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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LoneK's Review

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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.

:)

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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