Vegan strawberry lemon bars are the PERFECT summer treat! Made healthy with an almond flour crust and SUPER easy vegan strawberry lemon filling.
Every feel like you always need a better vehicle to get strawberry AND lemon into your life more?! I know, ME TOO. These healthy vegan strawberry lemon bars were born out of a desire to make a twist on my lemon bar recipe, with a little extra pop of summer. Plus, they’re kind of healthy? YES, please.
Tart lemons are sweetened up in this homemade vegan lemon curd! Use in your favorite dessert or to top the perfect vegan biscuits.
We all had little quirks growing up, right? Weird things we ate or did that now seem totally crazy and kind of gross (well, they were in my case). As for me, I used to suck on lemons and eat chunks of butter right off of the butter knife (told you it’s gross!), but of course now, those habits seem totally crazy. We have a friend who used to eat sugar sandwiches, and AJ used to eat bologna and ketchup sandwiches. I mean, to each his own, right? (more…)
A perfectly sweet and tart vegan lemon cake made with olive oil and frosted with a powdered sugar glaze. This is bound to be your new favorite dessert!
Well, the obsession with lemon desserts continues! Like I’ve mentioned before, I am HERE for everything chocolate, boozy, and sweet, but there is just something about lemon desserts that always keeps me coming back for another slice.
Maybe it’s a mix of a sweet treat mixed with that tart tang of lemon, making me feel like I’m eating something refreshing and healthy-ish, even when it’s vegan lemon cake. (more…)
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Vegan lemon bars are tart and sweet and use whole ingredients, plus no tofu and no cashews! Easy and with a vegan shortbread crust.
I’ll start by confessing. I might have eaten four squares of these vegan lemon bars in one day and I might have contemplated eating four more squares, that’s how good these are.
I knew the crust would have a shortbread feel, but I started to get a little stuck on the filling. Normally, eggs would be used to thicken the filling and provide a base, but for these I needed something else.
After doing a little research, a lot of vegan lemon bar recipes called for silken tofu in the filling or cashews.
While normally, I would be all for these two substitutes, I didn’t have tofu on hand and my cashew supply is running a little low (because I was making this and just inhaling it like nobody’s business). So, I set out to create a vegan lemon bar recipe without tofu.
For some reason, banana kept sticking in my brain as a vegan egg substitute and I just couldn’t get it out. I kept trying to rationalize it away, thinking that the banana flavor would shine through the lemon too much or it wouldn’t get that lemon bar gel set up right.
Then, I realized that my baking gut was telling me that I should just try it, so why not? If things went wrong, I could just try something else if it was a big flop, right?
I know it sounds strange, but I feel like after several years of baking and tweaking recipes, my baking gut kicks in and can tell me how long to keep a cake in the oven or how much flour is really needed in a batch of cookie dough. So, I trusted my gut with these vegan lemon bars, and my gut didn’t lead me wrong!
I upped the amount of lemon juice and zest in the recipe and used a ripe banana to partially sweeten the filling. Adding in cornstarch and a bit more sugar allowed the filling to set up and get that classic lemon bar texture you know and love.
So, here I give you a tofu-less, cashew-less vegan lemon bar recipe, with a healthy dusting of powdered sugar, of course.
For this recipe, I loved using this simple 8×8 pan that easily made the perfect amount of vegan lemon bars!
FAQs About These Vegan Lemon Bars
Do these taste like banana?
Yes and no. There is a slight banana flavor, but if you add enough lemon juice, they for SURE taste like lemon more than banana.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes! Double the crust and the filling to make sure you have enough. Use a 9×13 pan and make sure it’s lined with parchment paper!
Do these use cashews or tofu in the filling?
No! I wanted to avoid using ingredients that everyone might not have on hand. Bananas are the perfect substitute and make these slightly healthier without adding fat.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×8 pan and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, coconut oil, and powdered sugar until the dough comes together. Press into the bottom of the greased pan and bake for 7-9 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. You don’t want to over bake the crust, or it will become too hard after you add the filling. Set aside.
In a medium bowl with a handheld mixer, beat together the banana, lemon juice and zest, sugar, vanilla extract, cornstarch and flour until fairly smooth and combined.
Bake for 30 minutes, until filling it set. Allow to cool and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until cool.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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Once again, I feel like I’m hooked on the lemon desserts and I can.not. stop! I was thinking about making these vegan lime bars for MONTHS. Especially since I have my standby vegan lemon bar recipe and perfected my favorite creamy cashew filling with this lemon tart recipe that is still THE BEST in my opinion.
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