I’ve baked and cooked for my share of picky eaters, but I have never known anyone to turn down a lemon bar. A delicate dessert filled with homemade goodness, lemon bars are an instant favorite. Light, sunny and sweet, these classic lemon bars are a delicious treat for all seasons.
When I was a kid, baking was one of my favorite pastimes. It was one of my favorite activities for weekends and free time. Between trying out new recipes and making a delicious treat (and, let’s face it, sampling some batter along the way), it was a fun and productive way to spend a day. Or at least a good enough way for my parents to get me out of their hair for an hour or two.
Summer was always one of my favorite times to bake, because that was when I had the most down time. Even soaring temperatures outside didn’t stop me from firing up the oven for a batch of cookies or brownies.
Unfortunately, I often felt like summer had the least to offer in terms of seasonal baking and desserts. (Although this roundup of essential summer desserts may disagree.) The trademark dessert of the season is ice cream. I couldn’t exactly bake that. Never a huge fan of blueberries, summer fruit pies and tarts weren’t really a high priority for me either.
And that’s when I discovered lemon bars. Light, bright, and delicious, lemon bars are a fun and easy dessert perfect for summer. These bars are sweet, lemony, and look like little squares of summer sunshine.
Quick and easy, classic lemon bars are basically a simpler lemon meringue pie. They have all the sweet lemony flavor and elegant, summery presentation of the classic pie, but take much less time and effort. (If you’re craving lemon meringue pie though, try these Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits for a healthy twist on the original!)
Of course, the best part about lemon bars is they aren’t specific to any one season or holiday. They may burst with flavor and bright summery color, but these delicious treats are perfect for all occasions, year round. Their bright, cheery color make them ideal for Easter and birthdays, while their elegant presentation makes a great addition to a dessert bar at a baby or bridal shower.
That said, there’s no reason you have to wait to for a special occasion to make these lemon bars. This recipe is so simple, you can whip these lemon bars up in a flash whenever you’re in the mood for a sweet treat.
This recipe is a slight variation on the classic lemon bars you know and love. But don’t worry, they are every bit as delicious. This recipe just substitutes traditional baking ingredients for clean versions, like coconut and almond flour in place of white, as well as coconut sugar and butter. These simple substitutions keep these lemon bars clean, light, and just as delicious.
And there you have it, easy, classic lemon bars that are clean and tasty. Sweet enough to satisfy but light enough to keep you on track, these sweets are perfect year round. Make them for holidays, bake sales, or anytime you’re craving a sweet treat!
If you like these classic lemon bars, try out this slow cooker version for a fun twist!
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories: 276 | Total Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 33mg | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Protein: 7g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons coconut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 2/3 cups lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Using your hands, mix all ingredients together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Whisk all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Pour over the cooled crust. Gently tap the pan so any bubbles rise to the surface and pop each bubble with a tooth pick. Removing the bubbles will make the baked lemon bars smooth and creamy!
- Bake for 10 to 20 minutes or until the filling is set and firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing and serving.