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Raw Raspberry Bliss Bars

raspberry bliss bars

My local health food co-op just recently started a YouTube channel/site called Starting Out Raw.  I have been enjoying the different recipes they post and I REALLY enjoy that I can get all ingredients just down the road at Open Harvest.

I have been intrigued by the whole ‘raw food’ movement.  It makes sense to me that many foods are MOST nutritious when consumed whole and raw. Heat can destroy many of the nutrients found in food. I also love the idea of having some recipes in my box that do not take any cooking or baking!  I have been really surprised at how easy and delicious raw recipes can be.

This recipe for Raw Raspberry Bliss Bars is REALLY really good.  I was not sure if my family would eat them because my girls do not like coconut, walnuts or dates.  But when you throw these ingredients together into a food processor…MAGIC HAPPENS!  You know when I keep capitalizing my letters that I’m a bit EXCITED about this recipe.  I have made it twice in a week, due to my kids begging for more.

These bars are high in Omega’s thanks to the chia and walnuts.  The raspberries have great antioxidants and the dates add a beautiful sweetness that makes one completely in awe that these bars are sugar-free. They are a decadent treat, one that I love eating with a cup of coffee, but they are full of ingredients that are very good for you, and can even be eaten as part of breakfast guilt-free!

TRY THESE.  You will love them.  Even if you are not a coconut fan, or a date fan or a walnut fan…I think you will still love them!


measuring cup of raspberries
Start by defrosting your raspberries, so they will be ready to go when you are.
coconut and cinnamon in processor


Throw coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, & salt into the food processor.  Process for about a minute.  I did two…my littles like the coconut chopped so small that it is unrecognizable.
food processor


Take the lid off and inhale the amazing aroma…smells so good!
walnuts and coconut in processor


Add walnuts and process.  Process extra if you are trying to disguise the nuts like I was.  I let Lil’ One fall in love with these bars before telling her they had nuts AND coconut in them.
pitted dates in food processor
Add 8 pitted dates.  Don’t forget the PITTED part!  The first time I ever used dates in a recipe I forgot to pit them and I about broke my food processor.
After my Lil’ One fell in love with these bars, she wanted to help me make more.  When we got to this part she said “Ew.  Those dates look like bugs”.  She’s got a point….


Date pits


There are the lovely pits.  Also a bit bug-like.
raspberry bars mix


After processing with the dates, this is what the mixture will look like.  Perfect consistency to press into a lined pan.
Your raspberries should be defrosted by now.  The recipe says to drain them, but I never do.  They are such a beautiful color, aren’t they?
processing raspberries and dates


Process raspberries with 4 dates.
raspberry jam


Add chia seeds and set aside.  The chia will make the raspberries gel up into a beautiful & healthy raspberry jam.  Set aside for 15 minutes to gel.


Meanwhile, make the crumble topping. Grab the coconut and measure 1/3 cup.  Throw in the processor with 1/3 cup of walnuts.  Add a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of cinnamon.
raspberry bliss bars crumble


Pulse ingredients together until a crumble is formed.
raspberry mixture
Gather your crust and your raspberry/chia mixture.


raspberry bliss bars


Plop the gelled raspberries onto the crust.
raspberry bars spread


Spread out nice and evenly.
raw raspberry bliss bars
 Top with crumble mixture.  Refrigerate until firm & enjoy!


Raw Raspberry Bliss Bars

Base Layer:
1 cup dried coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 cup walnuts
8 Medjool dates pitted

Blend coconut, vanilla, cinnamon & sea salt together in a food processor for 30-60 seconds.
Add walnuts.  Blend.  Then add in 8 pitted Medjool dates. Blend well.

Press mixture in a wax paper/parchment paper lined 8×8 square pan.  Set in fridge to firm up.

Raspberry Layer:
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed, drained
4 Medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds

Blend only raspberries and dates until dates are well combined.  Pour into a bowl, and stir in chia seeds.  Let set for 15 minutes.  It will thicken into a nice raspberry “jam”.  Spread over the base layer.

1/3 cup dried coconut
1/3 cup walnuts
pinch cinnamon
pinch sea salt

Pulse topping ingredients together until a nice crumble is formed.  Sprinkle over raspberry layer.  Set in fridge to firm up.


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  • April Wilson
    July 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    What is a good substitution for the dates?

  • April Wilson
    June 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I don’t have any dates on hand but would love to make these tonight! Any suggestions?

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  • bubamara29
    August 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I JUST made these and my girls love them! They each ate 3 pieces 🙂

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for none-nuts substitutes for walnuts? Tree nuts seem to give me really bad stomach aches, I am pretty sure I have an intolerant to them : ( ….. Thanks!

  • mpmom
    April 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

    These look amazing! We have a walnut allergy in my son and husband is allergic to walnuts, almonds, pecans, & brazil nuts. Can you suggest an alternative? I’m not sure with these which would be better.

    • amy
      April 19, 2013 at 12:53 am

      I just made it with cashews. Yu mmm

    • amy
      April 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I made them with cashews. Holy heaven these are good. 🙂

  • beachmama
    April 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    These sound AMAZING Amy! I thought I would try with strawberries. Glad I found you! xxoo

  • Anonymous
    March 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I have prunes instead of dates- do you think that would work as a substitution? These look amazing, can’t wait to try them.

  • Anonymous
    March 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Just made these…oh my! Love them! Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    My attempt at this turned out pretty crumbly (falling a part) and the topping was more like a powder than a crumble…any suggestions other than adding butter? Flavor was great, the texture just wasnt ideal.

    • Amy Bowman
      March 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      A few things: you may not have processed it enough for the base. processing brings out the natural oils of the nuts, mine was so oily that oil coated my hands once it was pressed into pan from the nuts. You could also try adding another date which makes it stick together more. or even a tsp of water.

      The topping may having been processed too much. You need to leave it a bit chunky. It is not like your typical streusel, I think it is more for pretty than anything.

  • Marie
    March 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Made these last night they taste amazing, thank you! It is so nice to find receipes that are good for you.

  • Ashley
    February 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    These came out AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe. Any chance you will post nutritional value?

  • Shannon
    February 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Made these last night. So easy and AWESOME!!!!!

    • Amy Bowman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      so glad you tried it and liked them!

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I couldn’t find Chianti seeds. Hopefully its not too runny either way the taste is amazing

    • Amy Bowman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      how did it turn out? it may help to drain the liquid off the raspberries. the chia seeds add a ton of nutrition, so maybe you could order them online? there is a link in the post if you click on the word ‘chia’

    • Allison
      January 9, 2014 at 3:22 am

      couldn’t find them either! what about pomegranate seeds?

  • Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    What kind of coconut did you use? Unsweetened ships? These look so good.

  • Kate@StillRoomToGrow
    February 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    those look absolutely fabulous! Can’t wait to try them!

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