The best healthy lemon bars that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo! The delicious shortbread crust is made with a mix of almond & coconut flour, and the light lemon filling is made with just 4 simple ingredients. These healthy lemon bars are a recipe brought to us by Ambitious Kitchen!
For the crust:1/4 cup melted and cooled butter, vegan butter or melted coconut oil¼ cup pure maple syrup¼ teaspoon almond extract1 1/2 cups packed fine blanched almond flour (do not use almond meal)2 tablespoons coconut flour1/4 teaspoon saltFor the filling:Zest from 1 lemon2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2-4 lemons)½ cup pure maple syrup4 large eggs1 tablespoon coconut flour, sifted (or sub tapioca flour or arrowroot starch)To garnish:Powdered sugar (sifted)Lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 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 the 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 remains visible.Once the 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 the 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!
Please see the full post by clicking HERE for my best tips & tricks to baking beautiful healthy lemon bars.
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.
NutritionServings: 12 barsServing size: 1 barCalories: 189kcal
Saturated fat: 4.9g
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