Overview

This raw lemon bar recipe is pretty easy to make, you just need to food process almost everything, mix recipe together with your hands, and then press it down into a pan with your hands. The toughest part of making raw lemon bars is getting the dates to process well, especially if your dates aren't fresh.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    1 hour 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Yield

    8 bars
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place almonds in food processor and process into a fine powder.
  • 2. Add dates, vanilla, lemon juice (if using fresh squeezed don't let any lemon seeds go into the recipe!) and lemon zest to food processor.
  • A note re: lemon zest: Lemon zest is simply lemon peel. If you don't have a fancy zester, just do what I do: use a clean carrot peeler and "peel" the lemon with your carrot peeler and throw the big chunky peels into the food processor for processing. Done!
  • 3. Process again until well mixed. Depending on how hard your dates are this could be a wild ride!
  • 4. Once everything seems pretty well processed thus far, set food processor lemon bar mixture aside for a moment.
  • 5. In a large mixing bowl, place your dried coconut and salt. Mix with a spoon to distribute sea salt.
  • 6. Now dump your food processor mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix everything together with your clean hands so that it's nicely combined and resembling a delicious lemon bar dough!
  • 7. Transfer your raw lemon bar dough into your final dish. I like to use a glass brownie dish. Now press the mixture down into the dish with your hands so that the mixture sticks together nicely.
  • 8. Ideally, you should refrigerate your raw lemon bars for about an hour so that they really stick together and are easy to cut.
  • 9. Enjoy your raw lemon bars! Their lemony coconut flavor goes really well with fresh or thawed strawberries. They should be stored in the refrigerator.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw lemon bars recipe... How do I love thee? Let me count the lemony-coconutty raw ways...

Before I went raw I used to love lemon bars made with lemon and coconut. Lemon bars are so sweet and flavorful and I used to eat them quite frequently as a sweet snack.

So when I went raw I knew I needed a substitute. Surprisingly, these raw lemon bars are easy to whip up and the taste is pretty similar to the lemon bar recipes that I remember from days of yore!

This raw lemon bar recipe is pretty easy to make, you just need to food process almost everything, mix recipe together with your hands, and then press it down into a pan with your hands. The toughest part of making raw lemon bars is getting the dates to process well, especially if your dates aren't fresh.

Tip: Be careful if doubling this raw lemon bar recipe. You might want to make two batches right after one another instead of making one huge batch because it can be tough to get everything to move well in the food processor.

Tip: If your dates are rock-hard try softening them by soaking them in warm water for half-an-hour, then squeezing almost all water out of them before using in this raw lemon bar recipe.

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, and Vitamin E.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, and Iron.

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Hi Doe, you could try half-coconut half hempseed hearts :)

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Hi. Do you use fresh or dried dates in your recipes. Thank you

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I too think it's the goods lol.  Your note made my day, Jen :)

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These are delicious.

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Thanks, Lars! :)

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Also, I'd like to add raw honey instead of the dates. Pls add new lemon bar recipe with flax meal and honey. Thanks!

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Hi Renee! Thanks for your suggestions. Often substitutions don't work well, so I don't recommend them, as in this recipe.

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I'm looking for sweet snack recipes using flax meal. How to do a search on this. Or where to substitute out another ingredient and what would be the measurement difference. I'd like to make these bars.

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Hi Renee! The search bar is at the top of the page. Or try http://therawtarian.com/search and plug in the keyword 'flax'.

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I JUST made these right now (into little balls instead) :) and they taste incredible! Thank you for creating such simple and tasty recipes!

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You're very welcome, Anna! Glad you like these!

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Ok, so I tried your trick with the lime zest, and ended up with biggish pieces. The dates could have processed better, but I stopped when it started balling up, instead of making sure the texture was good enough. So this batch is a little rough, but next time I'll know how to make it perfect. Also, I had no lemons, only limes, and the scent and taste is fantastic.
Thanks again for another great recipe.

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Next time for sure, Jeani! :)

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These were amazing! My husband, his friends and our family made fast work of them, so going to have to make another batch tomorrow :)

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You'll have to hide them next time, Lau!

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Love these lemon squares and have made them many times. Just made them again now with freshly grated ginger added to the recipe. So delish!

