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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Thanks for sharing your modification Elke!

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These were delicious, next time I will use a little more lemon juice and zest. I rolled them into little balls, they make a beautiful presentation.
Thanks

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Glad you enjoyed the recipe Elke!

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I just want to thank you for your website and access to the recipes. I bought a food processor and have now tried three recipes from your site.. Absolutely blown away by how tasty everything was. My neighbors have been my guinea pigs and love the food as well. Xo

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Hi Tamara, your neighbours are lucky :) Glad you are enjoying the recipes Tamara. I am glad to have you here :)

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I make this a lot now. I add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, diced apricots and raisins. So yummy. Thank you for sharing!

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Hi Mary, so glad you liked! Nice substitutions.

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I just made them and they are wonderful. I would love to see the nutritional facts on them,nevertheless less, they Rock.

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Hi Tony, glad you enjoyed! Sorry, no nutritional info provided.

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Haha that sums it up Colleen :)

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These are the bomb!! Could literally eat the mixture right out the food processor! Beautiful :)

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So glad you are enjoying these Sandy :)

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It's really delicious! I didn't have dates on hand but had a huge bag of organic sundried mission figs so I used these instead. Also used Meyer lemon. DELISH!!!

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Hi Dodi! mmm figs - nice alternative!

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Don't you soak the almonds first?

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Hi Dodi, I don't soak my nuts unless it clearly states to do so :)

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I just came across your site this morning, and I couldn't stop thinking abut these lemon square all day, so I had to run out to the grocery store just for the dates! This recipe is amazing!! I cannot believe how easy and delicious these bars are! I decreased the shredded coconut to about 3/4 cups since I'm not a huge coconut fan and it was just the right amount for me! Will definitely be trying your other recipes too! Do you have the nutritional info listed anywhere?

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Hi Nancy, glad they worked out well for you! No, sorry, I do not provide nutritional info.

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Another successful recipie. Well done. So yum!

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Hi Tracy, so glad you enjoyed this one. I like it too. I keep meaning to try it with orange, but I haven't done so yet!

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Am loving these raw lemon bars absolutely delicious. Feel good about my 3yr old grandson eating them too as all good ingredients for him to enjoy. Am aiming in the new year to try and include lots more raw foods in my diet. I find the recipes you come up with great and most of them simple haven't a dehydrator so don't attempt those ones. Thanks.

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Tricia, your grandson is lucky to you and your raw goodies :)

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I tried this recipe with seeds as suggested by Ren. They were sticky, full flavored, and delicious. I will definitely be making these again. They got rave reviews in my house. I will probably serve them with yogurt next time. Makes a great topping.

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Hi Theresa, I am so glad you enjoyed them and that you got rave reviews at home! I call that a success :)

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