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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Mmmmm... Lemony goodness!!!

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Precisely Katie lol! <3

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Pollymum's Review

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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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Dylan Peirce's Review

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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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Monks1979's Review

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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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