When the little lemon tree on your balcony gives you lemons, the best way to use them is to bake some delicious paleo lemon bars. Although I love all kinds of paleo desserts, this is an excellent bright and tart treat that goes especially well with tea. This classic flavored dessert recipe can be easily adapted with paleo and gluten free ingredients for a delicious treat with no sugar or refined flours added.
I don’t know exactly what type of lemons are growing on my tree, but I believe that it is a cross-breed between lemon and lime because the fruits are a little bit green even when ripe. The tiny tree doesn’t produce many lemons but the flavor is amazing and I find that the taste is better than that of conventional ones.
For these paleo lemon bars I needed more lemons than what my little tree could give me, so I also had to buy some, but I definitely used the zest of my own since they are organically grown.
If you have organic lemons and want to preserve the grated zest, simply place it in a small glass jar and add 2-3 teaspoons of coconut sugar. Keep the jar in the fridge and whenever you bake a recipe, just add some lemon zest to give a citrus aroma.
I like my lemon bars not so sweet, so you may add more honey if you prefer.
Delicious Paleo Lemon Bars Recipe (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free):
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- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 pastured egg
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 pastured eggs
- 3 tbsps coconut flour
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 5 heaping tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper leaving enough on the sides so you can easily remove the cake.
In a large bowl, beat the egg and add the cashew butter, coconut oil and melted butter, lemon zest, sugar and lemon juice. Stir to mix well. Sift in the coconut flour, stirring continuously until you get a sticky dough.
Transfer it to the baking pan and press evenly on the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven to cool a little bit.
Meanwhile, to create the filling combine the honey with lemon juice and zest. Sift the flour in little by little. Add the eggs one by one and mix just until well incorporated.
Pour the filling over the crust and tap the pan on the table a few times to remove the air bubbles.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are set. The middle of the cake will be shivering but that's fine.
Turn off the heat and leave the pan in the oven for about 40-60 minutes. Let cool completely.
Grind the coconut sugar in a spice grinder or coffee grinder to get powdered sugar and dust the cake before serving.
About the Author Madalina Voicu
Madalina is an experienced home chef and a professional photographer. She loves to study about the impact that food has on our health and everyday levels of energy and well-being. She strongly believes that “you are what you eat” and choosing the right nutrition can change your life. Working with whole foods and various spices, Madalina creates delicious recipes for healthy active people.