These blackberry lime bars are creamy, bright, and super delicious. A little lime juice, a handful of blackberries, a simple graham cracker crust, a few easy steps, and you have sweet, tangy bars that everyone will enjoy.
I learned long ago that women love chocolate and men love berry desserts… supposedly, but that is so not the case with my husband and I. I definitely prefer all things berry and he is all about the chocolate. Well, unless it’s his favorite lime pie from Brazil. Which is where this recipe came from. His lime pie recipe that he learned while living in Brazil is made with a cracker crumb crust, sweetened condensed milk, media crema, eggs and lime juice of course.
One day we were trying to decide on dessert and he voted for his pie, but I was in the mood for blackberries. The juicy blackberries were making the filling too soupy when baked, so we took the crema out and it turned out perfect. It totally reminds me of our lemon raspberry bars.
There’s just something about a fresh fruit dessert that makes me feel so light and wonderful. I mean, really. Even if it’s a long and nasty winter I’ll bust out these blackberry lime bars and suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad.
Last summer we had the chance to go to Portland to visit Oregon Berries and it was incredible! The taste of those fresh ripe berries were unlike anything you can buy at the store here. When we buy local we ensure quality and secure the livelihoods of families who are making our country a place of variety and success. Cade and I committed right there to check where our berries are coming from and only buy local.
The blackberries we tasted there made me think of these blackberry lime bars and I just knew I had to reshoot this recipe. So here you go!
Ingredients for Blackberry Lime Bars
- Butter: Binds the crust together and adds rich flavor.
- Graham Cracker Crumbs: You can buy crumbs at the store or crush your own graham crackers in a food processor or smashing them in a ziploc bag with your rolling pin. You’ll need about 22 full crackers.
- Sugar: Adds sweetness to the crust.
- Salt: Enhances the flavors and cuts through the sweetness.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: The base and all the sweetness for the lime filling.
- Lime Zest and Juice: It has to be fresh for the best flavor!
- Egg Yolks: Binds the filling together and adds deep rich flavor.
- Blackberries: Fresh, ripe, plump and sweet berries preferred!
Keep scrolling down to the end of the this post to find the measurements for all the ingredients in the recipe card.
How to Make Blackberry Lime Bars
These bars are so easy to make, which is sort of dangerous because I want to make them allllll the time! Here are the basic steps:
- Make the crust: Combine all the ingredients and press it in a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake it.
- Make the filling: While the crust bakes and cools, make the lime filling by mixing the s.c. milk and eggs thoroughly then adding the lime juice and zest.
- Fold in the berries: Gently fold in the blackberries trying hard to not break them. I like to save a few berries to place on top once the filling is poured into the baking pan.
- Cool: Let them cool completely and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to setup completely. Serve as is or with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
The complete instructions can be found in the recipe card down below so keep scrolling for all the details.
Why is My Filling Not Setting Up?
The main culprit for a lime filling that is runny is under-baking. Follow the baking time and temperature exactly and there shouldn’t be a problem.
How Do You Zest A Lime?
If you do not have a zester, you can zest a lime or lemon with a grater. Use a fine grater, with small holes.
Hold grater at an angle, and press the lime across it until the colored part of the lime has come off.
Are Limes Nutritious?
Limes are very nutritious. Limes are high in Vitamin C. One lime provides 32 percent of the Vitamin C required in a day.
The nutrients in limes can support heart, reduce the risk of asthma, and promote healthy skin.
Are Blackberries Good For You?
Blackberries are rich in vitamins A, C, E and most of our B vitamins.
They are also a good source of nutrients including potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Store any leftover bars in refrigerator in an airtight container. They will keep for 3-4 days but the graham cracker crust will progressively get more soggy with time.
These bars do not freeze super well. Well, they freeze fine, it’s when they thaw that things head south. The texture just goes all wrong, so I wouldn’t recommend freezing them.
If you are a fan of sweet and tangy lime desserts, then these blackberry lime bars are a fruity dessert that you have to try! The next time you have fresh blackberries, make this bar dessert recipe and thank me later!
More Delicious Lime Desserts
- Key Lime Pie
- Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Bars
- Key Lime Crumble
- Lime Cheesecake with Triple Berry Sauce
- Key Lime Bars
- Key Lime Streusel Bars
Blackberry Lime Bars
- 1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter, 12 Tablespoons, melted
- 2 3/4 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs, about 22 full graham crackers
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cans Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14oz
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Lime Zest
- 1 Cup Lime Juice, fresh
- 4 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
- 4 Cups Blackberries, fresh
- If you haven’t already, grind the graham crackers in a food processor, blender or in a ziploc with a rolling pin.2 3/4 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
- Heat the oven to 350, and grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
- In a large bowl stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, and salt.1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter, 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Press the crust mixture into your greased baking dish and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the counter while you prepare the filling.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, and eggs.2 Cans Sweetened Condensed Milk, 4 Egg Yolks
- Add the lime juice and zest and whisk thoroughly.1 Cup Lime Juice, 2 1/2 teaspoons Lime Zest
- Fold in the blackberries, being careful not to break them.4 Cups Blackberries
- Pour into the baked crust and place in the oven.
- Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely and then refrigerate at least 30 minutes until set.