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Interesting addition, Ashley! :)

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Really like these, though there was too much salt for my taste buds, so I'll put in much less next time.

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Yes, do whatever works best for you!

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These are absolutely delicious. Have been making them for a year now..my husband is not a fan of sweets or pastry but he is obsessed with the raw lemon bars! Thanks for sharing!

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Men and lemon bars, lol. I'm glad you two love them!

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I made these as lime bars - I used 3 tahitian limes peeled as instructed and juiced. I just processed everything because I didn't feel like getting my hands sticky. I topped with coconut to give them a more stylish look since mine were more processed. Mixture tastes fantastic. OMG these are going to be so fantastic!!! Anything that uses up almond pulp (I make lots of almond milk and have tubs of one cups of the pulp in the freezer) is fabulous!!

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I wanna see a picture!! Sounds delicious.

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cut them this am and tasted the off cuts - yum!! Will try and remember to take a pic tonight before the extended family gobble them up. Also made some chocolate peaunut butter bars from "wholefood simply" without even washing the food processor....have a selection to serve up from both your sites tonight including 2 citrus based and 2 chocolate based....and a fruit platter.....dessert sorted. I made my special burgers (nut / tofu / beans / lentils / veg / oats etc) and vegan buns (wholemeal) for mains and for entree we have babaganoush and carrot tahini dip with crudites.....hope my family are hungry!!!

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You've been a busy girl!! Nice work Rachel :)

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Here was the slice platter. Yummy!!! Everyone loved them.

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Oh, I wish I had that plate in front of me RIGHT NOW! Great job, Rach!

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Tried these the other day and they were AMAZING! Have to admit I didn't have enough dates so I used one third dates, one third rasins and one third cherries and they were lush. They'll be a staple in this house!

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Nice tweaks Katie! Yum.

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Love these! First time I've made them and think they'll be a regular in our house. I'm even thinking lemon balls rolled in coconut... Yum :)

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Michelle, glad the lemon bars met with your approval!

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These bars look amazing ! Can I freeze them ?

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I haven't frozen them myself, but I think they'd be totally fine frozen. Just probably want to thaw for at least 20-30 minutes before eating again.

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thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe ! this was my first Raw recipe i have ever tried and i loved it ..

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Hi Hannah, Those look awesome :)

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thankyou :)

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:)

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Mmmmm... Lemony goodness!!!

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Precisely Katie lol! <3

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I just made this for the first time and couldn't wait for it to set. I had to put a little of it aside to eat right away. Simple and quick to make! Thank you.

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So glad you enjoyed these little lemon gems!

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I just finished making these. My dinky food processor had a hard time with them and took a while (I'm getting a new one in a week or two), but they are amazing! Really great balanced flavor and simple to make. These will make an awesome take-along snack for long days in nursing school! Thanks!

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LOL, good news you're getting a better food processor then, so you can make more lemon bars! :)

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Can you substitute anything for almonds? I am overloaded with a mistaken double order of cashews from the supermarket

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Hi Annie, yes cashews instead of almonds would work well in this recipe

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Love these!!! Thank you!!!

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You're welcome, Yana! :)

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These bars are amazing! We love them because they are really sweet yet still light and refreshing. A little bit is very satisfying. Have shared these with many people and all have loved them. Am thinking about putting a few in dehydrator next time to see how that works...

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Thanks, Rebecca, these bars are proving to be popular!

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I just made these and they are SO good!!! And I don't even like coconut! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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Lol Alynnsellner - glad you enjoyed them -- even as a non-coconut fan :)

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I made these quite thin and dehydrated them and they are great. Thanks

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Yum Jacqui!

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John Montalto's Review

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Came out pretty well (despite having only a Vitamix. no food processor yet!) I made them into balls (easier to store). I think next time I will use a bit of grated giner to give them an extra zing.

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Hi John, Ginger is a nice idea for an addition. I just made some of these over the weekend again (and updated the pictures). Lucky they turned out in the VM! Food processor would be easier, but I hear you re: not having one. It's hard to get all the equipment at first

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Hi, Could you use Almond flour instead of processing almonds into a paste? If so, how much?
THank you! Your recipes are always amazing!

