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Dairy-free Lemon Bars Recipe

The best healthy lemon bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo! The delicious shortbread crust is with a mix of almond & coconut flour, and the light lemon filling is with just 4 simple ingredients. These healthy lemon bars don’t have artificial sweeteners, a perfect spring treat!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine General
Servings 12 bars
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the crust:

  • ¼ cup vegan butter or coconut oil melted
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • cup packed fine blanched almond flour (do not use almond meal)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 1 lemon Lemon zest
  • cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2-4 lemons)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour sifted (or sub tapioca flour or arrowroot starch)

For garnish:

  • Powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Lemon zest

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper. (Do not use a glass pan as it will likely cause the bottom of the crust to burn.)
  • First make the crust: whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour and salt. Next stir in the butter, pure maple syrup and almond extract. Mix until a dough forms. Press dough evenly into prepared pan with your hands. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While your crust bakes, you can make the filling: in a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, pure maple syrup, eggs and sifted coconut flour. You want to whisk really well so that no egg white remain visible.
  • Once crust is done baking, immediately and slowly pour filling over crust. Do not allow the crust to cool first, this is critical.
  • Lower your oven temperature to 325 degrees F, place bars immediately in oven and bake the bars for 20-25 minutes or until filling is set and no longer jiggles. Cool completely on a wire rack then refrigerate for at least 4 hours to firm up bars. Once ready to serve, use a sharp knife to cut into 12 bars. I recommend garnishing them with powdered sugar and a little lemon zest before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

To store: store these lemon bars in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days.
To freeze: wrap the bars tightly before putting them in the freezer and simply let them thaw in the fridge before enjoying. They should stay good in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts

Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Carbohydrates: 18.9g
Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 15.2g | Protein 4.9g
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