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Lemon Bars

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These tangy, tart lemon bars have a smooth and creamy filling nestled up against a coconut-spiked crust. They are the perfect refreshing springtime dessert for when the temperatures start to warm up. A nutritional tidbit about lemons: They help strengthen the-immune system and aid in fighting disease.

Makes16 bars

Cooking MethodBaking

CostInexpensive

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationGluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian

Taste and TextureSweet, Tart

Type of DishCookie, Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (55 g) extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons (60 g) raw honey
  • ½ cup (60 g) coconut flour
  • ¾ cup (60 g) unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) fresh lemon juice (from 5 to 6 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons (2.5 g) lemon zest
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (40 g) raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup (109 g) extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (40 g) unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Line an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) glass baking dish with parchment paper, allowing the 1 paper to go up the edges of the dish.

  2. To make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the eggs, coconut oil, and honey and process until smooth. Add the coconut flour, 1/4 cup (20 g) of the shredded coconut. cinnamon. baking soda. and salt and process again until well combined.

  3. Remove the blade from the bowl and stir in the remaining ½ cup (40 g) shredded coconut. Press the crust evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are just turning golden. Allow the crust to cool.

  4. To make the filling: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, honey. maple syrup, and sea salt. Slowly add the melted coconut oil while whisking constantly. Whisk until it starts to thicken-it should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. You don’t want to leave this unattended. Strain the filling through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any cooked egg bits. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  5. Pour the filling over the baked crust and sprinkle the top with the shredded coconut. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or best overnight, to allow the curd to set.

  6. Remove the bars from the baking dish by lifting up on the parchment paper, cut into sixteen 2 x 2-inch (5 x 5 cm) bars, and serve.

  7. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Hi @shana, The Lemon Bars were included as a suggestion for an Easter menu. Kosher for Passover baking soda and baking powder do exist, and their use is generally dependent on whether one chooses only to avoid chametz or all leavening agents including chemical ones. Here's one discussion on the topic: http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15553/baking-powder-on-pesach All best, Kara Rota Editorial Director

Will this work without baking soda? I clicked through this from the Passover email, but you can't use baking soda on Passover.

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