Lemon coconut bars?! Count me in!
With a little bit of sweet and a little bit of tart, these sunny lemon coconut bars are the perfect winter pick-me up.
Going with the spirit of these light and lively bars, I cut out the heavy butter and white sugar in the filling- don’t worry, they are still mouth watering!
My sis was skeptical at first because she hates coconut, but then I won her over. She thought that the crust tasted like shortbread and the filling was similar to a lemony custard.
What kind of goodies do you like to make with winter citrus?
Lemon Coconut Bars notes:
-These bars are best eaten warm, straight from the pan! If you store them overnight, the crust soaks up all the moisture and gets a bit spongy. Still delicious though!
-Lemons can protect against cancer. Out of eleven fruits, lemons were the second best (after cranberries) to stop liver cancer cells from growing.
- 4.5 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
- 2.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- dash of sea salt
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2.5 eggs
- 8 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tbsp lemon zest (approx. 1 lemon)
- 8 tsp almond flour
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the coconut oil in a pan on low heat. Once it has melted, add 1.5 tbsp maple syrup, coconut oil, shredded coconut, sea salt, and ½ cup almond flour. Mix thoroughly and remove the pan from the heat. Add 1 egg white (save the yolk for step 2 below) to the mixture while stirring.
- Pour the sticky mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and flatten it against the paper to make the crust.
- Bake the crust for approx 10 minutes, remove it from the oven, and let it cool.
- To make the filling, mix 1.5 eggs along with 1 egg yolk in a mixer until they become frothy. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining almond flour, and 3 tbsp of maple syrup. Whisk for another minute until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Pour the filling over the crust and bake for another 15 minutes until edges turn light brown and filling becomes firm.
- Let the bars cool and then dust with powdered sugar!