Best Ever Bars

These Best Ever Bars are an amazing paleo dessert. With just 6 healthy ingredients you can throw them together in a few minutes. To make them you’ll need almonds, coconut oil, raspberry jam, dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and salt.

The sweetener in Best Ever Bars is raspberry jam. It lends a subtle, yet deliciously fruity sweetness to this healthy dessert. It makes these no-bake bars taste like Raspberry Magic Bars, though with a lot less sugar, and far fewer ingredients!

Lately, I’ve been getting loads of comment here on the blog, as well as on Instagram, telling me how much you all appreciate the simplicity of my recipes. I’m so glad to hear that! As I outlined in my post, “A Piece of Me,” life can be complex, which is one more reason to make my recipes easy!

Best Ever Bars

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Servings 16 bars




  • In a food processor, pulse almonds until the texture of gravel
  • Pulse in salt, jam, and coconut oil until dough forms
  • Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  • Melt chocolate over very low heat in a saucepan
  • Pour chocolate over crust
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes over chocolate
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into 16 squares
  • Refrigerate for an additional 1½ hours
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Fridge Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
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This is another healthy no-bake summer dessert recipe that doesn’t require an oven. These Best Ever Bars set up in the refrigerator, so your house won’t be sweltering when you make them.

I know that some of you suffer from nut allergies, and won’t be able to eat this healthy paleo dessert. So, here are some of my nut-free paleo dessert recipes for you!

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I just made these and they are fabulous. Another winner! Now to be able to keep my husband away from these.


106 responses to “Best Ever Bars”

  1. Do you store these in the refrigerator or room temperature?
    Very yummy but having trouble getting them off pan so next time I will put parchment or wax paper in pan before I pat down the almond dough/crust, or is there another trick?

  2. Hi,
    I wanted to make something special this weekend for Labor day, some treat I could share with my family. After looking around for several hours at Paleo desserts I thought, I bet Elana has something I have yet to try. I am so happy I made these. They went over very well. I also bought the jam you had linked, its really good. I own your almond flour cookbook, I may use this jam for the Vanilla Almond Torte. Thank you, another great recipe.

    • Ellie, thanks for letting me know this is another great recipe, and so glad to hear you are enjoying The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook :-)

  3. hi,
    trying to understand here…i got invited out for a meal to friends who are on the paleo diet. wanted to make them dessert…dont chocolate chips have sugar? am i missing something? these look like awesome bars and would love to make them…thanks

  4. I’m loving everything I’ve seen here so far.

    May I request that you add the option to add your picture of the recipe when I print.
    It’s quite possible it’s the setting for the air printer.

    • Rachel, thanks so much for the suggestion! We used to have the photo print, but many readers were not happy with that due to ink and paper use :-)

  5. I’m curious why you start with whole almonds instead of using almond meal or even almond flour since the almonds are ground up anyway. Seems like an unnecessary extra step- but since you do test your recipes a lot- did you find a significant difference? Thanks, Elana. I like easy and yummy!!!

    • Veronica, I get many requests from readers for recipes that use the whole almond since it’s less expensive than almond flour. Also the texture for this recipe is gravel and almond flour is the texture of sand so that won’t provide the desired results.

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