Perfect Lemon & Coconut Bars

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I am sorry. I know it’s only Monday. And you are probably at work, trying to focus on numbers, stats, calculations and other important things. And here we come stealing your attention with the most delicious lemon bar recipe ever. So if I were you I would probably stop reading now. I mean it, stop now. Before I tell you that they are gluten free. And dairy free. And very quick and easy to make. Did I mention they are crazy delicious? Sorry. Get back to work now.

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The thing is that we have always loved lemon pie and lemon bars, but when you try to make them healthier – without the flour, sugar and butter – you often loose all that is good and gooey about them. So instead of making a traditional gluten free pie crust, we did something else this time. Our crust is more similar to a coconut macaroon, sweetened with maple syrup and then flattened out and pre baked. It’s perfect – sticky, sweet and gooey. And then topped with a rather tart lemon filling and powdered with … no, not powdered sugar, but coconut flour. Yep, it looks strikingly similar! But if you prefer it sweeter you can of course use powdered sugar instead.

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Lemon-bar-traditionalists might be concerned with how we tweaked this recipe. Claiming that they won’t taste like original lemon bars anymore. But they do, they really do. Sure, they have their own twist. But they still have everything that is good about a lemon bar. They are in fact better.

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A fair amount of people have been asking us about the backgrounds that we use in our photos. I took a behind the scenes photo of some them on my instagram. We often use a few different matte stone boards, wooden planks or old metal sheets. For your information, the huge stone board that we used in these photos is not my friend anymore. I was going to put it back after we used it and dropped it on my big toe! It broke. Ouch. Well, at least we got some good photos …

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Lemon & Coconut Bars
Makes around 40 pieces

This is a quite big batch, you could easily half the recipe. Also, the filling is a little more tart than standard. We think it is perfect, but if you know that you are sensitive either add more maple syrup or use a little less lemon juice.

Crust
5 tbsp (75 g) coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 cups/480 ml (200 g) shredded coconut (unsweetened)

1 cup/240 ml (100 g) almond flour
1 pinch sea salt
2 egg whites (save the yolks for the lemon curd)

Filling
3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
6 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup / 80 ml lemon juice + 1 tbsp zest (around 2 lemons)
1/3 cup / 80 ml  (35 g) almond flour

Dust with 3 tbsp coconut flour (or powdered sugar)

Set the oven to 350°F (175°C). Melt coconut oil in a sauce pan on low/medium heat. Add maple syrup, shredded coconut, almond flour and salt. Stir around until everything is combined. Remove from the heat. Crack two eggs, save the egg yolks for later and add the whites to the sauce pan while stirring. Keep stirring for about a minute. The mixture should be quite sticky now. Line a 12×8 inch (30×20 cm baking dish with baking paper and pour the coconut mixture into it. Use your hands, a spatula or the backside of a spoon to flatten it out. Press it down firmly so it becomes quite compact. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then remove it from the oven. Meanwhile, start preparing the filling.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs + the 2 egg yolks with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the rest of the ingredients. Beat for two more minutes. Pour the mixture over the baked crust in the baking dish. Bake for around 16-19 minutes or until edges are light brown and center is set. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing up the bars. You always want to dig in immediately, but it is much easier to eat after it is set. Cut into roughly 1 x 2-inch (3 x 6 cm) rectangles. Dust with coconut flour or powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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162 Comments

  • Isabella
    Just made these...totally delicious!
  • ahhh, what a time to discover your site, just when you share the best recipe ever! Yum!
  • I had a look at your slabs of stone. How on earth do you move those around? They look heavy enough to need a forklift.
  • Thank you! Four of my family members are super fond of lemon bars, and this will please them immensely!
  • I follow you on instagram and have been watching these come to life, I cant wait to make them!!! Love your blog.
  • alyse
    Heaven ♥.¸¸.♪♫¸¸.♥
  • Danielle
    Can the almond flour be sub with another type of flour? My sister is gluten, dairy and nut free!
  • These look amazing and sound so much more delicious than the usual lemon bar! Thanks for sharing the recipe, great photos too!
  • Mmm, det lyder fantastisk!
  • Mona
    Uf! Glemte iPad tastaturets ulyksaligheder.... Sorry to hear about your toe. Get well soon :-))) Mona
  • Mona
    Hey David. Sort to heat about Tour toe. Getvweel sono :-(
  • lemon and coconut are honestly one of the best combinations ever. these look amazing, thanks!
  • Lemon bars are my favorite! These look delectable. Thanks for sharing!
  • I cannot wait to bake a batch of these! I adore lemon bars and am enjoying baking with almond flour lately. And sweetened with maple syrup? Indeed perfect. A bright spot on this drizzly, gray Monday morning!
  • Darby
    I love lemon bars, one of my absolute favorite sweet treats. now when I make them everyone can enjoy since they are gluten free!
  • As you predicted, I did indeed stop my work the minute I saw the delicious looking lemon bars, and I began reading your post and clicking straight to the recipe as you promised no flour and no... but whats with the eggs. It was so promising until I saw the amount of eggs you have in this recipe. As I also love lemon pies and bars, I will try making the recipe later today with substitute egg powder, and see if it turns out good. Will let you know how it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.
  • They look absolutely stunning! The lemon, coconut, almond combo sounds good and I cannot wait to try them out very soon for ourselves. What a great idea to use coconut flour instead of the powdered sugar. :-) PS: I've been drinking my warm water with lemon every morning since New Year and I love it, thanks again for the good advice.
  • These look even better than the lemon bars I make at work (at a bakery). I will try to veganize these!
  • This recipe looks so tantalizing. I am blessed with having 7 meyer lemon trees heavy with fruit, it has been on my lengthy list to come up with a recipe for lemon bars that are healthier as well as vegan for awhile now. I can't wait to try this recipe with a few alterations to make it entirely plant-based.

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