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Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars

Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars are three layers of rich, creamy goodness, and best of all this dessert is no-bake! Win win win!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Nanaimo Bars, Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36 squares
Calories 129kcal
Author Lauren Brennan


For the bottom layer:

For the middle layer:

For the top layer:


  • Line an 8x8 glass dish with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Create a double boiler by placing a heat-proof bowl over a pot with about 2 inches of simmering water. Keep in mind the bowl should not touch the water. Into the bowl, add in Crisco® shortening, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla.
    Ingredients in a glass bowl
  • Break apart the shortening into smaller pieces and stir with the other dry ingredients.
    Melting ingredients over a double boiler
  • Once all the Crisco® has melted and the ingredients have all melted together to be smooth, whisk in beaten egg vigorously. The mixture should thicken almost immediately. Continue whisking until the mixture turns smooth and shiny; about 1 minute of whisking.
    Chocolate mixture in a bowl
  • Remove from the double boiler. Stir in graham cracker crumbs and coconut until completely moistened.
    Adding coconut shreds and other ingredients
  • Press evenly into the prepared pan and refrigerate.
    Chocolate base in a pan
  • For the second layer, measure all ingredients into a large bowl and using an electric hand mixer, stir until thick and smooth.
    Adding dry ingredients
  • Spread over the bottom layer as evenly as possible and return to the refrigerator.
    Smoothing out red velvet mixture on top of chocolate mixture
  • For the final layer, place chocolate chips and Crisco® shortening into a small bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 20 seconds.
    Chocolate chips and crisco in a bowl
  • Pour over the red velvet layer and spread until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    Adding melted chocolate over red velvet mixture
  • Remove bars from the glass pan using the edges of foil to pull out completely.
    Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut into 36 small squares. Serve.
    Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars


Can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, though I doubt they will last that long!


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg