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Healthy Lemon Bars

Healthy Lemon Bars are the perfect lighter dessert. Paleo, gluten free, grain free and sweetened with maple syrup - they're delicious and easy to make! These gluten free lemon bars are made with coconut flour and have the perfect creamy filling and decadent crust.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free lemon bars, grain free lemon bars, healthy lemon bars, paleo lemon bars
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 9 bars
Calories 205kcal
9
WW Freestyle Points 9

Ingredients

Crust:

Filling:

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing cup or bowl mix together the maple syrup, vanilla, ghee, and egg. Make sure the ghee is cooled so you don’t scramble the egg.
  • In a bowl add the coconut flour, tapioca flour and lemon zest. Stream in the liquids as you mix up the flour with a fork. At first it will seem too wet, but keep mixing, because coconut flour soaks up liquid as it sets.
  • You will have something that resembles a dough when you’re finished mixing and it comes together.
  • Press the dough into an 8x8 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment.
  • Give the dough a few pricks with a fork, but DO NOT go the entire way through it. Just a couple.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. It should just look set when you bake it and have maybe a little bit of a golden edge. If the dough puffed at all just give it a little prick with your fork to deflate.
  • While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs, zest, maple syrup, lemon juice and tapioca flour until it’s perfectly smooth.
  • When the crust is done baking pour the filling immediately into it. Do not wait for it to cool.
  • Carefully transfer it to the oven and turn the oven down to 325 degrees. Bake 14-16 minutes.
  • Watch the bars closely as you want to remove them when they’re just set. Pull the bars out and allow them to cool completely before transferring to the fridge for 90 minutes. Cut and serve with whipped topping or powdered sugar (not paleo, but delicious and traditional).

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Notes

Substitutions for Healthy Lemon Bars
You guys know we love to provide you with substitutions for recipes, but sadly - this just isn't one where you can make substitutions. If you make these bars as is you'll wind up with perfect gluten free, paleo, healthier lemon bars. 
Baking pan: This recipe was tested in both glass and metal baking dishes. Metal conducts heat far better than glass so it got done quicker. You’ll also notice some cracking if you bake it past the just set stage. This is fine and doesn’t affect the flavor at all.
Lemon: You can swap the lemon for lime in this recipe for key lime pie bars. We do not recommend using jarred lemon juice. Use fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Flour: I don’t recommend other flours for the crust, especially almond flour. The crust is a tried and true formula of coconut flour and tapioca. The tapioca provides a binder along with the egg.
Eggs: You can't substitute eggs in this recipe. They are essential for the taste and texture of lemon bars. If you need an egg free lemon bar - check out this Vegan Lemon Bar Recipe
Ghee: Ghee was used for flavor. Coconut oil is just too oily. We don't recommend coconut oil for a swap for two reasons -you just don’t get that cookie flavor if you use it, and it also is really greasy. Grass fed butter, regular butter (if not paleo) are all fine subs for the ghee. 
Coconut Sugar: is not recommended for this recipe. It just doesn’t melt down like liquid sugars or regular sugar. We tried it.. and I promise you, it doesn't taste good.
Maple SyrupWe haven't tried substituting maple syrup for honey, but I think it might work. I can't be sure without testing it!
Doubling the recipe: I haven't tried doubling this recipe but I'm sure it would work in a 9x13 pan.

 

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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