15 Fruit Bars for a Sweet Finish to Your Meal

Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars
Photo: Blaine Moats

These fruit bar recipes are easy to make and full of perfectly sweet (and sometimes tart) flavor. There's a decadent fruit bar recipe for every season and palate. Find classic recipes as well as innovative takes on flavors such as apple bars, lemon bars, and more.

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Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars
Kritsada Panichgul

A light orange glaze is the icing on the cake (literally). Flaky homemade pastry surrounds a layer of thinly sliced pears. Bold five-spice powder gives the filling of these gourmet fruit bars just enough punch.

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Fresh Raspberry Bars

Classic Fresh Raspberry Bars
Andy Lyons

A decadent topping of cream cheese, goat cheese, and fresh berries makes diving into these raspberry bars a no-brainer. The lower layers aren't too shabby, either with a melt-in-your-mouth combo of buttery shortbread crust and delectable raspberry jam.

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Blueberry Cereal Bars

Blueberry Cereal Bars
Jacob Fox

No more wondering about those unrecognizable ingredients listed on the box of cereal bars. Our homemade blueberry bars are chock-full of clean-eating ingredients such as almond butter, pure maple syrup, chia seeds, and rolled oats for the ultimate breakfast-on-the-go option.

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Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars

Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars
Blaine Moats

When you combine the chewy ingredients of an oatmeal cookie with luscious cherry preserves, you're bound for a heavenly dessert. Finish off these easy fruit bars with a mighty dose of almond crunch.

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Peanut Butter Jammin' Bars

Peanut Butter Jammin' Bars
Jason Donnelly

You really can't go wrong with a classic flavor pairing like peanut butter and jelly. These fruit bars can be stored in your freezer for up to one month, so the kids (and adults) will always have a sweet treat on hand.

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Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon Lime Bars
Andy Lyons

Get a double-punch of citrus flavor in these puckery fruit bars. Be sure to pour the filling onto the crust as soon as you take it out of the oven—this helps the lemon-lime bars set. Add some extra citrus zest to the top of the fruit bars before serving for additional flavor and color.

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Blueberry Slab Pie

Blueberry Slab Pie
Jason Donnelly

If you're a blueberry-lover, you'll flip for this simple slab pie. It's piled high with six cups of plump, cinnamon-spiced blueberries and topped off with a sugary oat crumble.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars
Jennifer Levy

A sugar-and-spice ginger icing balances the tart flavor of rhubarb in this classic bar cookie recipe. Fresh strawberries on top add more fruity flavor and extra sweetness.

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Apple-Cheese Slab Pie

Apple Cheese Slab Pie
Blaine Moats

Like a delicious stuffed Danish, these fruit bars include sweet layers of cream cheese and apples between buttery pastry. We like to use frozen puff pastry for this easy dessert recipe to save prep time.

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Pear-Cinnamon Streusel Squares

Pear-Cinnamon Streusel Squares
Scott Little

These fruit bars are going to shine alongside a cup of coffee during brunch. Substitute apples for the pears, if you like; the cinnamon-flavor sweetness of this moist bar blends well with either fruit. Drizzle the bars with powdered sugar icing after they cool for a beautiful presentation.

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Banana Bars with Butter-Rum Frosting

Banana Bars with Butter-Rum Frosting
Blaine Moats

Got a few extra almost-too-ripe bananas on hand? Use them in this delightful fruit bar recipe. The sweet fruit combines with sour cream to provide a moist, tender crumb for the base. The 5-ingredient rum-spiked frosting will have you savoring every last bite.

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Cherry Crumb Bars

Cherry Crumb Bars
Blaine Moats

Tart cherries balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing make these fruit bar cookies a winner. To keep prep time easy, we start with a bag of oatmeal cookie mix.

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Berry Slab Pie

Berry Slab Pie
Andy Lyons

Purchased puff pastry makes it a snap to prepare this eat-with-your-hands berry-filled treat. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar for a bit of sparkle.

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Sour Cream and Raisin Bars

Sour Cream and Raisin Bars
Blaine Moats

Raisin pie fans will love these down-home fruit bars featuring a buttery oatmeal crust and crumb topper. For other fruit flavors, you can easily substitute dried apricots, cherries, or cranberries.

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Cranberry-Pear Bars

Cranberry Pear Bars
Kritsada Panichgul

Sweeten the tart cranberry filling with a splash of pear nectar to add luscious flavor to these hearty nutmeg-spiced fruit bars. Store these beauties at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month to enjoy them longer.

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