CREAMY VEGAN LEMON BARS

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Sharing this amazing vegan lemon bars recipe from the Love & Lemons Every Day cookbook today! You all know that I generally don’t enjoy baking/making desserts in general, but this recipe is different.

These bars are truly a minimum fuss dessert. They hit at only 9 ingredients! And the entire process goes like this: grind up the crust in the food processor, press the crust in, blend filling until smooth, pour filling, freeze, cut, done! And for how easy they are, the flavour and richness are wild. So, SO good. Super creamy and zesty. I have the bars all cut up in a container in the freezer, and I just set one out to thaw a bit while we’re cleaning up after dinner. Perfect sweet relief at the end of a hot day.

This cookbook has been out since the spring and while it may just get me to enjoy making desserts again, it is very much a reference book for total vegetable enjoyment. It has over 300 pages of inspiration for any vegetable you could imagine. In addition to straightforward recipes, there are also a bunch of handy quick-reference charts for grilling vegetables, salad dressings, and quick pasta inspiration, among other things. The perfectly styled photos, ease of preparation, and the key combination of streamlined-but-unique recipes make this book so inspiring! I already love to cook, but this collection makes me want to cook even more.

Some recipes from Love & Lemons Every Day that I’m looking forward to trying soon: Chimichurri Potato Salad, Yellow Squash Turmeric Tofu Scramble, Tahini Collard Green Slaw, Chickpea Harissa Veggie Burgers, and the Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can click over here to get some more glances and information about this new favourite of mine.

I hope that everyone’s July is going well! That Mercury retrograde is hitting me HARD this week, but we’re powering through. Catch you back here real soon! ;)

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CREAMY VEGAN LEMON BARS RECIPE

Recipe from Love & Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Matthews.
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: Makes 16 bars
NOTES: Be sure to use coconut cream as opposed to the milk!
-These instructions are directly from the book! The only thing I added was a splash of vanilla extract to the filling.

CRUST:
9 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts
¾ cup gluten-free whole rolled oats
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 to 2 tablespoons filtered water

FILLING:
1 (14-ounce) can coconut cream (see headnote!)
1 ¼ cups raw cashews
2 tablespoons lemon zest
⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
⅓ cup maple syrup
⅛ teaspoon sea salt

Make the crust: In a food processor, place the dates, walnuts, oats, and salt and process until the mixture comes together into a sticky ball. If necessary, gradually add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

Line a 7 x 9-inch or 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and press the crust to the edges of the pan. The crust is very sticky, so I like to use a sheet of parchment paper on top to help smooth it out. Place the pan in the freezer while you make the filling.

Make the filling: In a high-speed blender, puree the coconut cream, cashews, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt until smooth. Pour the filling over the crust and freeze overnight. Let thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing into bars and serving.

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  • Kate10/07/2019 - 9:15 am

    I REALLY need to make these. Lemon desserts are our go to treats for the summer as they are often very refreshing. And they are so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Harpreet11/07/2019 - 12:01 pm

    These look great! I recently inherited a giant bag of limes … do you think these would be tasty made with limes instead of lemons?ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/07/2019 - 2:24 pm

      A creamy lime bar would be so refreshing and good! Especially with all of that coconut cream. Yum!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lin Willett11/07/2019 - 12:26 pm

    Just the ingredients for the crust have me ready to make this! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Hanhna15/07/2019 - 1:25 pm

    These look so good! I really want to try to make these. May I ask what brand of coconut cream do you use and where do you buy it? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/07/2019 - 3:43 pm

      I’ve used Thai Kitchen, Grace brand, and Trader Joe’s coconut cream in the past. All of them good! I find these in most supermarkets in their International section near the Caribbean or Thai food items that they have.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Cassie Thuvan Tran16/07/2019 - 1:28 am

    Those lemon bars look so beautiful. The Love and Lemons’ cookbook is probably spectacular, so lovely, refined, and sophisticated! I will say, I probably will end up eating the crust recipe on its own!ReplyCancel

  • Slaven20/07/2019 - 9:59 am

    These look amazing! Love lemon desserts in the summer!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne05/08/2019 - 5:04 pm

    This looks so good! Do you use this crust for any other recipes?ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/08/2019 - 12:51 pm

      I haven’t yet. I think it would be great as a raw and vegan cheesecake base. You could even roll it up into little energy bites.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Vanessa05/08/2019 - 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/08/2019 - 12:51 pm

      I kept mine in the freezer for a couple weeks!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Dana09/08/2019 - 7:52 am

    My Love and Lemons cookbook lives on my kitchen counter along with my First Mess cookbook! Haven’t tried the lemon bars yet (but now I will!) but I can tell you the flourless almond cookies are fantastic (and also easy!).ReplyCancel

  • Marthe06/09/2019 - 5:57 pm

    This recipe ist DELICIOUS. I´ve already made it with lemon juice and I also tried it oncewith pineapple juice and once with strawberry juice. The three of them were amazing ReplyCancel

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