These simple and refreshing Paleo Lime Bars are the perfect healthy sweet pick-me-up for these hot summer days we’ve been having! They are even gluten-free, dairy-free and also refined sugar-free. And it gets even better because we added a gut healing ingredient, too! 

I Still Have A Semi Sweet Tooth

It would be a lie to say that I’ve given up treats since going Paleo, because I haven’t, but the sweets and treats I enjoy now are way different than they were before. Most of the treats I indulge in now are made at home where I focus on using real food ingredients and natural sweeteners, like the pure maple syrup used in these Paleo lime bars. I also try to add in gut healing ingredients like gelatin or collagen to my treats. So, the treats I make now, like these lime bars, are way healthier and way more beneficial for your body as a whole. These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free and also refined sugar-free!

Stack of Paleo lime bars topped with lime zest and sliced lime.

Gelatin Vs. Collagen

Gelatin and collagen are great supplements to add to your daily life! They are both great for healing your gut and for having healthy hair, skin and nails – among other benefits. The difference between gelatin and collagen is that collagen is water soluble. That means that it blends right into whatever you mix it with and you really wouldn’t even know it is in the finished product. Gelatin, on the other hand, is what gives jell-o it’s jiggly texture, somewhere between free-flowing and solid. We used gelatin in these lime bars and played with the amount to create a semi-solid/semi-creamy lime filling for the bars. As you make these lime bars, they start out totally liquid and then firm up a bit in the fridge. You can adjust the amount of gelatin you use until the texture is just right for you, too!

Paleo lime bars topped with lime zest and sliced lime.

Some Other Summer Treats To Try

Your Turn To Try Our Paleo Lime Bars

Summer isn’t over yet, and one of the best ways to beat the heat is with a a refreshing treat like these Paleo lime bars! Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Also, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can check it out! Give us a follow on Instagram as well if you don’t already!

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Paleo Lime Bars (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)

These simple and refreshing Paleo Lime Bars are the perfect healthy sweet pick-me-up for these hot summer days! They're GF, dairy-free + refined sugar-free!


For the crust/crumble:

For the lime filling:

  • 1 avocado
  • 4 small limes, juice of, (and zest of one of them for the topping)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 warm water
  • 1 tbsp gelatin


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a 9×9″ baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the crust/crumble ingredients. Mix with a spoon until the coconut oil is pretty well mixed in, but the mixture remains crumbly. 
  • Place 3/4 of the mixture in the parchment lined baking dish and spread out and into the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Place in the oven and bake for 12 or so minutes. The edges will start to get a little golden brown. 
  • While the crust is baking, make the lime filling. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, combine all of the filling ingredients except for the water and gelatin. 
  • In a small bowl, mix warm water and gelatin and then pour into sauce pan with the rest of the filling ingredients. Whisk to combine everything and remove from heat. 
  • Once the crust is done, remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the lime filling over the crust and sprinkle the rest of the crust/crumble over the top. It will end up sinking in a bit and create a sort of marbled look to bars once they’re done. 
  • Transfer pan to the fridge or freezer until set. Once set, cut into 9 bars and serve! Enjoy! You can sprinkle some lime zest and/or add lime rounds on top!  

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Paleo Lime Bars (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)