Raspberry Crumble Bars

One of the most popular dessert recipes on our website all year round, these Gluten-Free Raspberry Crumble Bars are a huge crowd-pleaser! With a shortbread cookie base + Raspberry Lemon filling + Crumble each layer is delicious, together it is an irresistible gluten-free and vegan treat! Perfect for all occasions.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Easy recipe for a gluten-free dessert everyone will love!

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I first made these bars for Valentine’s Day but quickly realized they are perfect all year round!

And they have been such a hit everywhere we bring them that they were requested for Easter! And now we made them with Blueberry Filling all Summer long.

It is shortbread-like cookie base, a Raspberry Lemon filling + Crumble topping and it is out of this world YUMMY!

The cookie base has a nice buttery flavor and perfect texture that provides just enough crunch to balance the jammy filling, and the filling is just the right amount of sweet being balanced by a touch of lemon juice, and the a crumble topping is the perfect finish!

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Plus they are gluten-free, vegan (that is dairy-free and egg-free) so they satisfy so many dietary needs or preferences.

How to Make Gluten-Free Raspberry Crumble Bars

And they are super easy to make!

They are made with 10 real, whole food ingredients:

gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules, affiliate link)

cane sugar


dairy free butter (or regular butter)

brown sugar


gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats

raspberry preserves

fresh raspberries

fresh lemon juice.

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Step by Step to Make Gluten-Free Raspberry Crumble Bars

The shortbread cookie base is just 4 ingredients and comes together quickly.

This is one of those baking instances where order of operations matters…. mix the dry ingredients, then mix in the butter 1 piece at a time.  Mix well (1-3 minutes) and a dough will form.

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While it bakes for just 15 minutes, you mix together the filling.

The filling is a simple blend of raspberry preserves, fresh raspberries and a touch of fresh lemon juice, giving it the perfect flavor.

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Also make the crumble while the base bakes.

The crumble is 4 ingredients, one being part of the base dough.

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Top the baked cookie base with the filling, sprinkle with crumble and bake a short bit longer. That’s it!

These bars are a fan favorite getting rave reviews from everyone, which makes them perfect dessert for a holiday, party or any time!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

A shortbread-like cookie base + Raspberry Lemon filling + Crumble = an out of this world Gluten-Free, Vegan treat! Perfectly balanced and a total crowd pleaser! Recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert, Cookies and Bars
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Optional
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


Cookie base (you will reserve 1/3 cup of the base dough for the topping)

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour with xanthan gum (we used GF Jules, affiliate link)
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons dairy free butter or real butter, softened, cut into tablespoons (we used Earth Balance dairy-free, soy-free sticks) (NOTE: for a more buttery flavor, use 9 tablespoons of butter)


  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
  • *plus 1/3 reserved cup of the cookie base dough

Raspberry filling

  • 3/4 cup raspberry preserves
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Line 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper such that the paper hangs over the edges OR is tucked in in such a way that you can lift the paper right out of the pan when the bars are done.

Make the cookie base

  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, add flour, cane sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl and on low speed combine for about 5 seconds.
  • Add butter, 1 piece at a time and continue mixing until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Measure and set aside 1/3 cup of the dough, which will be used in the crumble.
  • Using your hands, press the remaining dough into an even layer in the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown, rotating pan halfway though baking.

Raspberry Lemon Filling

  • While the base bakes, combine preserves, raspberries and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash with a fork until well combined but some berry pieces remain.

Crumble Topping

  • While the base bakes, add the reserved dough, brown sugar, pecans and oats into the mixing bowl used for the base. Using a mixer, pastry cutter or your hands, mix until combined and "crumbly". Set aside.


