Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

Oatmeal is a healthy snack.

Fruits are good for you, therefore jam is good for you.

Coconut ain’t too shabby either.

So clearly these bars are good for you too. Right? At least, that’s what I try to tell myself.

It’s the same as when you eat chocolate ice cream for dinner and you offset it with a carrot.  That’s totally legit.

Or when you replace the whole milk with 2% milk in your loaded baked potato soup. Totally a health food at that point. Ignore the massive quantities of bacon sprinkled on top.

I’m really good at the “this is totally healthy now, due to this one factor” excuse. Anyone who eats as many desserts as I do would have to be an expert. I started at a young age when I used to claim cheesecake was healthy because it was made of cheese. I learned in school that cheese is full of protein and calcium. The dairy portion of the food pyramid is super important, you guys. Take note.

So the oatmeal and raspberry in these bars totally make these things healthy.



Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

Adapted from epicurious.com


  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into  pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 12oz. jar of seedless raspberry jam, stirred thoroughly to loosen


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment so that the parchment runs up the sides of the pan. Butter parchment.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup coconut  evenly on a baking sheet and toast in middle of oven, checking every 2 minutes and stirring, until  golden, about 8 minutes, then cool.
  3. Blend together flour,  sugar, and salt in a food processor, then add butter and blend until a dough  begins to form. Transfer to a bowl and knead in oats and toasted coconut until combined well.
  4. Reserve 3/4 cup dough,  then press remainder evenly into bottom of prepared baking  pan and spread jam over it. Crumble reserved dough evenly over jam, then  sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup (untoasted) coconut.
  5. Bake in middle of oven  until golden, 20 to 25 minutes, then cool completely in pan on a rack. Lift out in 1 piece using the parchment as handles and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars.

Bars can be made 3 days ahead and kept in an airtight container at room  temperature.

34 thoughts on “Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

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  2. I came across this recipe through Pinterest. It looked super yummy and it was! My husband has already requested a second pan. I accidentally added a little more coconut to the crust but it didn’t affect the integrity of it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I love bars like that but they often seem too sweet. And that’s all right because I just had an epiphany – I will make them with pureed raspberries and some lemon zest!!!!!!! That will be my contrubution to the holiday dinner. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  5. Jess – I know, right? Most people roll their eyes at me when I tell them carrot cake, slathered in thick cream cheese frosting, is toootally a vegetable! ;)

    natalie – oooh apricot jam! I have some dried apricots in my cupboards too, I wonder what it would be like if I chopped those up real small and added them…

    Jillian – Then go ahead and make some! They’re pretty easy! :)

    Bria – Yeah, the textures in this bar are great.

    lauren – oh man, I love the all caps enthusiasm! My husband was a huuuge sucker for these too as he’s crazy for oats and raspberries in a dessert!

    Charlotte – Ooh, thank you! Looks like a fun group!

    Kevin – That’s because they ARE good. :D

    Daphne – Yup, just a little more coconut would only change the texture slightly, so coconut lovers out there, feel free to do this on purpose. ;)

    Masha – That’s a good idea! Also feel free to use a favourite jam of yours that might be a little on the tangier side.

    sara – Yay! :D

  6. Hi Amandeleine! I just currently created a WordPress blog and am using the same layout as you! When I upload my photos onto my posts however, they automatically scale the images down and i don’t know how to get them bigger.? When I upload them from flickr, the are bigger but I can only upload one photo per post. Obviously I am very new to this and was wondering if you could give me a few pointers!


    • Oh! I’m not sure what’s happening to your blog… Are they actually being uploaded as a smaller image or are they just showing up in your posts smaller? If you click on a particular image in your post it should link to the original uploaded image, and from there, you can see how big it uploaded. If they’re just displaying too small, you can actually change that. When you’re editing a post, click on a photo and a little image icon should appear in the top left corner of the photo. Click on that and you can change the size the photo appears at there. Just be careful because if photos get displayed too large, it could break your blog layout. WordPress is usually pretty good at embedding images at the ideal size for the layout.

      Also, this particular layout I’m using is a scaling layout. What that means is the layout columns and whatnot change size based on how big the reader’s browser window is currently. That causes all the images to size up and down as well, so if the browser window is open at a smaller size, it can make all my images look smaller.

      I don’t know, does any of this help? Let me know if there’s any other info on my experiences that I could offer.

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  8. Have made these twice now. Simply amazing! Every time I walk down the isle at the grocery store and see coconut I instantly think of these delicious bars! Will be making these every chance I get!

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  10. I accidentally bought sugar free raspberry jam :( has anyone tried it with sugar free? They just came out of the oven and look great but i do not care for the artificial flavor of sugar free.

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  13. I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for a work function. They were absolutely delicious bars!!! I’ll definitely be making these again soon. Everyone raved about them. Thanks for sharing!!

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