF! It tasted exactly like a giant Nanaimo bar. This was my first no-bake cheesecake and we will definitely come back to this recipe because HO-LY if I could give this 10/5 stars, I would.

  2. Melanie says

    I made this recipe for my mom’s 69th birthday. We are Canadian and live in BC and the Nanaimo Bar is one of my mom’s favourite desserts. I loved the no-bake factor as it’s summer and didn’t want to heat up my oven on a warm day. The crust of the Nanaimo bar is arguably the best part, so I doubled the crust recipe, and I’m glad I did! You definitely have to chill the cake for a day before you want to serve it. Don’t put too much whipping cream in it, or the cake won’t set properly. I followed the recipe exactly for the cream cheese layer, and it turned out amazing. Bird’s custard powder is a staple ingredient of the Nanaimo Bar, but I know grocery stores in the USA don’t usually carry it. We loved the ganache layer on the top.
    Thank-you for a wonderful recipe! The cheesecake was delicious and rich and looked super classy. I will definitely make this again for a special occasion!

  3. Rhiannon Ryder says

    Loved the flavour, but the actual
    Cheesecake layer did not retain its shape outside of the cake tin…any tips? I have a request to make it again but it was so messy! It did sit in the fridge for an entire day befor I took the ring off and served.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I would make sure you choose full fat cream cheese (it has less water percentage) and make sure you have heavy whipping cream and whip the filling until it is thick. If you do that there shouldn’t be any problems!

  4. Heather says

    This was super simple and divinely delicious! I live a couple hours from Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, so we are pretty particular about our Nanaimo bars. Enjoying just a small slice of the cheesecake was like indulging in a giant Nanaimo bar, but with the richness of cheesecake. It was a huge hit. I make several baked cheesecakes in a year, and they are sometimes hit and miss as far as setting properly. My husband declared this the best cheesecake I’ve ever made! I wouldn’t change a thing, and it will be requested again, I am certain.

  5. Stacy Pampuch says

    The custard powder Amazon link actually goes to the Nanaimo city (region?) website, not an affliliate link to purchase. I’m happy to make sure your spiff is credited – can you please check that link? I’m in Minnesota so *almost* a Canadian? 🙂 . Looks so delicious.

  6. Kara says

    I tried this recipe but due to an almond allergy, I used peanuts. It was delicious and tasted like a super yummy snickers bar!

  7. Nan says

    Definitely making this and thought I did contemplate ordering the custard on Amaxon I think Ill use the American Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (I keep it on hand for making Orange Julius drinks) , because that is what my grown children are used too .. (if it were me and my husband I’d definitely get the custard he had a British mother & I had an Italian Nana who made awesome custard desserts) I’m going to give this one a try for Thanksgiving instead of the normal no-bake cheesecake and see how it goes ovee.

  8. Carol says

    I made the cheesecake but the custard layer was very liquid and would not hold its shape. Is it only 1/2 cup custard powder? The video shows two scoops. Were these 1/4 cup measures? The flavor was great!

  9. Emma says

    Hi Ashley ,
    Just trying to find the video for the Nanaimo cheesecake . I went to your blog and all. See
    Is the recipe ? Any tips ?

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