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Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars

Beautifully buttery Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars on a grain-free shortbread crust are magically flaky with the perfect sweet, tangy gooey strawberry bite. This incredibly easy recipe only requires 5 basic ingredients! Egg-free and easy to make dairy-free for a vegan option!

Easy 5-Ingredient Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars - grain-free, sugar-free, delicious crumb bars that are so easy to make!

A few years ago, I posted a recipe for Paleo Blueberry Crumb Bars,  and was so well received that I don’t know why it has taken me this long to revisit the topic!

Yet here we are! Diving into Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars for a very similar treat that happens to be sugar-free and low-carb.

Made with only 5 ingredients, you’d never guess these crazy simple bars were grain-free and sugar-free!

Tangy, sweet, buttery, and an explosion of berry flavor?! You’ll want to eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert, just like we did 😉

One of my favorite parts about these bars is that the natural sweetness of the ingredients shine through and speak for themselves without the need for excessive sugar-free sweetener. There’s only ¼ cup of sugar-free sweetener total in the whole batch of bars, which is low relative to most recipes!

Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars made with just 5 ingredients! Grain-free, sugar-free and delicious!

Ingredients for Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars:

Strawberries: Fresh, juicy strawberries get cooked into an amazing jammy mixture to make these crumb bars insanely flavorful and luscious. I haven’t tested the recipe using frozen strawberries, but my guess it will work as long as you add another 1 to 2 teaspoons of tapioca flour to the filling mixture.

Sugar-Free Sweetener: I use sugar-free brown sugar because I feel like it gives the bars a richness, but you can use regular sugar-free granulated sweetener. My top three brands I use are Lakanto, Truvia, and Swerve. 

Tapioca Flour: In order to thicken the strawberry filling mixture, you’ll need to add a small amount of thickening agent and reduce down the mixture until it’s nice and thick. I use tapioca flour, but you can swap it for arrowroot starch or cornstarch.

Almond Flour: Used for both the shortbread crust and the topping, super fine almond flour gives us that perfectly flaky crumb bar texture.

Butter: A little butter goes a long way in making these strawberry crumb bars completely addicting! Melted butter is mixed with the almond flour and sugar-free sweetener to create both the base and the crumb topping for these bars. Use salted and don’t add sea salt or go with unsalted and add sea salt to the crumb mixture. Ghee or melted coconut oil also work!

Sea Salt: Used to enhance all of the flavors and bring out the sweetness even more!

Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars made with 5 basic ingredients. Sugar-free, grain-free, easy, buttery and delicious!

How to Make Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars:

Prepare the Strawberry Filling: Add the strawberries, sugar-free sweetener, and sea salt to a small saucepan, cover, and heat over medium heat. Bring this mixture to a full boil. Stir the strawberry mixture occasionally and allow it to continue to cook at a gentle boil until the strawberries have leached out a great deal of moisture and a lot of liquid forms. Add the tapioca flour and continue cooking, mashing the strawberries as you stir, until the mixture is very thick, about 20 minutes total. Remove from heat and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

How to make strawberry filling for strawberry crumb bars

While the strawberry mixture is cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8” x 8” cake pan with parchment paper.

Prepare the Crust: Stir together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Keep stirring until a thick, moist, crumbly dough forms.

Measure out ½ cup of the crust mixture and place it in a bowl to use as the topping. 

Mix the crumb topping in a mixing bowl

Press the rest of the crust mixture into the parchment-lined cake pan until you have an even layer of crust. Poke several times with a fork to ensure even baking. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and appears as though it has set up. 

Bake the crust until golden-brown

Remove the crust from the oven.

Make the Bars:

Spread the strawberry filling mixture over the crust in an even layer. 

Add the strawberry filling to the crust

Sprinkle the reserved topping mixture over the strawberry layer. 

Sprinkle crumb topping over strawberry layer

Bake the bars for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crumb bar topping is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow crumb bars to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Note: I chill the bars in the refrigerator to allow them to cool completely before slicing.

