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Easy Lemon Bars

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 207kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Filling

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup coconut cream* the hardened portion at the top of full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • Pinch of turmeric optional, just for color
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Powdered sugar for topping

Instructions

  • Soak raw cashews in cold water overnight, or in boiling water for 1 hour (uncovered). Drain thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a food processor (or blender), add the almonds, walnuts, oats, maple syrup, shredded coconut and sea salt, and blend until mixture is crumbly and sticky, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish, and spread evenly. Use the back of a spoon or measuring cup to press down firmly until it’s evenly distributed and well-packed.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  • Wipe down the food processor. Then, transfer the drained cashews to the bowl of the food processor along with the coconut cream, corn starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, turmeric (optional) and sea salt.
  • Mix on high until well blended and smooth. Pour the filling over crust and spread evenly.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the edges look firm and the center appears slightly “jiggly.” Allow the baking dish to cool on the counter, then transfer to a refrigerator to cool (uncovered) overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  • Cut into 9 large slices or 16 smaller slices. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top (if desired).

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.4mg