Lemon Bars

by Elise Schwartz | May 23, 2011 3:11 PM

Lemon bars, lemon bars!!  These are Dave’s f-f-favorite dessert in the whole world.  Well, next to ice cream of any flavor.  I’ve botched experiments in the past trying to come out with lemon bars close to the same texture and taste as “conventional” lemon bars.  It’s taken me many trials, but this is it I think!

These come inspired by a patient who made these for a church function from a recipe she had found in another paleo diet cookbook.  I’ve made my own crust layer and altered the lemon layer to be Advanced Plan.  The original recipe called for honey.

These are must-make bars!  They haven’t lasted long in our home..  Once Dave’s nose got whiff, half the pan was devoured!  And that makes me happy.

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Lemon Bars
Makes 18 Bars

CRUST
1 cup almond flour (fine ground)
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp powdered xylitol*
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp raw unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

LEMON TOPPING
1/4 cup almond flour (fine ground)
1/4 cup powdered xylitol*
2 tsp Stevita Spoonable stevia [2]
4 large free-range eggs
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8-inch square baking dish with unbleached parchment paper.

2.)  CRUST   Combine the almond flour, powdered xylitol, and sea salt in a large bowl.  In a medium bowl, stir together coconut oil, butter and vanilla extract.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined.  Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly golden.

3.)  LEMON TOPPING   While the crust bakes, prepare the topping.  In a blender or food processor (or by hand with a whisk), combine the almond flour, powdered xylitol, stevia, eggs, and lemon juice.  Blend on Medium speed until smooth. Remove the crust from the oven.  Pour the topping evenly over the hot crust.

5.)  Pop back into oven.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees F until the topping is golden at edges.  Let cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for 2 hours to set.  Sprinkle with extra powdered xylitol (optional).  Cut into bars and serve.

*The recipe for powdered xylitol can be found in Season’s Eatings Holiday e-Book[3] on page 47.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8bl7agpaHAQ/Tcq50tOAZBI/AAAAAAAADWg/_HSH_tcKneE/s1600/Lemon+Bars.jpg
  2. Stevita Spoonable stevia : http://www.amazon.com/Stevita-Co-Stevia-Spoonable-Ounces/dp/B0012IURLG?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwhealingcui-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969
  3. Season’s Eatings Holiday e-Book: http://www.healingcuisinebyelise.com/p/seasons-eating-holiday-e-book.html

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