Gluten Free Lemon Bars

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Gluten Free Lemon Bars. No Sugar Added dessert, perfect for the holidays! #MyMarianos #Shop #cbias

Gluten Free Lemon Bars is an easy dessert perfect for the holiday season. These lemon bars taste so good, no one will know it’s a healthy treat!

Growing up in my house, my Mom would start making Christmas treats the day after Thanksgiving. The first thing she would usually bake would be my Dad’s favorite 7 layer bars, aka magic cookie bars. Those bars in our house would go so quickly, Mom would usually bake multiple batches. She would also bake spritz cookies, sugar cookies and fudge. But the thing I would always wait patiently for was her lemon bars.

Gluten Free Lemon Bars. No Sugar Added dessert, perfect for the holidays! #MyMarianos #Shop #cbias

I was lucky… while everyone else in my family were grabbing for her other treats, the lemon bars were often second looked… so all were for me! I loved the burst of citrus, the creamy filling and crumbly crust.

After looking at my Mom’s recipe, I decided it was time for a healthy makeover. When it’s this time of year, temptations are everywhere! Why not bake a healthier dessert which doesn’t taste healthy??! These lemon bars are gluten free and sugar free! You might wonder how I managed to pull this one off, but thanks to my local Mariano’s, they have me covered.

Gluten Free Lemon Bars. No Sugar Added dessert, perfect for the holidays! #MyMarianos #Shop #cbias

You see from the picture I made some healthy swaps. Instead of the usual flour, I decided to use coconut flour, which is loaded with fiber and gluten free. I replaced sugar with pure maple syrup. And instead of using lemon extract, use fresh lemons! I’ve never baked like this before, so I was super excited to get in the kitchen. I pumped up the holiday music and got right to it. Before I knew it, the lemon bars were done! Waiting for them to cool was the longest 20 minutes in my whole life!

I will be honest. These gluten free lemon bars aren’t as sweet as the traditional lemon bar… but that’s fine for me! When I’m eating during the holidays, there are always super sweet options. I appreciate having a dessert that doesn’t give me a sugar hangover the next day. The crust for these lemon bars are amazing! I mixed in some shredded coconut to give it a little extra structure. The crust was perfectly flaky and tender.

Gluten Free Lemon Bars. No Sugar Added dessert, perfect for the holidays! #MyMarianos #Shop #cbias

Mariano’s has a lot of healthy ingredients to aid you in holiday baking. You would be shocked by how easy it is to make a couple healthy swaps in a recipe and I bet your own family wouldn’t even notice. Cut the calories and feel better about what you’re eating. Mariano’s has a lot of healthy ideas for you! Follow Mariano’s on Facebook and Twitter to hear the latest about gluten free products and keeping meals healthy during the holiday season.

Do you have any recipes that could use a holiday healthy makeover?? Tell me in the comments!

Gluten Free Lemon Bars


    For the crust:
  • 2½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (not the Log Cabin stuff)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white
  • For the filling:
  • 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour


  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 dish with parchment paper.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Add maple syrup, coconut, flour and salt. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat. Slowly add egg white and stir. You do not want the egg to cook. Pat the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare the filling, combine eggs in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until frothy. (About 1 minute) Add the remaining ingredients and continue using the mixer for 2 minutes. You may have to stop after 1 minute and scrape the sides of the bowl. Pour filling over crust and bake for 19 minutes or until the filling is set. Let it cool and then cut & serve. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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16 Responses

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  2. Megan @ The Pink Flour says

    These look delicious, Meghan! My mom loves lemon bars and recently found out she has Celiac disease :( She will be so excited to hear I found a good substitute recipe for her! Thanks!
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    • Meghan Early Swint says

      If she loves coconut and lemon, she will love these bars! I think people who have Celiac these days have so many more food options than what was available just 5 years ago!

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  4. Joanne says

    Thanks for sharing your views on gtelun-free products. You should try Breads from Anna. They are baking mixes and they’re awesome tasting. Soft. Flavorful. I was really surprised. The pizza/pie crust mix is excellent. I went nuts for the herb bread. The sweet breads (pumpkin and banana) were excellent too, If you don’t have them in your local store, Anna has a web site just google breads from anna !

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      I’ve never heard of that brand. I’ll need to look out for it the next time I buy bread. Thanks!

  5. Alyssa says

    I love that you made this recipe healthier, they look so good!

  6. Alicia says

    What a great way to update a normally sugar heavy recipe. I love your story as a child and being able to snatch these up for yourself:)It’s the simple joys in life that are worthwhile. #client
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  7. Heather @ French Press says

    I am in love with lemon bars, and I cannot wait to try them gluten free :)
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  8. Kris Cain says

    I have always had more of a sour tooth than a sweet tooth, and I LOVE lemon bars. I am with you.. there are always a ton of sweet options at holiday parties. It is nice to have something that does not taste like it is giving you a sugar rush. These sound delicious! #client
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  9. Diane says

    Lemon desserts are my FAV! Thank you for the healthy twist! Pinning!
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  10. tanya says

    I love lemon bars! This is a wonderfully healthy twist on the classic! Must Pin!
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  11. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says

    I love lemon bars! :) And I love baking with coconut oil & milk, but I have never tried coconut flour yet! Going to have to get my hands on a bag of that soon & give it a go. Pinned & tweeted!
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  12. Julie @ This Gal Cooks says

    I love the healthy makeover, Meghan! Fresh lemon juice is a must when making lemon treats so kudos to you for opting for it! :)
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  13. Paula says

    Totally love lemon bars, these look fantastic, pinned.
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  14. Claire @ A Little Claireification says

    Oh how I LOVE lemon treats. These are right up my alley and, like you said, the kids would probably pass them by so more for ME!! Pinning! xo
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