Gluten Free Raspberry Bars Recipe

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Looking for a delicious but super simple new recipe? These gluten free Raspberry Bars are so easy to make and use only basic pantry staples!

Looking for a delicious but super simple new recipe? These gluten free Raspberry Bars are so easy to make and use only basic pantry staples!

Gluten Free Raspberry Bars Recipe

If you read my Frugal Friday’s posts you might know by now that we have a fellowship gathering at our home on Friday nights. We provide the main portion of the food for this meal and campfire night and that’s where this recipe comes from.

One of the nights of our gathering, I needed something simple to have with the meal, but I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a while and didn’t have much for options.

So I created these super simple Raspberry Bars using what I had on hand. I made them with gluten-free flour because our family (and several others that come to our fellowship night) is gluten-free but could easily be made with regular flour.

We have a really yummy recipe for Blackberry Bars in my Frugal Gluten Free cookbook that is similar but uses oats.

Ingredients in Raspberry bars. Flour, sugar, shortening, eggs, jam, chocolate chips

Ingredients in Raspberry Bars

  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour – I use a basic all-purpose gluten-free flour blend in this recipe. It holds together well because of the eggs. You can use regular flour in this if you don’t need it to be gluten free. I have not tried these with coconut or almond flour.
  • Sugar. This recipe uses plain cane sugar. I have not tried a sugar alternative or brown sugar yet.
  • Shortening or Butter. You can use either in this recipe. We use shortening because of a dairy allergy. I get my shortening from Azure. Vegan butter or dairy-free butter is probably too liquidy to use in this recipe and would make your crust too crunchy.
  • Raspberry Jam. I used my homemade jam in this recipe, but you can use store-bought. Seedless is best. You can also use different flavors of jams to make different flavors of bars!
  • Mini Chocolate Chips. I used the Enjoy Life brand because they are dairy free. You can use your favorite mini chocolate chips.
  • Eggs. We’ve found that 3 eggs work well in this recipe, but pay attention to how I add them into the crust in the instructions.
  • Vanilla Extract. This is optional, and I didn’t include it in the final recipe because I left it out of mine. You could add it for a little extra flavor in these raspberry crumb bars but to save money, it will be just fine without it as well.
  • Lemon Zest or Lemon Juice. This is also optional but I feel like it might really make these bars pop even more. Add it into the jam layer if you decide to add it. You could also add a sprinkle of salt (into the crust) for extra flavor as well.

Raspberry Bars Crust

Instructions for How to Make Raspberry Bars

Crumbly raspberry bars dough.

Start by mixing the gluten, sugar, shortening or butter, and 2 of the eggs together in a large bowl. Combine this until crumbly. You can use a stand mixer, a food processor, or your hands.

Remove 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the crumbly mixture and set it aside to use for a crumble topping later.

Add the 3rd egg into the mixture that will become your base crust.

Crust for raspberry bars in a 9x113 baking dish.

Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper (or grease it well). Pat the crust mixture into the pan. Bake this crust for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Raspberry jam spread over crust.

Remove the crust from the oven and spread the raspberry preserves over the top in an even layer. If you don’t have raspberry jam on hand, you could use blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, or a mixture of several kinds!

Crumble topping over raspberry bars.

After the jam is on the bars, sprinkle the crumble topping over the jam. Place the baking pan back in the oven for an additional 45 minutes or until the crust and topping begin to get slightly golden brown. Baking them for too long will give them an odd texture and make the crust very hard to eat.

Chocolate chips on raspberry bars.

Remove the raspberry crumble bars from the oven, let it cool about 5 minutes before sprinkling the chocolate chips over the top. Let the bars cool completely before cutting so that the chocolate chips stay whole.

Raspberry Bars with chocolate chips cut into pieces.

Cut into small pieces, serve, and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Raspberry Bars

These simple raspberry bars can be made with only 6 basic ingredients and are sure to delight a crowd!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free Raspberry Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 people
Calories 339 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter or shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups raspberry jam
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl or in a stand mixer, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and 2 of the eggs.

  2. Remove 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the crumbly crust and reserve for the topping.

  3. Add in the last egg to the bottom crust mixture.

  4. Press the crust into a greased or lined 9x13 baking dish

  5. Bake the crust at 350 for 5 minutes.

  6. Remove the crust from the oven and spread the jam over the top.

  7. Sprinkle the crumbly remaining crust micture over the jam. Return to the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

  8. Once the bars are done baking. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Let the bars cool completely before cutting them.

  9. Cut the bars into 20-30 small pieces and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Raspberry Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 339IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Raspberry Bars up close.

How to Store Leftover Raspberry Bars

This recipe makes a large batch in a 9×13 baking dish. Place any leftover pieces of Raspberry Bars in an airtight container and store them on the countertop to enjoy in the following days.

Since these are gluten-free, they will get crumblier as the days go on so they are best enjoyed within 3 days of making. For longer storage, place the bars into the freezer to pull out later.

If this recipe is too much for you to enjoy at one time, you can cut the recipe in half and bake in an 8 by 8 square baking pan instead.

Raspberry Bars from the side showing layers.

Dairy Free Raspberry Bars

This recipe is easy to make dairy free! Just use shortening instead of butter in the crust and make sure that your chocolate chips are dairy-free.


More Raspberry Recipes to Try

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Me and KadyMerissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to the 100-acre farm and on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.


This recipe for Gluten Free Raspberry Bars was originally published on Little House Living in June 2023.

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