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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Next time for sure, Jeani! :)

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Lau's Review

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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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Ashley Stein's Review

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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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Marianna's Review

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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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Rach's Review

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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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Karine 's Review

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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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