Spring is here and it's time for refreshing and fruity desserts...don't worry, I will still include some chocolate! Lemon Bars have been on my never ending list of goodies to try to recreate. We had a family dinner this past weekend and lemon bars were the birthday girl's favorite dessert, so the time had come!! Let me add that she is not grain free and absolutely loved these and said they taste like the real thing. The best part is that I used Swerve, (my favorite natural sugar alternative) so they were very low sugar as well!!!
Grain Free Lemon Bars
- 1 1/2 cups Honeyville almond flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve to make it a no sugar treat)
- 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened* (let sit out for a few hours until mushy)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3 pastured eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve)
- 4 tbsp lemon juice (2 small lemons)
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest (1 lemon)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. A mixer should work as well.
- Press the dough into a greased 8×8 baking dish
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden
- Remove from heat and let cool quite a bit to set up.
- Heat the oven back to 350 and make sure it’s ready before you start mixing the ingredients. The baking powder will be affected if you wait to bake these.
- Place all ingredients EXCEPT the baking powder in a food processor and combine. A mixer will work, but lemon zest will not be ground down and unnoticeable in bars.
- Add in the baking powder and pulse one last time
- Pour the filling over the crust and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes until crust is set. It shouldn’t get brown, it will feel stiff to touch.
- Sift powdered sweetener over the top. This is optional and I don’t feel these need it. I used confectioner Swerve on a few bars only for photo purposes.
- Store in the refrigerator until serving. I prefer these chilled!
*Coconut oil that is softened should work fine as a substitution to the butter. I would use expellor pressed so there is no coconut tones! I love Tropical Traditions Oil!
Not a lemon person? Substitute the lemon juice and zest for lime.
Have you been wanting to try Swerve? It is making its way to Whole FoodsStores, but you can order online and use coupon code KATE10 for a 10% discount!!