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Hi Shelle, yes, definitely you can use almond flour instead - 1 to 1 ratio, so just use the same amount

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These are delicious ! They are best bars I have tried yet :)

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Hi Mariane,

So glad you are enjoying them. I've got a batch in my fridge right now! #Yum lemony-goodness :)

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SoCalMum's Review

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Made these today but substituted lime as I had no lemons. I also discovered after watching the video, that I 'blitzed' the mixture too much and made a paste rather than having left it a little more chunky. Having said that, my kids scoffed them in a heartbeat and I had to wrangle one away from them to have with a cup of tea. Love, love, love!

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Hi Titania Blitzing still tastes yummy I am sure :)

Happy wrangling ;)

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I just made these but rolled them into little balls instead of making bars as I didn't have a tray small enough. They are in the fridge to firm up but the one I tested before popping them in the fridge was delicious. My new favourite snack when I'm looking for something sweet :) thank you!

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Nice idea to make little lemon coconut balls Emily!

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I LOVE these bars!!! I cut them into very small one bit sizes and popped them in the freezer and just get one out when I need a little *something* :)

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Lone, you have good taste.

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I've made orange bars instead of lemon bars. They are a nice option too, although not quite as good as the lemon, mind.

Happy nibbling!

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Darinka Farrow's Review

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THAT IS ONE RAWSOME RAW LEMON BAR, ALL THIS TIME I'VE BEEN PAYING FOR RAW RECIPES BOOKS GETTING NOWHERE FAST AND AT LAST I FOUND THE PERFECT PAGE (BLOG) FOR ALL SORTS OF RECIPES. THAN YOU AND GOD BLESS, FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU INSPIRE PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO WANT TO LOOK AFTER THEIR HEALTH WITH RAW FOOD DIET

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xoxxox Darinka! Your words make my day. :)

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can the almonds be substituted? I have a nut allergy. thanks! :)

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Hi ViViG!  If you are able to eat seeds then you could use sunflower seeds instead of the almonds :)

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Maila's Review

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LOVE! I made these after finding your website through a friend's FB post. I am not a vegetarian, but I like plenty of vegetarian/vegan/raw things and since my son seems to have developed allergies that made me try going gluten free with him and I have a lemon tree in my backyard, I whipped these up. I love them, my son loves them, my mom and neighbor and her teenage son all love them! I'll be making them again tomorrow, second time in 2 weeks, because so many other people need to try them and I'm craving another raw lemon bar! Oh yeah, and the chocolate mousse is setting up in my fridge right now, so I'll review that one later. The part I licked off the spatula was delicious, and that was "seconded" by my 6 year-old son. Thank you for these great ideas!

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Jealous of your lemon tree Maila! Raw food definitely has lots of lovely options for allergy sufferers. Although hopefully he's not allergic to nuts :)

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Recently transitioning from vegetarian to vegan, and incorporating more raw meals. I would love to make this dessert! I have a brand new Vitamix (yay!), but no food processor. Is it possible to use the Vitamix to make this recipe, or to make raw nut crusts for other recipes (i.e. your cheesecake)? Would I use the "wet" or "dry" blade. I don't see much info on this in the Vitamix material that came with the blender. Thanks for your help and the inspiration!!!!

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Hi Susan! Short answer, no, don't make this in your VM - it won't work. Basically, Vitamix blender is for SMOOTH, LIQUIDY stuff. And food processor is for dry, chunky stuff.

 

Not sure what your budget is, but if you're cheap like me here's what I recommen. Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

I tend to recommend that all raw foodies get: (1) an AWESOME blender (vitamix); and (2) a cheap food processor

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I love love love these lemon slices (almost as much as the raw chocolate brownies!). Can you recommend a decent blender/food processor? Mine just very nearly blew up! Thanks :))

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Glad you like the lemon bars!

Not sure what your budget is, but if you're cheap like me here's what I recommen for a FP. Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

As for blender, I say go big or go home. There is nothing like the vitamix. It is $$$$$ but SO worth it: http://tinyurl.com/b8a967w

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Would you please provide the nutrition values for this raw lemon bar?
thank you.

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Hi Glo, sorry but I do not provide nutritional info

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These are great!!!! A nice lemony tang and not too sweet. Thanks for a great recipe!!

