This recipe for raspberry crumble bars is healthy, full of good-for-you ingredients, and delicious raspberry fruit flavor! With 3 hearty layers — an almond flour shortbread crust, homemade raspberry chia jam, and a nut and coconut crumble topping — these Paleo dessert bars are a terrific treat.
Healthy and Delicious Raspberry Crumble Bars!
So are you looking for healthy homemade dessert recipes? check. Looking for a nutritious afternoon snack or pick me up? check, check. Looking for something easy to pack in your kids’ lunchbox? check, check, check.
Looking for something that everyone will think tastes so delicious? check….BOOM. These Raspberry Crumble Bars are exactly what you need.
Let’s talk about a bit of nutrition too, shall we? As a nutritionist, my goal for making healthy treats is to make them absolutely delicious, without the junk ingredients! Similar to my healthy strawberry-lemon dessert bars, we use real fruit to naturally sweeten these bars. Here is what I else I love about these Raspberry Crumble Bars:
- They are refined sugar-free, making them a perfectly legit breakfast item.
- Omega 3’s: in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for about 10 years, WE NEED MORE OMEGA 3’s!!! So I packed these with walnuts and chia seeds, two fabulous sources.
- Protein: these bars contain almond flour to give you a boost of protein and more healthy fats.
These bars are just pure magic. Nourishing your your tummies and making them so incredibly happy with three moist layers of cookie-ish goodness, fresh raspberry chia jam, and a crumbly crust! I am pretty sure cookie-ish is not a word, but just go with it…..
How to make Paleo Raspberry Crumb Bars:
Here are the ingredients we will need for these bars:
- frozen raspberries
- chia seeds
- almond flour
- coconut flour
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
- sea salt
- shredded coconut
- coconut sugar
- We actually begin by making the jam. You will add the frozen raspberries, lemon, lemon zest, and honey to a small sauce pan over medium heat and cook. Once the raspberries get hot, begin to break them up and reduce heat to simmer. After a few minutes, remove from heat and add in the chia seeds. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then place in a glass jar or container in the fridge to cool completely.
- While jam is cooling, make the shortbread layer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt in a food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture is crumbly and slightly dough like.
- Press the mixture down in a parchment lined 8 inch square pan. Transfer to the oven to bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Remove the shortbread layer from the oven. Let it cool for 15 minutes or so (keep the oven hot), and spread the jam over the shortbread layer. Make the crumb topping by placing the walnuts, shredded coconut, coconut sugar, and coconut oil in the food processor and pulsing until crumbly.
- Now spread the crumb mixture over the top of the jam layer. Bake for another 18-20 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden.
- Let cool completely before cutting into squares and enjoying.
My kids dug into these quickly as an afternoon snack and were quite excited that they could also have the same meal for breakfast. The hubs enjoyed his with a cup of coffee this morning, and I’ll be digging in for another this afternoon! These bars are super portable and make a nice addition if you are on the go!
- Berries: want to use something other than raspberries? Blueberries, cherries, and strawberries work perfectly here! You can use fresh or frozen.
- Nuts: Feel free to use pecans or any other nut in place of the almonds or walnuts.
- Honey: to make these Vegan, swap in maple syrup for honey.
- Chia seeds: These are used both for creating a thicker jam and for nutrition purposes, but feel free to swap with flax seeds.
- Nut free: I have not tried a nut free version of these bars, and changing the flours would change the consistency
Tips for Serving and Storing:
- Just a few notes on consistency: These can be easily cut into squares and are not crunchy, but very soft. They are super moist and easy to chew, but don’t have a cookie consistency.
- These bars should be stored in the fridge to preserve shelf life, and so they are easier to pack! You can also store in the fridge already cut, and bring to room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
- Can you freeze raspberry crumble bars? YES! but cut them first and have them prepped before moving to a freezer-friendly container.
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The Best Healthy Raspberry Crumble Bars (Paleo)
This recipe for raspberry crumble bars is healthy, full of good-for-you ingredients, and delicious raspberry fruit flavor! With 3 hearty layers– an almond shortbread crust, homemade raspberry chia jam, and a nut and coconut crumble topping– these Paleo dessert bars are a terrific treat .
Shortbread Crust layer:
- 2 cups almond flour or almond meal
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp raw honey* or maple syrup
- pinch of lemon zest
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup walnuts or almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Begin by making your filling, this has a jam consistency. In a medium saucepan, combine raspberries, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest. Heat to a medium to medium high heat, until mixture begins to bubble. Let bubble for 1-2 minutes, then lower heat to a simmer. While simmering, be sure to mash the berries with a wooden spoon. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, remove from heat. Add in chia seeds. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a glass jar or dish, and place in the fridge to cool completely. This will take about 1 hour, but you can also make the filling and let sit overnight.
Now make the crust: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. Combine all of the shortbread crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Take mixture and carefully distribute over the parchment paper, pressing down firmly and evenly. Place inside the oven and bake for 13 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Leave the oven hot.
While crust is cooling, make the crumb mixture. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly.
Once crust is cooled, spread the jam filling over the crust. Complete by topping with the crumb mixture. Now bake for 18-20 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, slice into squares.
*To make this recipe Vegan, use maple syrup in place of honey. Either one tastes delicious!