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Fresh Lemon Bars (Nut Free, Paleo,)

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  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x


These Fresh Lemon Bars are a refreshing summer dessert. They have a shortbread crust topped with a light, sweet-tart custard that’s deliciously creamy.





  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 4 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from one organic lemon
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 4 large pastured eggs PLUS 1 yolk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tapioca flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8 x 8” baking dish with parchment paper on the bottom and up the sides.
  2. For the Crust: In a small bowl mix together the coconut flour, tapioca flour and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the honey, coconut oil, egg, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Press crust evenly into the bottom of the parchment paper. Prick all over with a fork.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly brown around the edges.
  7. While the crust bakes prepare the filling. You’re going to pour it into the hot crust so make sure it’s ready.
  8. For the Filling:Whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, eggs and yolk until evenly combined.
  9. Add tapioca and coconut flour. Whisk until very smooth.
  10. Once the crust is done, whisk the filling mixture one more time and pour over HOT crust (don’t let the crust cool).
  11. Put into the oven, lower the temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center is just set but jiggly.
  12. Allow the pan to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  13. Remove from the pan by picking up the sides of the parchment.
  14. Transfer to a plate, cut into 9 squares using a long serrated knife.
  15. Serve topped with fruit, coconut whipped cream, or enjoy plain.


They need at least 2 hours to chill.

Recipe adapted from

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Nut Free, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy Free option