  • Pour Raspberry filling over the hot cookie base and spread evenly. Sprinkle with crumble topping pinching crumble with fingers to create tiny crumble "clumps". Do not press crumble into the filling.
  • Bake 22-25 minutes or until filling bubbling and crumble topping golden brown.
  • Let bars cool completely in the pan.
  • When cooled completely, lift the the parchment paper out of the baking pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into square and enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator for several days
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82 thoughts on “Raspberry Crumble Bars

    1. Hi Michelle! Thank you! They are definitely my new favorite treat! I think coconut sugar would be ok in place of cane sugar but the almond flour will make the base a different texture– more dense, less shortbread like… if you try it, let me know!

  1. I made this for Super Bowl and it was a HUGE hit. I lightended it up by replacing 1/2 the butter with 4tbsp unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 cup of the sugar with stevia and the jam with Smuckers sugar free raspberry preserves. Also, we didn’t have any pecans so I subbed in 1/3 cup almond flour. It was so good!!! I do Weight Watchers and with my modifications, the recipe came to 4sp per bar.

  2. 5 stars
    These are so wonderful! So easy and so delicious! I made them for a friend (made them GF so I could have some too) and I knew if I told her they were Gluten Free she probably wouldn’t have eaten them! She raved about them and made a point to call me the next day and say how much she enjoyed them! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I don’t usually bake GF but needed to when taking food to a friend who had surgery, as her husband is gluten intolerant. These were terrific! I loved the combo of fresh fruit and jam—so easy but better than just jam. I used strawberry jam and raspberries, because that jam was open. Thanks for a reliable GF recipe! (I also made your corn bread—delicious! Will add comment there as well.)

  3. I made these bars for Easter! My father and I are the only true gluten free ones and everyone couldn’t stop talking about them! They are so good. I will probably be making them for so many parties now!

  4. Made these for my Easter dessert for my family and nobody knew they were gluten free but were highly praised!! Soo delicious if you love a good raspberry crumb bar.

  5. 5 stars
    These are so good! I made this with blackberries as well and they were great too! I may use a little less blackberries next time but still so so good. Highly recommend this recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow these are amazing!! Super easy to make and I like that the crumble has part of the crust in it because it’s less work. I used a hand mixer and added 3 extra tbsp of butter to my crust because it didn’t seem “dough-y” enough but it turned out great! Can’t wait to bring these for Christmas!

  7. Would love to try these raspberry bars, but can I use a sugar substitute? Or eliminate it, and use dates? I am not good at tweaking.. thank you

  8. 5 stars
    These bars are my favorite! In order for the cookie base to come together, I had to add an extra tablespoon of butter. The sweetness of the raspberry filing balances out with the cookie base. I look forward to savoring a piece of these bars and with a cup of coffee! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. So happy you love them! Next time, run the mixer longer than you think you should (it seems like a while) and the shortbread should come together without the extra tablespoon but glad it worked out! Thank you!

  9. Oh my these bars were everything! I tested out this recipe and it was so easy to follow! (I also watched along to the IG videos)
    It came out of the oven smelling so good that leaving it to cool was almost impossible!
    We couldn’t get enough of these bars. We had them as an afternoon treat and then heated them up in the oven after dinner and served them with a scoop if ice cream on top for dessert.
    Amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  10. These look amazing!!! I am going to make these, however, I wanted to know if I could leave out the pecans? I have a child with nut allergies.

  11. 5 stars
    LOVE these bars! I whipped these up to serve with a store bought rhubarb crisp and everyone loved these- even preferred them! Love how simple they are to make. I’ll definitely be making them again soon!

  12. These are delicious! I used walnuts instead of pecans because it’s all I had on hand. Still came out amazing!

  13. I made these and substituted blueberries and blueberry jam and they were delicious! I love all of your recipes!!

  14. If I’m using gluten free flour without xanthum powder how much xanthum powder should I add?

  15. 4 stars
    This is a great recipe, I would recommend adding a little less sugar in the base if you are using preserves with sugar as it can a little overwhelming with sweetness! Other than great recipe, delish food!