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My pleasure Tracey!! I haven't made these in ages. My tastebuds are squealing just remembering what these taste like lol

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I'm pregnant and having a really hard time getting anything nutritious in me. I just whipped this up and stuck it in the fridge - can't wait to try it out. Maybe next time I will try hiding some green veggies in there! (Green veggies are the ultimate gross to me right now!). Thanks for an easy and healthy recipe.

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Hi JB, Hope you liked it once it was out of the fridge :) Green smoothies are a great way to get your greens without tasting greens :) spinach is the best for not tasting "green" when mixed in other recipes

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Love this! I have tried the raw brownies several times and can't wait to try these. Shared this site with my dad (who just switched to a plant based diet) and he has been calling me nonstop about each of the recipes he's tried. Thanks!

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Hi Kelsey, your dad rocks!

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Hi. Do you use fresh or dried dates in your recipes. Thank you

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Hi Bronwyn, fresh is best, but to be honest I used dried quite a bit because they are way cheaper and I always keep them around in the back of my pantry :)  In ALL of my recipes dried dates will TOTALLY work, but fresh will be even better.

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Michelle Camarillo's Review

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So I made these bars a few days ago when we had some guests over for dinner, and decided to be adventurous and spread the top with a thick layer of your raw cream cheese icing before chilling, just to see how the flavor combinations would turn out.

To sum up my guest's reactions: they were completely blown away, and so was I! The creaminess of the icing was absolutely PERFECT on top of the tangy lemon-ness of the bars, and I will definitely be making the recipe again once I pick up some more cashews from the grocery store!

Thank you so much for this recipe, Laura-Jane!

~Michelle

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BRILLIANT Michelle!!

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These are amazing!! I too rolled them into balls then rolled in extra desiccated coconut. Husband and kids Iove them. That's 3 from 3 so far from your recipes, slowly making my way through, such a happy and tasty journey..

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Hi Kristina, Hopefully we can make it 4 for 4!! What's next on your list?

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These are amazing! I am always looking for recipes that my partner will love too! I rolled them into balls so they were easier to put in little containers for when I am on the go!

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Hi Jennifer, lemon balls - yum! Bet they were sticky but deelish!

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I made these and they are yummy, but I should have used less salt, and I didn't even use the full 3/4 t. I needed to add more sweet and lemon to bring the sweetness and lemon back out. I used real salt because my celtic sea salt is in chunks...I guess I should have thrown it in the processor. Next time! = )

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Hi Joelle, definitely next time use sea salt. The flavors are really different. :)

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I don't like coconut- is there something I can substitute?

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Hi Corrine, not really, in this recipe it's all about the coconut.... So I suggest trying a different recipe instead :)

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Dried coconut. Is that different to dessicated coconut?

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Hi Emily, they are the same :)

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Holy Moly! Amazing! Just stumbled upon this recipe and it's the goods! Just recently started trying to eat more raw vegan and organic, with recipes like this it'll be hard to eat cooked food again! I will be coming on here for most of my recipes, so thank you SO SO SO SO much for taking the time to do this for people, You're raw-esome!! :)

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I too think it's the goods lol.  Your note made my day, Jen :)

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Yummy lemon bars! Everyone loved them, but for me I prefer less coconut. Next time I am thinking of putting in 3/4 C instead of 1 1/4. Any suggestions own what to replace it with?

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Hi Doe, you could try half-coconut half hempseed hearts :)

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Do you think these would work using half pulp instead of so much nuts?
They sound delicious.

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Hi Kaity, if you mean dry-ish almond bulp then yes, that would be fine. Hope this helps!

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These lemon bars are amazing! So delicious! I gave my friend some and she was so amazed to think that something raw could taste that good. This recipe is very easy to make and not time consuming at all. What is time consuming is the cleaning up after but it's definitely worth it!

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Hi Martha, so glad you are spreading the raw lemon bar love with friends :) that is very generous of you.

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I forgot to mention I reduced the salt by 1/2, everyone including grand kids loved them.

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Thanks for sharing your modification Elke!

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These were delicious, next time I will use a little more lemon juice and zest. I rolled them into little balls, they make a beautiful presentation.
Thanks

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Glad you enjoyed the recipe Elke!

