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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How is it possible that I didn't notice this recipe before? Have to make this! I know what to do tomorrow.

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Yay, Priscilla! I hope you enjoyed the lemon bars! :)

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Hi Laura-Jane,

can the almonds in this recipe be substituted with another nut such as cashews, hazelnut or walnuts?
I recently found out that i am reacting to almonds :(

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Hi Fatima, cashews would work with this recipe! :)

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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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