  16. 5 stars
    Making this for the second time today. So delicious, I love it! I also tried ground up almonds in the crumble and it was great too.

    Thanks for an awesome, and easy to make recipe!

  17. 5 stars
    These were so good! They were really easy to make and they tasted great ? would totally recommend these for anyone who needs to be gluten/dairy free. I’ve made them twice and both times my whole family loved them a lot.

  18. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe to use up raspberries that looked as if they weren’t going to last another day. When I found this gluten free recipe, i hesitated because I didn’t have gluten free flour as it’s not a staple in my larder. I thought I’d try it anyway, but using regular flour. It was spectacular and was scoffed within hours of it cooling down. The hardest part was waiting for it to cool. Great recipe. I’ll be making this again. Thankyou!

    1. Happy you love it! Thank you! And great question! I freeze everything but I’ve never frozen these — they stay well in the refrigerator for quite a long time and we generally eat them by then! It’s worth trying to freeze one maybe and seeing how it does…. then you can freeze more if it works!

  19. Hi,
    I’m wondering about an oil sub for the butter. My son is allergic to dairy, soy and seed oils like sunflower and safflower, which Earth Balance uses. We use rice bran oil. Would this work? I see someone subbed applesauce for some of the butter.

  20. 5 stars
    WOW!! These are absolutely divine, I substituted the cane sugar for Coconut sugar, used Coconut Oil for my dairy free butter and I used raw peanuts instead of walnuts . I did not expect these to be so tasty and stick together so well! I will be making these again as my partner (eats dairy & gluten) loved them as much as I did! Thank you for this beautiful recipe!

  21. Any advice on how to adjust recipe to remove pecans? My son would love these but also has a nut allergy. TIA

  22. 5 stars
    Brilliant, thank you! Instead of raspberry, I filled them with feijoa curd . . . and it might be the best thing I’ve ever made.

  23. 5 stars
    Loved these cookie bars. Everyone really likes them and no one would guess they are gluten free. Some things have an odd gf flavor which I try to avoid. I use an extra tablespoon butter (df) , and did make them without fresh berries just jam once, still good but better with the fresh if available.

  24. 5 stars
    I have made these 3-4 times using the smaller pan, (8”x8”) however would like to know if you ever doubled the recipe with the same results? I wanted to take them for a big family get together and I would like to double it.

  25. I made both at the same time because blueberries are my favorite and raspberries are my daughters favorite. Well let me tell you, the raspberry was even better than the blueberry one. Goodness me they were just delicious. Thank you for sharing and I am now a follower!

  26. 5 stars
    Made mostly as is. Didn’t have pecans so substituted fresh walnuts. Was great! Held up well for a few days refrigerated. This will be a standard recipe in my house now.

  27. what about peaches?? Ha I’ve made these like you said and they’re delicious. Just got a box of CO peaches and trying to find some recipes.

  28. I’ve made this recipe twice. Once was dairy free, one was GF. Both were fabulous! I haven’t done both at once, but I’m sure it too is great.

  29. 4 stars
    Made this for the Super Bowl. One guest is GF and my husband tries to watch his gluten intake. I only made two changes: used blackberries instead of raspberries and added a glaze to the top. No, three. Didn’t have any pecans so used almonds. Either way it was delicious! Thank you for making my initial foray into GF baking so easy and delish. Will definitely be making this again as my husband has already requested it. He thinks a lemon crème as a topping would be his idea of perfection.

  30. 3 stars
    Made these for a dinner party with guests who have both gluten and lactose intolerances. Followed the recipe exactly, though I cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup as the preserves I used were a bit sugary. Recipe was super easy and turned out well, but the texture of the bottom layer was grainy and sandy like. I used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour with xanthan and Earth Balance. Not sure if this is normal with GF baking, but it was a miss for those of us without a gluten intolerance. Raspberry filling and topping were delicious and all came together so easily. GF guests enjoyed and were happy to have a dessert they could eat. Thank you!

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