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I just want to thank you for your website and access to the recipes. I bought a food processor and have now tried three recipes from your site.. Absolutely blown away by how tasty everything was. My neighbors have been my guinea pigs and love the food as well. Xo

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Hi Tamara, your neighbours are lucky :) Glad you are enjoying the recipes Tamara. I am glad to have you here :)

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I make this a lot now. I add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, diced apricots and raisins. So yummy. Thank you for sharing!

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Hi Mary, so glad you liked! Nice substitutions.

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I just made them and they are wonderful. I would love to see the nutritional facts on them,nevertheless less, they Rock.

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Hi Tony, glad you enjoyed! Sorry, no nutritional info provided.

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Haha that sums it up Colleen :)

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These are the bomb!! Could literally eat the mixture right out the food processor! Beautiful :)

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So glad you are enjoying these Sandy :)

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It's really delicious! I didn't have dates on hand but had a huge bag of organic sundried mission figs so I used these instead. Also used Meyer lemon. DELISH!!!

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Hi Dodi! mmm figs - nice alternative!

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Don't you soak the almonds first?

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Hi Dodi, I don't soak my nuts unless it clearly states to do so :)

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I just came across your site this morning, and I couldn't stop thinking abut these lemon square all day, so I had to run out to the grocery store just for the dates! This recipe is amazing!! I cannot believe how easy and delicious these bars are! I decreased the shredded coconut to about 3/4 cups since I'm not a huge coconut fan and it was just the right amount for me! Will definitely be trying your other recipes too! Do you have the nutritional info listed anywhere?

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Hi Nancy, glad they worked out well for you! No, sorry, I do not provide nutritional info.

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Another successful recipie. Well done. So yum!

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Hi Tracy, so glad you enjoyed this one. I like it too. I keep meaning to try it with orange, but I haven't done so yet!

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Am loving these raw lemon bars absolutely delicious. Feel good about my 3yr old grandson eating them too as all good ingredients for him to enjoy. Am aiming in the new year to try and include lots more raw foods in my diet. I find the recipes you come up with great and most of them simple haven't a dehydrator so don't attempt those ones. Thanks.

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Tricia, your grandson is lucky to you and your raw goodies :)

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I tried this recipe with seeds as suggested by Ren. They were sticky, full flavored, and delicious. I will definitely be making these again. They got rave reviews in my house. I will probably serve them with yogurt next time. Makes a great topping.

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Hi Theresa, I am so glad you enjoyed them and that you got rave reviews at home! I call that a success :)

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Can you just use almond meal in place of the almonds?

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Hi Erin, yes dry almod meal (aka ground almonds) would work fine in this recipe instead of the whole almonds

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I LOVED these! I used lime because it is my hubby's favorite. So DELICIOUS and rich . Thank you for sharing your goodness - I am thankful.

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Your hubby is a lucky hubby :) Glad you liked Jayne!

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Love these! You can't beat them for flavor AND texture. Making some to add to a "raw" treat basket for my in laws. Thanks for the great recipes. :)

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So funny..I'm a different Jennifer and I love the texture. :)

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<3 Jennifers :)

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I made these last night, and they are DELICIOUS!! However, they seem a little soft and sticky, not really something I could throw in my lunchbox and bring to work. Any ideas on whether they could be dehydrated a bit in order to make them more travel-triendly?

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Hi Jennifer, I am racking my brain but all I can think of is that they are sticky. And yummy! Maybe you could roll a sticky ball in more coconut (kinda like rolling a truffle in cocoa powder), and that way there'd at least be dry layer on the edges :)

You could definitely try dehydrating as well

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Thanks so much - they're so yummy that the stickiness really didn't end up being as much of a problem as I thought it would be. Thanks for another great recipe!!

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Hi Laura-Jane, just to let you know that I made these mine turned out crumbly I think I overdid it with the coconut as they were really coconutty. They tasted devine.
Your recipes should come with a warning (SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE) as I can't get enough.
I am making your recipes now on a weekly basis. First it was the choc brownies made them twice already now these lemon bars omg i need to lose weight it is proving difficult as these recipes are soo good. Glad to have found you thou.

