Raw Lemon Bars

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Thick Raw Lemon Bars

Lemon bars have always been a favorite dessert of mine.

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My mom got me hooked on them as a little girl, and I pine for them whenever I cruise by a bakery display…out of necessity is born a recipe!

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This raw version is made up of a chewy, sweet, and slightly tangy bottom layer topped with a rich and creamy layer of lemon-y goodness…the sweetness offsets the lemon enough to keep you from puckering, while still maintaining the citrus flavor that makes these bars so fresh and clean.

Thick Raw Lemon Bars
Prep time- 10 mins
Total time- 10 mins
Author: Lauren Goslin
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • Bottom Layer:
  • ¾ c. walnuts
  • ¼ c. unsweetened coconut
  • 5 soft dates (I used Medjool)
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 2-3 t. lemon zest
  • Top Layer:
  • 6 T. coconut oil, softened
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 1 t. lemon zest
  • 3-5 drops stevia, to taste
  • pinch of turmeric, to enhance yellow ‘lemon’ color, optional
Instructions
  1. Process together the ingredients for the bottom layer.
  2. Make sure it is well combined, and press it into a small glass dish (I used a 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish).
  3. Place the coconut oil into a small bowl.
  4. Beat the oil with a hand mixer until creamy (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Add in the lemon juice, zest, maple syrup, stevia, and turmeric (if using) and mix until combined and a bit fluffy.
  6. Spread the top layer onto the bottom layer.
  7. Place into the fridge or freezer until set (15-30 minutes)**.
  8. Cut and enjoy!
Notes
**If you store your bars in the fridge or freezer for a long period of time, you will need to set them out a bit in advance before consuming them, as they will need time to soften a bit.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 9 Calories: 179 Fat: 16 g Saturated fat: 8.9 g Unsaturated fat: 7.1 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 8.3 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 68 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Protein: 2.7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Thick, luscious bars….

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…and the obligatory bite shot…

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I can see myself nibbling on one of these while sipping a cup of tea in the late afternoon…bliss.

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3 thoughts on “Raw Lemon Bars

  1. I sent this to a few of my vegan and raw friends – I hope they make them so I can come over and eat them up. The only thing better than making your own homemade cookie? Is having someone else make it for you!

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