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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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- 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
- Set the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 dish with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.