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Haha Uzzy you are too cute! Mine don't normally turn out too crumbly, but it might have been because your coconut was abnormally dry. Next time, if you have any, you could add a TINY bit of coconut oil if it happens again. (But most other people should not need to do that because the recipe is generally fine as written)

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If I were to use raw almond flour instead of putting 1 cup of whole almonds in a food processor, how much would I use?

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Hi Elizabeth, I would use a 1:1 ratio, which means... use the same amount as called for :)

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I tried these at a local raw food place and they are amazing. These are literally on my top ten of tastiest foods ever. I just made a batch for thanksgiving. It is the first raw food bar recipe I have tried. I am so excited to hear about your app because it is alleviating my intimidation of all things raw.

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Hi! I am so glad you are enjoying the app. I love these lemon bars too - they taste just like the real thing :) Congrats on your most recent little one :)

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What calorie content do you think would be in these gorg raw lemon bars of yours? I know it's all good content ie nuts, dates, coconut but do wonder calorie per bar? Love your work by the way, amazing! Megs :-)

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Hi Megs! Probably pretty high in calorie, but am not sure since I don't calculate them nor do I think too much in terms of cals. But they are nice and sweet and dense so a small square does the trick!

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I made these this morning - and they are delicious, and oh-so-easy to make. I have made quite a few of your recipes now - the instructions are really clear, and results are always perfect. Thanks so very much.

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Thank you for your kind words Michelle! Your comment is exactly what I strive for. I want the recipes on this website to be easy, no fail ones :)

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These are fabulous!

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Glad you liked, April!

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I'm dabbling with raw recipes and I'm unsure about the whole soaking nuts. Do you specify when the nuts should be soaked for your recipes?

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Yes, I do specify in all of my recipes.

Basically, if I don't mention soaking then you don't have to do it.

If I specifically say soak - then do it.

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these are great! thank you!

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You're welcome Michael

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Mmmm just made my batch, I rolled them into balls instead of making bars. They are sooo delicious. Can't wait to try them after they've been in refrigerator. I'm watching the clock. I think I'll wanna make them again for coworkers and a bake sale that's coming up.... Thank you so much!

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My pleasure Carla

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I am on day 2 of this raw cleanse, and its been fine not difficult like I first imagined. But I love to cook and was getting bored with not cooking, I stumbled upon this recipe and I am trying it out right now. I'm using dried mission figs instead of dates (just what I have on hand). Smells great, can't wait to try it. Thank you for the recipe!

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Dried figs should work instead of dates

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Omg I am speechless. I cannot tell you how delicious this is! I added flax and chia and ate it as a post workout snack, I might eat the entire thing!!! AMAZING

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:)

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I made these tonight, oh wow, they are SO nice! I admit, I haven't made a properly 'Raw' bar as I had to compromise a bit on ingredients (but organic counts for something, right?!) but they are still VERY tasty and extremely moreish. Yum! I'm looking forward to trying a few more recipes :)

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Hi there...just found your site while searching for Raw Bar recipes for my boyfriend and his workouts...One question...are the almonds soaked overnight and then used in this recipe? or are they used straight from the package.
Looking forward to checking out all your recipes and trying them out on myself and my Meat-Eater boyfriend.
Warmest regards, Lizzy

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straight from package (not soaked)

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Laura Jane, You are a Genius!!! My daughter and I begin our raw food lifestyle last week. So far, we've made the following; green, orange and chocolate smoothies, Alfredo with kelp noodles, tomato soup (twice), lemon bars, brownies, oatmeal, cereal, cashew milk and coconut milks. We've had Aton of fun and enjoyed everything! Thank you Soooo much for sharing your time, efforts and creativity. Thank you for truly giving us hope in becoming successful raw foodies!!! If your ears have been burning lately it's because we delightfully speak of you while we are cooking!!! Much love Tina & Tamara

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Wow, you two have been busy!

xox Tina and Tamara! Love to think of you two giggling and chatting in the kitchen

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I have just recently moved towards eating more raw food and I found this recipe very easy and super delicious, thank you. I can't wait to try the brownie recipe :)

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this is a good one. Browniies are to die for. Do try if you haven't already :)

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I made these Lemon Bars and they were Outstanding! I am not much on sweets, but these were fabulous. Not too sweet and the perfect texture and consistency. Thank you for sharing.

