Paleo Lemon Bars

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Admittedly, when choosing a dessert I usually pick something that’s super rich & chocolate-y. However, lately I’ve been craving something a little lighter and more spring-like so I decided to try my hand at lemon bars!

The filling was super easy but the crust on the other hand, well… that’s another story. I had some major problems with crust, but I finally got it just right!

These bars have a soft but sturdy shortbread-like crust and the filling is super creamy with the perfect combination of sweet and tart – if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I dusted the top of them with tapioca flour just to be pretty because powdered sugar isn’t very Paleo-like, but I won’t judge you if you decide to use powdered sugar ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how to make them:

1: In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 C of almond flour, 1/3 C + 2 Tbsp. of coconut flour, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Give it a good whirl to combine. Next, add in 1/4 C of coconut oil and pulse until it’s combined. After that, mix in 2 Tbsp. of honey, an egg, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. It should form a ball in your food processor.

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2: If you are making the crust ahead of time, simply wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you are ready to use it. If not, press the dough into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish and prick with a fork several times. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, place the crust in the freezer.

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3: Bake the crust for 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside.

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4: For the filling, juice the lemons until you reach 1/2 C. Then whisk together the lemon juice, the zest of one lemon, 1/2 C of honey, 5 eggs + 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp. coconut flour, and 1 tbsp of tapioca or arrowroot flour.

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5: Pour the filling into the baked crust and place back in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the center is set but slightly jiggly. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes then refrigerate until chilled to finish setting up and then enjoy your luscious lemon bars!

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Paleo Lemon Bars
 
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 C Blanched Almond Flour
  • ⅓ C + 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ¼ C Refined Coconut Oil (solid state)
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ tsp. Pure Vanilla
Filling:
  • ½ C Fresh Lemon Juice, about 4 Lemons (PLEASE don't use the stuff in a bottle, its not the same!)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • ½ C Honey
  • 5 Large Eggs + 1 Large Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp. Coconut Flour, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp. Arrowroot or Tapioca Flour + more for dusting if desired
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the almond flour, coconut flour, and salt. Give it a good whirl to combine. Next, add coconut oil and pulse until it's combined. After that, mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla. It should form a ball in your food processor.
  2. If you are making the crust ahead of time, simply wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you are ready to use it. It can be kept in the fridge for up to two days. If not, press the dough into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish and prick with a fork several times. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, place the crust in the freezer.
  3. Bake the crust for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside.
  4. For the filling, juice the lemons until you reach ½ C. Then whisk together the lemon juice and zest, honey, eggs and egg yolk, coconut flour, and arrowroot or tapioca flour.
  5. Pour the filling into the baked crust and place back in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until the center is set but slightly jiggly.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes then refrigerate until chilled to finish setting up, about 2 or 3 hours.
  7. Dust the top with tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, or powdered sugar ๐Ÿ™‚

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42 responses to “Paleo Lemon Bars

    • Hi Amie! Almond flour is really hard to replace, the only substitute I know of is sunflower seed flour. However, for this particular recipe, you could *try* replacing the almond flour with an additional 1/4 C of coconut flour. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it will work for sure, but that’s where I’d start. If the dough doesn’t form a ball in the food processor, add additional coconut flour or if it’s too hard and not pliable, I’d add ice water a Tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right texture. If you try it let me know how it works!!!

      • I think that increasing coconut flour is a bad idea because it absorbs water like no other substance on Earth! You can substitute pecan flour or hazelnut flour for the almond flour, though. And you can also make a pecan/walnut butter to use as well. I love almond flour but one of our kids gets an itchy throat when she eats anything with almonds, even though an allergy didn’t show up on any tests, so we really don’t use it anymore.

  1. Hungry Heather

    I made these on Memorial Day and they are AWESOME!! Thank you for helping me with my lemon dessert craving! I followed your recipe exactly except for using light agave instead of honey and less of it. I used liquid stevia in its place. I also used chickpea flour in place of the arrowroot. They turned out great! I had a regular lemon dessert bar several weeks ago from a bakery stand, but these taste so much better- and they’re so much healthier!

  2. Amy

    I made these yesterday for my SAD-food loving husband and in-laws. Hubs was craving lemon bars for over a week (which in and of itself is odd). So I surprised him when they arrived home after being out all day. Everyone loved them and I never said they were Paleo. And better yet, was not accused of trying to pass off some bastardized substitution of a “real thing”.
    WIN WIN WIN!!!

    • Kristen

      I used gf raw oatmeal that I ground myself with nuts of choice. I think you could definitely go with oatmeal mixed in with the other ingredients (nut free). I sub in recipes all the time.

  3. Kirsten

    FABULOUS!! I just made these for the hubby’s bday today. Turned out fantastic. I went heavy on the lemon rind to make them super lemoniscious. I didn’t have arrowroot or tapioca flour so I just omitted (maybe did slightly more coconut flour) and it turned out fine. They are more custard like than traditional really sweet lemon bars, but we prefer it! Thanks so much for the great recipe.

  4. Mara

    So delicious! I made these for my family and they were a big hit. We don’t like our desserts too sweet, so I reduced the honey in the lemon custard to 1/4 cup. I also made the mistake of poking too many holes in the crust, so the custard leaked down- now I have upside down lemon bars! However, they still taste amazing, thanks for the recipe!

  5. Kristen

    These are so yummy. My 3.5 year old loved them and my husband couldn’t stop saying, “mmmmm!” I did modify the crust; I ground macadamia nuts, almonds, and raw oatmeal plus added some lemon zest. I also used only ยฝ the honey in the lemon filling. They turned out lemony and delightful! My mom and sisters enjoyed them as well. I’ll definitely make again.

    • Hi Kaitlyn, I’ve successfully used tapioca flour but other than that I’m not sure. Cornstarch may work but that is definitely not Paleo! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If you do try another flour let me know how it turns out!!!

      -Cassidy

  6. Doug

    Does the arrowroot or tapioca flour go into the filling or is it just used for dusting the top of the finished product?

  7. Laura Besharah

    I used pistachio’s to garnish.
    Color contrast of green on yellow was very vibrant, look refreshing

  8. Pam

    Made these for my BFF’s birthday, since we both dislike cake, and I’m eating mostly paleo right now. We both approve. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t use lemon zest this time since the juice was from a bunch of lemon wedges I had zested before freezing months ago. Still turned out amazing, and will definitely make them again.

  9. Peggy Rush

    I made these for the first time. Haven’t tasted them yet. But I’m wondering about the nutrients and calories in them. Please list this info on your recipes. It would be very helpful. I am in Nutrimost.

    • I don’t sorry. But if you google “Nutrition Calculator” My Fitness Pal has one that’s pretty easy to use ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      -Cassidy

  10. Bridget Bott

    You originally say this is an egg free recipe but then the recipe goes on to include an egg. Is there a substitiute for the egg and you should change the heading so it accurately depicts it does have eggs in it…..

    • Hi bridget bott!

      I might be missing it, but I don’t see any place where I wrote that this is an egg free recipe? Under the picture I do have a link to another recipe I have for an egg free and vegan version of this lemon bar recipe, is that what you mean?

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