This is an overhead image of orange bars cut into squares on a white piece of parchment paper. The bars are topped with powdered sugar and candied oranges. An antique sifter is off to the right with powdered sugar in it. Recipe
GF Gluten-Free VG Vegetarian

Orange Pie Bars

Orange pie bars are loaded with citrus flavor and the perfect make-ahead dessert. The sweet & tangy orange custard sits on a shortbread base.

Prep: 3 hours + 15 minCook: 40 minTotal: 3 hours + 55 min
Servings: 16 bars 1x



  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (How to Make Almond Flour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 2 large oranges)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (roughly 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot


  • Powdered sugar
  • Candied orange slices or orange peel


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the crust ingredients.
  3. Once a crumbly dough forms, dump into the pan and press into an even layer with your hands.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. While the crust is baking, add the eggs, orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, maple syrup and vanilla to another bowl. Whisk until there are no streaks of egg white.
  6. Add the arrowroot powder to the orange and egg mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Once the crust is done baking, immediately add pour the liquid filling mixture onto the crust and put back into the oven for 23-25 more minutes.
  8. Once the bars are done baking, allow to come to room temperature before cooling in the fridge for 1-4 hours (according to your preference). 
  9. Once chilled, sprinkle with powdered sugar and candied orange peel (if desired), slice and serve!


Recipe Development + Food Photography by Jessica Reynolds-Corden
from Jessica Eats.

**These bars should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and consumed within 5 days!

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