These vegan lemon bars are creamy, chewy and absolutely delicious - made dairy-free and refined-sugar free, they're easy to whip up for summer gatherings!
What’s in a traditional lemon bar? The crust is made with butter, flour and sugar. And the filling is made with sugar, flour, eggs and lemon juice. Lemon bars deceivingly taste light and healthy, but there’s generally so much sugar, fat and cholesterol in the recipes. So I was on a mission to match that light and airy taste with light and airy nutrition content. And so became these Vegan Lemon Bars!
To make the crust, I used a combination of almonds, walnuts, shredded coconut, rolled oats, maple syrup and sea salt. The mixture is sticky and chewy, and perfect for pressing down on a pan to make a crust for vegan desserts. Plus those ingredients in general are better-for-you than a traditional graham cracker crust. Just saying…not hating lol. There’s some good fats and great protein in that crust. Honestly i could just roll up that crust in a ball and eat it alone!
For the actual filling, I used a recipe from the The Minimalist Baker made with cashews, coconut cream, lemon juice and maple syrup. I added turmeric for color because I love to see that zesty lemony hue come through on the vegan lemon bars. That part is optional though. If you add a hint of turmeric and you don’t think it looks yellow enough, once you bake it, that color will pop!
I think they look more fun and festive that way with the burst of yellow color! Once they cooled down, I cut them up into 16 squares.
And showered them with powdered sugar. The best finishing touch to a dessert! (totally optional if you’re avoiding refined sugar, but it just makes them so pretty!)
This recipe is perfect for all summer shindings: cookouts and barbecues, birthday parties, baby shower and anytime you feel like sprinkling a little sunshine on your dessert table. I love that they are vegan but taste totally indulgent and decadent! Vegan lemon bars, you just made my summer so much brighter!
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I hope you love this feelgood vegan lemon bars recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.