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Vegan Lemon Bars

These Vegan Lemon Bars are tart, creamy, and extra lemon-y! This plant based dessert is gluten free, naturally sweetened, and so easy to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free dessert, healthy summer dessert, lemon dessert, vegan dessert
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup almond flour spoon and leveled
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 cup salted roasted cashews
  • 1 cup coconut cream the cream from 1 (13.66 oz) can coconut cream, coconut water discarded or saved for another use
  • 2 large lemons zested
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice about 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Organic powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a non-stick 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray and line it with a parchment paper sling. Set aside.
  • Place almond flour, pecans, coconut sugar, salt, coconut oil, and vanilla into a food processor.
  • Process until the pecans have broken up to resemble a crumb and the ingredients have been fully incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, then gently, but firmly press into an even layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes while you make the filling.
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Filling

  • Place cashews, coconut cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cornstarch, cream of tartar, and salt into a high powered blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until very smooth and creamy — there should be no lumps.
  • Pour into the slightly cooled crust then bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes — it will still be quite jiggly in the center.
  • Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Place in the fridge to set, at least 2 1/2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Right before serving, dust with powdered sugar, slice into squares, and enjoy!
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Notes

The powdered sugar will soak into the filling as it sits. Simply dust leftovers with more sugar before serving again and they'll look good as new.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg