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Vegan Lemon Bars (Gluten-Free, Eggless)

two vegan lemon bars on a white plate

5 from 6 reviews

These easy Vegan Lemon Bars are completely gluten-free and eggless! This healthier lemon bar recipe is made with a 4 ingredient, dairy-free & buttery shortbread crust, layered with perfectly sweet and tangy lemon curd filling! No nuts or soy, this allergy-free dessert is a perfect spring or summertime treat everyone will love!

Ingredients

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For the Shortbread Crust:

For the Lemon Filling:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and sweetener. Pour in the stick of melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix the dough together until it's thick and wet.
  3. Line an 8x8 square baking pan with two long strips of parchment paper, cut so the parchment paper overhangs the 4 edges of the pan.
  4. Press the wet shortbread dough into the lined pan, about 1/4 inch in thickness. The pre-bake the shortbread for 18-20 minutes. Remove and set it aside to cool while you prepare the lemon curd filling.
  5. In a medium non-stick saucepan, whisk together the sweetener and starch so there are no clumps. Then add in the turmeric, lemon juice, and optional vanilla, before turning the heat on the stove to medium. Mix everything together until combined and the sugar has melted.
  6. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and continue stirring until you have a smooth, uniform mixture. Stir the mixture every minute or so until it thickens and becomes jell-like. Then remove from the heat.
  7. Carefully pour and smooth out the lemon filling over the cooled pre-baked crust. Then bake the lemon bars in the already preheated oven at 350°F for another 12-15 minutes.
  8. Remove the bars from the oven and let the entire pan cool at room temperature before chilling in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours, preferably overnight.
  9. Once the lemon bars are completely chilled, lift the block of bars out of the pan, using the parchment paper handles. Dust the top lemon layer with powdered sweetener, and cut the bars with a sharp knife into 9 squares.
  10. Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the fridge for about 7 days.

Notes

Freezing Instructions: Freeze the cut bars flat on a baking sheet until solid (hold off on the powdered sugar dusting). Then wrap each bar in foil or wax paper and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for 4-5 months. Thaw the bars in the fridge overnight, dust with sweetener, and enjoy!

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