Looking for a delectable keto cookie bar? Try these Raspberry Coconut Bars on for size. They feature a tender shortbread crust, a sugar-free raspberry jam filling, and a chewy coconut topping.
For diehard chocoholics like me, other desserts have to work a lot harder to win us over. They have to be really flavorful and have the perfect texture.
I am happy to report that these Keto Raspberry Coconut Bars put in their due diligence and worked their magic on me. One bite and I was all “chocolate, what’s that?”.
They have such wonderful flavor, with that delightful tangy sweetness from the raspberries. And the chewy coconut topping contrasts perfectly with the shortbread crust.
They rank up there with keto peanut butter mousse and keto thumbprint cookies for non-chocolate desserts that I adore!
As I often do, I took my inspiration from a fellow food blogger who creates full carb recipes. This time, I spotted similar bars over on Bake or Break and they just called to to me. And I knew that all the different layers could be ketofied.
The shortbread crust was easy, as I’ve made similar crusts many times for recipes like Keto Twix Bars and Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars. For the raspberry jam, I pilfered the filling from my keto linzer cookies.
I didn’t have a blueprint for the coconut layer but I took my chances on a basic combination of eggs, butter, sweetener, and coconut. Worked like a charm!
Raspberry Coconut Bars take standard keto ingredients that many of you have in your pantry already. You will need:
- Almond flour
- Powdered sweetener
- Raspberries (frozen is fine)
- Gelatin (see frequently asked questions for alternatives)
- Whipping cream
- Brown sugar replacement
- Shredded coconut
How to make keto raspberry coconut bars
While the bars have several layers and steps, they are really quite simple to make.
- Prepare the shortbread crust: This crust takes only 4 ingredients and is quite similar to my keto pie crust recipe. You simply stir the melted butter into the dry ingredients and then press firmly into the bottom of the pan.
- Par-bake the crust: Partially baking the crust before adding the filling ensures that it will be crisp and hold together.
- Make the raspberry filling: Simmer the berries until tender, then stir in the sweetener. A little gelatin helps give the filling a jam-like consistency.
- Spread over the cooled crust: Make sure the crust it completely cool before you add the raspberry mixture. Otherwise it won’t firm up properly.
- Prepare the coconut topping: Simply whisk all of the ingredients together and spread over the filling.
- Bake until golden.
- Let cool completely: Allow the bars to cool before attempting to cut into them. The texture will be much better and the bars won’t crumble.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use sunflower seed flour or another seed meal for the crust. Do be forewarned that it will have a different color and won’t quite looks as fine. But it works!
I haven’t tried it myself but you should be able to replace the butter with coconut oil and the whipping cream with coconut cream. It make take a bit longer to bake through properly.
If you want the crust to firm up properly, you must use an erythritol based sweetener. Both BochaSweet and allulose will make the crust soft, and allulose will make it a lot darker as well. I don’t recommend it.
You need something to thicken the raspberries and make them more like jam. You can try using ½ teaspoon glucomannan or xanthan gum as instead. Make sure to whisk them in vigorously while the mixture is still hot, to avoid clumping.
Store the bars on the counter in a covered container for up to 4 days, or in the fridge for a week. They can also be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to a month.
More delicious keto raspberry recipes
- Keto Raspberry Sorbet
- No Bake Raspberry Mousse Tart
- Triple Berry Keto Cobbler
- Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
- Peanut Butter and Jam Fat Bombs
- Keto Raspberry Lemon Muffins
Keto Raspberry Coconut Bars
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ⅓ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 ½ cups raspberries
- 3 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoon powdered Swerve Sweetener
- 1 teaspoon gelatin
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream room temperature
- ½ cup Swerve Brown can sub granular if need be
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the mixture begins to come together.
- Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of an 9×9 inch metal baking pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until just golden brown around the edges.
- Remove and let cool completely.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the raspberries and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the berries are soft enough to be mashed easily with a fork.
- Stir in the powdered sweetener, then whisk in the gelatin. Let cool a few minutes to thicken, then spread over the cooled crust.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, and cream. Whisk in the sweetener until well combined, breaking up an clumps.
- Stir in the coconut, then drop the topping by the spoonful over the raspberry filling, and spread carefully over to cover.
- Bake 30 minutes, until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Renata Sorace says
Frkn delicious!!! My new favorite..Thank you for all the amazing recipes.
I’d love to make these bars, but I cannot use almond flour I have a inflammation response to almond flour, is there a way to sub coconut flour in this recipe..
No but try sunflower seed flour: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/how-to-make-your-own-sunflower-seed-flour/
Kim Harbeck says
What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe, except I substituted strawberries. They taste really good, but the bottom crust is very soggy. Also, could I sub in sugar free jam for the filling?thanks so much, love love your recipes.
You subbed strawberries which have a higher moisture content and become soggy and mushy when baked. That’s where you went wrong. Feel free to use jam.
Hi, can I use 2% milk in place of heavy cream?
No, it won’t set properly. Much too thin.
Can I substitute coconut flour here. My son has a nut free school. Thanks in advance.
Coconut flour is never a good option to replace almond flour. But please read the FAQ section in this post as I give a nut-free alternative.
Megyn Brown says
Hello! What can I use instead of almond flour for this recipe? Can’t stand the after taste of almond flour!
Thanks, Megyn Brown
Please read the blog post as I already addressed that question.
Such a heavenly dessert!! Love the raspberry & coconut together! They are gooey & delicious!
The combination of raspberry + coconut sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing this keto recipe!
katerina @ diethood.com says
These keto raspberry coconut bars are absolutely amazing! Everyone LOVED them! The perfect sweet treat!
I made these over the weekend for a party and they were a big hit. I actually thought they were better than next day as the raspberry filling his seeped in to the topping. As always. Thanks for the great recipe.
This sounds delish! I am thinking of making them tomorrow but only have frozen raspberries, did you use fresh or frozen?
Please read the blog post as I address that. 🙂
Cheryl Musta says
made this recipe to take to a sister’s luncheon on March 25th, we meet at a restaurant and they were a big hit, thank you so much for such great recipes and all you do.
Delighted to hear it!
Jody K says
Pre keto I used to make a raspberry jam & coconut tart at Christmas. I am trying these to day. Think that they may be a great substitute. I had prepared sugar free raspberry jam that I hand canned so that is the only change to the recipe I made. Looking forward to a slice after supper with a cup of tea
Do these need to be refrigerated?
The storage info is under the Frequently Asked Questions.
Barbara White says
Could strawberries be substituted? Same amount?
I would think so but I can’t guarantee it.
YUM YUM YUM
This looks AMAZING!
I will be making these this week!!
Well this is happening today!! Thank you, Carolyn!! Your tried and true recipes are always a hit!