Keto Crumb Bars made with almond flour and sugar-free sweetener

Can I Make These Dairy-Free and Vegan?:

Yes, absolutely! All you need to do is replace the melted butter with melted coconut oil and then your bars will be vegan and dairy-free.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add ⅓ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the topping mixture for a nutty infusion.
  • Swap the strawberries for blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries. 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon of almond extract to the crumb mixture if you have it on hand!
  • Replace the almond flour with hazelnut flour or cassava flour (note: cassava flour is not low-carb). Don’t replace the almond flour with coconut flour, please! It requires a lot of additional love to get it to work.

Beautifully buttery Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars on a grain-free shortbread crust are magically flaky with the perfect sweet, tangy gooey strawberry bite. This incredibly easy recipe only requires 5 basic ingredients! Egg-free and easy to make dairy-free for a vegan option!

More Delicious Keto Desserts:

That’s it! I hope you love these buttery, flaky, tangy, fresh n’ frisky keto strawberry crumb bars as much as we do!

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Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars made with just 5 ingredients! Grain-free, sugar-free and delicious!

Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars

Yield: 15 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Amazingly buttery and perfectly sweet and flaky crumb bars with a lovely jammy strawberry filling. So delicious, easy to make, and only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

Strawberry Filling:

Shortbread Crust and Topping:

Instructions

Prepare the Strawberry Filling:

  1.  Add the strawberries, sugar-free sweetener, and sea salt to a small saucepan, cover, and heat over medium heat. Bring this mixture to a full boil. Stir the strawberry mixture occasionally and allow it to continue to cook at a gentle boil until the strawberries have leached out a great deal of moisture and a lot of liquid forms. Add the tapioca flour and continue cooking, mashing the strawberries as you stir, until the mixture is very thick, about 20 minutes total. Remove from heat and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. While the strawberry mixture is cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8” x 8” cake pan with parchment paper.

Prepare the Crust: 

  1. Stir together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Keep stirring until a thick, moist, crumbly dough forms.
  2. Measure out ½ cup of the crust mixture and place it in a bowl to use as the topping. 
  3. Press the rest of the crust mixture into the parchment-lined cake pan until you have an even layer of crust. Poke several times with a fork to ensure even baking. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and appears as though it has set up. 
  4. Remove the crust from the oven.

Make the Bars:

  1. Spread the strawberry filling mixture over the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved topping mixture over the strawberry layer. 
  2. Bake the bars for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crumb bar topping is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow crumb bars to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
  3. Note: I chill the bars in the refrigerator to allow them to cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition Information
Yield 15 Serving Size 1 of 15
Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 10gCarbohydrates 7gNet Carbohydrates 5gFiber 2gProtein 5g
5-Ingredient Keto Strawberry Crumb Bars made egg-free, grain-free, and sugar-free. A perfectly buttery and tangy dessert with a fabulous shortbread crust!

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Cindy

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Thank you for the great recipe-I make your cranberry version in the Fall. This is the perfect summer recipe! I used mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)

Julia

Monday 2nd of August 2021

I'm so happy you like the cranberry version too! And mixed berry sounds amazing! xoxoxo

Layla

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Thank you so much for this recipe! I used cherries instead of strawberries. They turned out perfect! This recipe is a keeper!

Julia

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Ooh, cherries sound amazing! so happy you enjoy it! xoxo

Mysti

Thursday 29th of July 2021

I was wondering if rhubarb could be added to the strawberries, for a strawberry rhubarb filling? These sound so delicious!

Julia

Saturday 31st of July 2021

Hi Myti! I'm betting that would be marvelous! I would simply reduce the amount of strawberries (maybe do 1/2 rhubarb, 1/2 strawberries?) and add some more sweetener to account for the loss of sweetness :) I hope you love them!

Shirley

Thursday 29th of July 2021

What a great recipe to make for the grandkids, take to the beach or camping. Actually, I would love to have these ready for watching the next episode of _____!

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