Lemon Bars II

This healthier version of lemon bars was adapted from here! There’s no sugar or flour in em’! :O We couldn’t find any unsweetened shredded coconut, so we just used sweetened and I used a lot less sweetener than the original recipe called for. This resulted in a super-lemony filling with a sweet crust to balance it out. We also didn’t have coconut oil on hand, hence the butter substitution. Someday, I’ll make the legitimate version, but sometimes, you just gotta work with what you have. :O

I pilfered some lemons and pomegranates from Mekala, so in return, I transmuted the lemons into lemon bars for her and her family. :]

Lemon Bars (v. 2!)

10 servings; each one is…~174 calories, 14g CHO’s, 11g fat, 5g protein, 2g fiber, 158mg sodium.

Ingredients:
(Crust)
-2 tbsp butter (can be subbed w/ 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil)
~1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened)
-1/2 cup almond meal
-pinch of salt
-1 egg
(Filling)
-3 eggs
-1/3 cup lemon juice
-1 tbsp lemon zest
-1/3 cup almond flour
~1/5 cup honey

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Line a pan w/ parchment paper. Melt butter and add shredded coconut, almond flour and salt.
3) Mix until well combined + remove from heat. Add egg and stir.
4) Pat mixture onto bottom of prepared pan + press down firmly. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.
5) Meanwhile, start preparing the filling. Beat eggs together, add remaining ingredients and beat for another 2 minutes.
6) Pour filling over baked crust + bake for ~20 minutes or until center is set.
7) Let them cool completely before cutting and serving. (These can store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days!)

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About Farrah

A frugal, selectively antisocial Family Medicine resident physician with too many interests. Loves...God, family, friends, volunteering and helping others, making others happy, music (especially piano and singing), Tahitian/hula/salsa/pole dancing, aerial silks, learning, writing, cooking, eating, sleeping, lifting weights, playing SNES and DS, photography, editing, window-shopping, gymnastics, kickboxing, BJJ, finding great deals, pyrography, horseback riding, archery, frolicking in the great outdoors...making every moment count.

Posted on January 12, 2014, in Food and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. These sound yummy. I always feel like I’m being healthy when i eat things with lemon in, even if they are not as healthy as they could be!

    • haha, I do that too! I like telling myself something’s healthier [than it could be] if it has fruit in it. Twisted logic, but I’ll take it. :]

      This recipe is actually pretty healthy though, as far as desserts go! :] The high fat content is really mostly from the almonds, so at least it’s good fat? :P

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