Recipe 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.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 66 out of 100
  • 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.

Amounts per 65 g (2 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 268 11 %
Protein 5 g 9 %
Fat 17 g 21 %
Carbohydrates 28 g 8 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 20 %
Sugars 20 g
Calcium 63 mg 6 %
Iron 1.4 mg 10 %
Sodium 224 mg 10 %
Source: USDA, The Rawtarian

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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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andreaf3847's Review

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I just found your site yesterday and became an instant fan and subscriber. I have made these and the brownies with the icing already...WOW!!!! You are my new best friend..Thank you so much for an awesome site and recipes...Bless!

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This recipe is a keeper!

It's so easy and so versatile. A stunning Sunday lunch dessert dressed up with strawberries and dusted with icing sugar. Or an everyday treat that can be stored in the fridge and chopped into blocks.

A healthy and nutritious substitute for a brownie or fudge.

TRY using a larger lemon if you like a stronger lemony flavour.

TIP: softening the dates in the microwave helps the food processor cope better, otherwise dates can be quite hard on your machine.

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Excellent tips, Time Has Come! I'm so glad you liked them :)

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leslief's Review

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These lemon bars are a big hit with my family. Thanks so much.

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I'm so glad your family enjoyed them, Leslie :)

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Tina Lashley's Review

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I made this yesterday. OM GEE!!!! THey are absolutely delicious. They will definitely be a regular for me. THANK YOU!

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Lol - so glad you liked Tina!!

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Stephanie S's Review

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These were so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Much healthier than the lemon curd bars, yet they taste exactly the same! They were a huge hit!

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Hi Stephanie! So glad these bars were a hit for you :) Family?

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They were for some friends and I also brought to a wellness event (I'm a wellness and life coach). I gave everyone your weblink. Rave reviews all around!

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Love it!!

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I always soak my nuts, but if you did, they would not turn to dust. Could you use almond or coconut flour?

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Hi Kathy! No, I wouldn't recommend almond or coconut flour unless you made it yourself and didn't remove any of the oils. (in my experience, store bought coconut flour has been greatly reduced in fat). T. This recipe needs the oils. :)

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dust....I meant powder...doh!

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:)

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Ronna's Review

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So yummy! One question; should I cover them with a plastic wrap or refrigerate uncovered? These are the things that always confuse me - ha! They're in the refrigerator now, uncovered. Love your recipes. Just love them! Thank you :)

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Hi Ronna! I always cover my food in the fridge! :)

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Kelda's Review

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So there I was thinking that the chocolate truffles were the best thing ever. They have been knocked into second place by these babies! <3
I am very pleased I soaked my dates and I put the juice of the whole lemon in too- and it turned out just the right consistency- sticky and smooth(ish).
Thanks again for helping satisfy my sweet tooth

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Oooo, sounds divine, Kelda! :)

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Wow these are great! After four years of being a vegan I decided to go raw...this was my first raw recipie and it was a success!!!

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Awesome to hear, Alex! I'm partial to these bars myself! :)

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STEPHANIE's Review

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I HAD THE LEMON BARS YESTERDAY OH MY GOODNESS THEY ARE SO GOOD! :) IM GLAD I TRIED THEM! :)

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I'm glad you tried them, too, Stephanie! :)

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i just made this. Absolutely delicious!!
I did not add the shredded coconut as I did not have enough. So I rolled the mixture into small/medium balls and tossed into the coconut. Still oh so delicious. I am happy to be a part of this raw food family.

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So glad you made it work, Althea!

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