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so glad you liked them Sherry

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Hello Laura-Jane,

Just tried your lemon bars and fell in love with them. The taste is amazing and consistency is perfect. Actually, I already cut it all out and wrapped each piece individually for a go-to little treat when I'm on the go. :)

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Great idea to pack them up individually, They would travel very well I'll bet.

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Just found your website and LOVE it. I've shared your link on my yoga studio website :-) I made these lemon bars and they are delicious. However, your picture looks like they are about 1/2 to an inch thick and mine are really really thin. I used a 9x6 brownie pan. Should I make two batches in order to make them thicker? Or would that not be a good idea.

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I did not double the batch, I just used a smaller pan. :)

the only prob with doubling the recipe is that it might be hard to process so if u plan on doubling make one batch and then another batch right away

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YUMMMM - I just made these tasted the mixture before putting them in the fridge and look forward to having them for morning tea!!

I used Flaxseed, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds and Almonds....and instead of dates - I used pitted prunes. Seemed very smooth.

THANK YOU for sharing your recipe...

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It's my pleasure Trackers. Love your prune sub. I am loving prunes lately myself - I just got into them a few months ago. They taste like grape candy to me :)

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PRUNES are yum....I like cooking them in water, with a cinnamon stick, a slice of lemon for about 15 minutes. Then we keep them in the fridge and eat them with plain yogurt for dessert!

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I think these bars are amazing! Really really good and would recommend them to everybody. I put the recipe on my website blog with your link so hopefully more people will discover your great site. I also made them with orange yesterday and the were great too x

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Love the idea of orange bars - yum! Thanks for sharing :)  Great blog, BTW!

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I can't wait to give these a try :-) How long do these keep (supposing they won't be eaten in one go ;))? Do you recommend refrigerating/freezing?

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I have never had them last very long. I keep them in the fridge. I have never frozen them. I think they would be okay in freezer though.

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I LOVE these lemon bars. I have made them three times now and my family loves them. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!

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Glad you liked it and also glad you had some success with carrot cake too! :) How come I can't leave a comment on your blog?

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Hey - sounds yumm, have you thought of putting a frosting / icing on top. That is the best part of lemon bars I think, the tangy, sweet, sticky topping

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Mmm I like this idea, hadn't thought about it. I bet you could make a really good one either:

1. Fresh squeezed lemon juice and some lemon rind blended together - plus adding some agave nectar or dates - color would be off but would taste good I bet

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2. A creamy topping of some kind

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I just made these and had to sample the goods before putting them in the fridge. These are awesome!! So easy and lemon yummy! I recently came across your site and I am so glad I did. Love it. :)

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Hi Barb! Glad you like

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Wow, these are so delicious! Hard to believe they are actually good for you!
I made them according to the recipe ...and will try them next time with raisins and some of the other suggestions above. THANKS, I love your site. I haven't hit a bad recipe yet.
I also like that you have the "no dehydrator required" recipes separated!

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:)

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hi Laura-Jane,
Tried this one yesterday; tho I don't have a food processer yet so used almond meal and tried blending dates which didn't work! My stick blender worked better after dates had been soaked. I also used dissecated coconut - is that raw? I rolled them into truffle balls instead of bars.
I think they are yummy but haven't convinced fussy kids yet!

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Blender is best for smooth wet stuff and food processor is for drier, harder recipes.

Hopefully you can save up for a food processor - so worth it, and you don't have to get a very good one. $50USD can get you one -- not sure what that converts to where you are! :)

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thanks Laura-Jane...I am in New Zealand. Am investigating getting a food processer...will just wait till christmas craziness is over.

Do you know if dessicated coconut is raw?

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Unsweetened dessicated coconut (AKA dried coconut) could be raw or not depending on where you buy it and how it was dried.

Most dessicated coconut that you can buy at your grocery store would not be considered truly raw since it was probably heated about 105 degrees and thus not considered raw.

However, I am a raw foodist who is practical some times. I use dessicated coconut that is not sweetened even though it might not be technically "raw" (neither are cashews either). It's up to you where you want to draw the line (and how much $ you want to spend as truly raw foods are much more expensive in most cases).

Hope that helps!

