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Healthy Coconut Raspberry Bars

Healthy Coconut Raspberry Bars

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Quick, easy and healthy coconut raspberry bars. If you want an easy dessert that doesn't require baking or complicated cooking methods, make this no-bake dessert.

Living in a place where fresh raspberries are a unique treat, I have known to treasure the distinctive flavor they offer. I know from experience that using frozen berries all through the year can be relied upon by getting a burst of summer in my kitchen. This recipe pays respect to those beloved, flavorful traditions, with good oats to match, and just enough natural sweetening to make a snack at once good and good for you. These coconut bars make a good side to morning coffee or just a quick serving of energy at any time; one can pretty much enjoy all the flavors of coconut and a bit of raspberry on its base. Join me on this tasty adventure: making simple ingredients into great, healthful treats.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Raspberry Bars

These Coconut Raspberry Bars aren't  just a feast for your taste buds; it's also a boost for your well-being. Loaded with antioxidants from raspberries and the healthy fats of coconut, this snack satisfies your cravings guilt-free. The chia seeds packed with omega-3 fatty acids provide an extra nutritional punch, promoting heart health and aiding digestion. Say goodbye to those midday sugar crashes with this wholesome snack!

Ingredients you need to make healthy coconut raspberry bars

  • Desiccated Coconut: Serving as the foundation of the bars, desiccated coconut adds a rich, nutty flavor and a satisfying chewy texture. It provides the base upon which the other ingredients harmonize, creating a cohesive and decadent treat.
  • Coconut Oil: Acting as the binding agent, coconut oil helps hold the coconut mixture together, ensuring that the bars maintain their shape and structure. Additionally, it infuses the bars with a subtle hint of coconut flavor and contributes to their luscious texture.
  • Maple Syrup: This natural sweetener not only adds sweetness to the bars but also enhances their flavor profile with its distinctive caramel-like notes. Maple syrup lends a touch of indulgence while balancing the tartness of the raspberry sauce, creating a perfectly harmonious blend of flavors.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt may seem insignificant, but it plays a vital role in heightening the flavors of the coconut base, balancing the sweetness of the maple syrup, and adding depth to the overall taste experience.
  • Raspberries: The star of the show, raspberries infuse the bars with vibrant color, bold flavor, and a burst of natural sweetness. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, raspberries not only enhance the taste but also contribute to the nutritional value of the bars.
  • Water or Orange Juice: Used to simmer the raspberries into a luscious sauce, water or orange juice serves to soften the fruit, extract its juices, and create a flavorful base for the raspberry topping.
  • Orange Zest: Adding a zesty twist, orange zest brightens the flavor profile of the raspberry sauce, imparting citrusy notes that complement the sweetness of the fruit and add a refreshing dimension to the bars.
  • Chia Seeds: These tiny nutritional powerhouses act as a natural thickening agent for the raspberry sauce, helping it achieve the perfect consistency while adding a subtle crunch and a boost of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.


Can I use frozen raspberries instead of fresh ones?

Absolutely! Frozen raspberries work just as well. Just ensure they're thawed before cooking them down for the sauce. I don't have maple syrup.

Can I use honey as a substitute?

Yes, you can swap maple syrup with honey. It adds a slightly different flavor profile but still tastes divine.

Can I skip the orange juice in the raspberry sauce?

Of course! You can use water if you prefer a less tangy flavor. Alternatively, try using lemon juice for a citrusy twist.

What's the purpose of adding chia seeds?

Chia seeds act as a natural thickening agent for the raspberry sauce while also providing added texture and nutritional benefits.

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How long can I store these bars?

These bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They also freeze well for longer storage.

Can I use a different type of fruit instead of raspberries?

Certainly! Experiment with your favorite fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or even a combination of mixed berries.

Do I need any special equipment to make this recipe?

All you need is a square baking pan, a saucepan, and basic kitchen utensils like a spatula and a spoon. If you want to upgrade your kitchen tools, check out this article: 10 Highly Recommended Baking Tools.

Can I make these bars vegan-friendly?

Absolutely! This recipe is already vegan-friendly. Just ensure the maple syrup you're using is labeled as vegan.

How can I adjust the sweetness level of the bars?

Feel free to adjust the amount of maple syrup or honey according to your taste preferences. Start with less and add more if needed.

Are these bars gluten-free?

Yes, indeed! This recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or dietary restrictions.

Can I replace chia seeds?

Absolutely! While chia seeds offer nutritional benefits and act as a natural thickening agent in this recipe, you can certainly replace them with alternative ingredients if needed. Here are a few options:

  • Flaxseeds: Like chia seeds, flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can also thicken sauces and fillings when mixed with liquid. Use them in a 1:1 ratio as a substitute for chia seeds.
  • Cornstarch: For a more traditional thickening agent, cornstarch can be used. Mix it with a small amount of water to create a slurry before adding it to the raspberry sauce. Keep in mind that cornstarch may alter the texture slightly compared to chia seeds.

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15 Minutes
15 Minutes

For the coconut:

  • 2¼ cups (180g) Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4-5 tablespoons Maple syrup
  • Pinch salt


  • 2 cups (250g) Raspberries
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Water *or same amount of orange juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Orange juice
  • Orange zest from one orange
  • 3 tablespoons Chia seeds

  1. Line a 8-inch (20cm) square baking pan.
  2. Make the coconut base: place all ingredients in a large bowl, mix until combined and sticky.
  3. Spoon the mixture into prepared pan and press firmly with a spatula or a spoon. Transfer to the freezer and let it firm up as you prepare the sauce.
  4. Make the raspberry sauce: place the raspberries in a small saucepan, add water, orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup and cook over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Add chia seeds, vanilla bean paste and mix. Allow to cool.
  6. Pour the sauce over the coconut base and refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.
  7. Cut into squares and serve.


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