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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I know EXACTLY what you mean by "literally dreaming" of adventures in food. :o) Food excites me! The thought of breakfast often keeps me up at night.

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Love it Lara!

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Hi Cara,

:) Thank you for your kind words.

Congrats on your HS blender and food processor!

Please keep me posted on which recipes you try, and which turn out GREAT and which ones you didn't like, too :)

Also, I always love to hear what husband's think :)

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Laura-Jane

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This looks like an excellent energy bar! I'm going to try it with brazil nuts instead of almonds, my taste buds tell me to do so and I love my dose of selenium.

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I made the lemon bars with 3/4 c sunflower seeds, 1/8 c sesame seeds, and 1/8 c flaxseed instead of the almonds and they turned out excellent! Might be a good option if folks are allergic to tree nuts. I'll keep playing with variations.

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Nice substitutions! I love making substitutions like that, especially if it means that I can make something ASAP rather than having to run to the grocery store. :) Thanks for sharing your tweaks, Ren. :)

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Always gotta listen to the tastebuds. They lead us to yummy places!

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Just made these this afternoon! Love that you've been adding more and more recipes! These were a huge hit with my family. Not too sweet and a great lemony-coconut flavor! Thanks!!

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Hi Court, I am so glad they worked out well for you :)

Thanks for coming back and letting me know. I like to know what you guys think!

And thanks for noticing that I've been posting more lately. I am trying to post a new recipe every monday, although I don't want to commit to that too officially because I go in fits and spurts :)

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Is there anything else possible to use other than ... dates?
Thanks,
H.

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My roommate made this but she used figs and its GOOD!!

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Yum! You chose a good roommate Monika :)

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Hi! Yes, definitely. You could try raisins. You could also try apricots--if you use apricots you'll need to add a little extra sweetener--like honey or agave or something.

Good luck!

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