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I used this recipe as a base to create a carrot cake bar. I changed the ingredients to: 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts, 3/4 cup soft dates, 3/4 cups soft raisins, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp ground golden flax seed, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, splash of lemon juice, 2 inch chunk of fresh pineapple, 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot (I patted it after grating to remove some of the liquid), and 3/4 tsp sea salt. I used Laura-Jane's method to mix the bars and they were super-delicious! I am so inspired by this lemon bar recipe that I am going to try to recreate some of my other favorite desserts this way too!

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This sounds awesome Miriam!!

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Can the coconut be sweetened or is it supposed to be unsweetened?

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It's supposed to be unsweetened (but if all you have is sweetened then you CAN use it but it won't be raw)

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hi. im new here, thanks for the site. is there anything that i can substitute for the coconut (for both this recipe and your lemon cookie recipe)? i appreciate any help that you can offer. thanks.

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How come, are you allergic to coconut?

I don't think there is anything you can sub in the raw lemon bars recipe. Coconut is integral in this one.

However, for the lemon cookies you can probably substitute for less coconut and more cashews in equal parts.

Good luck

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I am allergic to coconut. For substituting coconut flakes--any suggestions?

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Hi Jessica, sorry, this recipe is all about the coconut so best to use a different recipe completely. Sorry about that!

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We all loved these and I will definitely make them again. I poured boiling water over the dates and soaked them for a few hours. I drained them quite well but perhaps this made the batter stickier than it might have been otherwise. Regardless they are a wonderful sweet treat minus the guilt! My dh was surprised to hear there was no sugar added and the kids loved them too. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, you are my inspiration to better eating for my whole family!

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Hi Miriam, I am so glad you liked it and that your DH enjoyed it too,

I don't know about you, but I think the stickier the batter the better!

I am glad to be an inspiration for better eating for your whole family. That is the highest compliment you could give :)

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I found your website a few days ago :) And this was the first recipe I have tried (and actually followed exactly!) They are wonderful! My husband has just enjoyed his first taste and is impressed and happy for me to spend more time in the kitchen!

Your recipes sound great, nicely explained and easy to make. Thank you for taking the time to share. Having only yesterday ungraded to a high speed blender (not a Vitamix as they are very difficult to come by where I live) I am super excited about the possibilities that await. I will definitely be making more of your recipes especially as I also invested in a food processor so I am literally dreaming of what foods I can create!

Your website has helped to inspire me with the phase that I am in at the moment. Thank you! You will be hearing from me again!

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I know EXACTLY what you mean by "literally dreaming" of adventures in food. :o) Food excites me! The thought of breakfast often keeps me up at night.

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Love it Lara!

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Hi Cara,

:) Thank you for your kind words.

Congrats on your HS blender and food processor!

Please keep me posted on which recipes you try, and which turn out GREAT and which ones you didn't like, too :)

Also, I always love to hear what husband's think :)

Warmth
Laura-Jane

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This looks like an excellent energy bar! I'm going to try it with brazil nuts instead of almonds, my taste buds tell me to do so and I love my dose of selenium.

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I made the lemon bars with 3/4 c sunflower seeds, 1/8 c sesame seeds, and 1/8 c flaxseed instead of the almonds and they turned out excellent! Might be a good option if folks are allergic to tree nuts. I'll keep playing with variations.

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Nice substitutions! I love making substitutions like that, especially if it means that I can make something ASAP rather than having to run to the grocery store. :) Thanks for sharing your tweaks, Ren. :)

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Always gotta listen to the tastebuds. They lead us to yummy places!

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Just made these this afternoon! Love that you've been adding more and more recipes! These were a huge hit with my family. Not too sweet and a great lemony-coconut flavor! Thanks!!

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Hi Court, I am so glad they worked out well for you :)

Thanks for coming back and letting me know. I like to know what you guys think!

And thanks for noticing that I've been posting more lately. I am trying to post a new recipe every monday, although I don't want to commit to that too officially because I go in fits and spurts :)

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Is there anything else possible to use other than ... dates?
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My roommate made this but she used figs and its GOOD!!

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Yum! You chose a good roommate Monika :)

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Hi! Yes, definitely. You could try raisins. You could also try apricots--if you use apricots you'll need to add a little extra sweetener--like honey or agave or something.

Good luck!

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