Vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Bars (refined sugar-free)

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These vegan and gluten-free lemon bars have a cool silky texture atop a sweet, crumbly and buttery grain-free crust.  They skip the butter, refined sugar, condensed milk, egg yolks and heavy whipping cream for healthier vegan ingredients.  This dessert offers plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats all while staying true to the sweet, tangy taste and creamy, airy texture you would expect from lemon bars. 

Vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

Vegan and Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

I’m extremely excited to share this delicious and easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Lemon Bar recipe today.  Not only are these bars vegan and gluten-free but they are also grain-free and refined sugar-free.
How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Lemon Bars
The first layer is a sweet, crumbly and buttery “pie crust” made from almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.  Simply mix those five ingredients together in a bowl and bake for a quick 10 minutes.  Next comes all the tangy lemon flavor made from cashews, coconut milk, lemons, maple syrup, arrowroot starch and a touch of vanilla and salt.  You can add a pinch of turmeric powder for color and you won’t taste it at all.  All those ingredients get pureed at once in your blender and then poured overtop the pie crust layer.  Then the bars go straight into your freezer to firm up.  Once firm you can slice and enjoy immediately.  You can top them off with homemade coconut whipped cream for an airy, sweet, cool and creamy finish.  I sprinkled lemon zest on top and garnished each bar with a fresh lemon slice just to make them look extra fancy.
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This Vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Bars recipe will be an instant favorite to serve for an easy dessert.  The lemon bars are vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and refined sugar-free.

Easy Vegan Lemon Bar Recipe

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Homemade Vegan Lemon Bars

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Vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Bars (refined sugar-free)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan and gluten-free lemon pie bars have a cool silky texture atop a sweet, crumbly and buttery grain-free crust.  They skip the butter, refined sugar, condensed milk, egg yolks and heavy whipping cream for healthier vegan ingredients.  This dessert offers plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats all while staying true to the sweet, tangy taste and creamy, airy texture you would expect from lemon bars.


Ingredients

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For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups super-fine blanched almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

For the filling:


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together the almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until well combined.  Transfer this mixture to the parchment-lined baking pan.  Top with another piece of parchment paper and use the bottom of a cup to flatten the mixture so it is in one even layer covering the entire bottom of the pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding the filling.
  3. While the pie crust bakes and cools, prepare the filling.  Add soaked cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice, arrowroot starch, vanilla, salt and turmeric to a high speed blender.  Blend on the highest speed for one minute.  Scrape down the sides if needed and re-blend to make sure everything is fully incorporated.  Pour overtop the cooled pie crust and place the baking pan on a flat surface in your freezer.  Allow to freeze for four hours before slicing and enjoying.  If the bars have been in your freezer for longer than four hours you may need to allow them to soften at room temperature for a couple minutes before slicing and enjoying.  The bars will start to melt a little bit at room temperature after about 20 minutes so store them in your freezer until just before you plan to serve.
  4. You can top them off with homemade coconut whipped cream for an airy, sweet, cool and creamy finish.  You can sprinkle lemon zest on top and garnish each bar with a fresh lemon slice just to make them look extra fancy.

Notes

* Place a can of full-fat coconut milk in your refrigerator 24 hours in advance of making this recipe.  When you open the can the solid white coconut cream will naturally float to the top of the can (leaving the coconut water at the bottom of the can).  Use a spoon to carefully separate the solid white coconut cream from the coconut water below it.  This recipe only uses the white coconut solid portion.  You can save the coconut water for smoothies.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven + Freezer

Keywords: vegan gluten-free lemon bars

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4 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Solomon

    Hi. These look so good! We don’t have coconut milk. Is there anything else that can be used instead?

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Thank you! Unfortunately, no. The canned full-fat coconut milk helps them stay solid and creamy and other plant-based milks don’t do that. I’m sorry! Are you allergic or do you just not have that ingredient on hand?

      Reply
  2. Cheleste Deveraux

    What would you use to substitute almond flour? Cassava?

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Good question… maybe!? I’m not sure as I haven’t tried this recipe with any other flours. Maybe you could try chickpea flour or oat flour as well? Or a mix? It is tough to say since each flour has a different density, flavor and texture when baked. They all absorb different amounts of liquid too which can impact the final results. If you do try using cassava flour or any other flour please let me know how it goes!

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