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. I just made these and they are so easy and so delicious! Thanks Elana, your recipes are always fantastic and I greatly appreciate you sharing them!!

  2. I made your “Best Ever Bars” over the weekend and they were really nice! I am eating low carbs (for digestive purposes) and this was something I could eat! Instead of using raspberry jam, I cooked down some fresh strawberries until some of the water evaporated out and I had about 1/4 cup. Then I added 1 teaspoon of unsweetened applesauce (for the pectin). Then I and strained out the seeds. It was a great substitute for the jam. It wasn’t very sweet which was my goal. I used 85% cacao chocolate with very little sugar in it. And I only used 2oz of chocolate. I used an 8×8 pan, so the surface area wasn’t that big. The 2oz chocolate covered the entire surface. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  3. I made a half recipe of these. Instead of bars, I divided the crust into 8 silicone cupcake liners. i sprinkled 1 teaspoon of dark chocolate mini chips on each instead of melting chocolate, and pressed in a sprinkling of coconut. They came in at 125 calories each this way. And the raspberry jam makes the crust! I love these and will be making them again.Thanks for the inspiration Elana!

  4. I made these this weekend and they truly are the “best ever” bars! I used honey instead of jam because that’s what I had available, and they turned out great!

    Thank you for creating recipes that are easy, delicious, and allergy friendly!

  5. Great recipe. I substituted about 2 TB of honey in place of the jam (I have an aversion to eating fruit with chocolate). I also added a few tablespoons of unsweetened dried coconut to the almond base because you can never have enough coconut with chocolate. Next time, I will add a few drops of almond extract to the nut mixture. And there will be a next time…

  6. I made this with walnuts instead of almonds. I think that made the crust softer than it’s supposed to be, but it was incredibly delicious and easy. I’m making a second batch again today and may either use macadamia nuts or will try more walnuts. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I made these today, and experimented a little with substituting a couple of ingredients…
    They turned out delicious, and I used this:
    Rolled oats instead of almonds and homemade Gooseberry jam instead of raspberry jam.
    The rest of the ingredients was the same as in your recipe.

    Thank you Elana, for all your wonderful recipes :)

  8. Do these freeze well? I’m trying not to overdose on sweet stuff, but it is nice to have something to grab.
    Thanks, they sound delicious!

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