Paleo Lemon Bars

This might be the best paleo dessert I've ever had. Well….it might be a tie between these and Paleo Strawberry Pie. Both are AMAZING!

I found this recipe several months ago on a completely non-paleo blog. I was super excited when I read the ingredients and realized it was paleo friendly because lemon bars are one of my favorite treats! If I would have known how delicious these were going to be I would have made them a lot sooner.

Ok so here's the recipe and a picture of the ingredients you need:

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Paleo Lemon Bars

Filling:

3 whole eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut oil

Crust:

1 cup of raw almonds
1 cup of raw pecans (any other nut you have on hand would work too)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of melted virgin coconut oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon sea salt

Filling Directions:

1. Blend the eggs, honey, and lemon juice together in a small sauce pan until thoroughly combined.
2. Turn the heat on to medium high and add coconut oil, mixing regularly until the oil has melted.
3. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens and bubbles.
4. Remove from pan and place in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool and thicken further.

Crust Directions:

1. Place nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped, but not pureed. You may have little chunks of nuts, and that is fine.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until well combined.
3. Spread over the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 inch pan. (lining the pan with parchment paper will make the pan easier to clean)
4. Bake for 15-18 minutes in a 400 degree oven, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
5. Cool completely before layering the filling over the top. Return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Comments

  1. These look really good! I might try them for our a Valentine’s sweets exchange we’re doing at work Friday!

  2. This sounds awesome! I will have to try it. Hopefully, I will have better results than when I tried to make sweet potato chips (I’ve since given up and now just buy them at the store…LOL~)
    On a side note, I think I may be going down the Primal path instead of the strict Paleo – Paleo sometimes stresses me out, which is not what the whole experience should be. Although I think it’s still a great way of life, I just can’t seem to stick with it that closely…

  3. What is it about Paleo that stresses you out? To me, it’s so much less stressful than most “diets” as there is no calorie counting, no portion control, etc. Just eat simple whole foods and stay away from processed stuff.
    What is it about primal that you like better? I don’t know very much about primal so I’m interested to hear.

  4. These look great, Alima! I’m trying them out soon to bring to an all-Paleo dinner with friends we’ve “recruited.” 🙂 Thanks for posting!
    And, as far as I know, Primal is very much like Paleo in that there is no calorie-coutning or portion control and eliminates processed foods entirely, but it does incorporate occasional full-fat dairy (cream, yogurt) and butter, and no restriction on becon, eggs, and fatty cuts of meat(all pasteured/grass-fed sources suggested). I know Cordain has updated his information to not be so fat-restrictive as the first edition of his book suggests, so they may be even more similar now – except the dairy angle. 🙂

  5. Wow, lots of typos up there – sorry!

  6. Just a note: Pateurized dairy products are definitely a “processed food.”
    When it comes to raw dairy products I sort of waiver. I like the research from Weston A Price and obviously they have had very good results eating a large quantity of raw dairy. So sometimes I feel there may be some benefit to the raw dairy.
    However, I also really like Whole 9’s take on dairy. There speech goes something like this…
    Human breast milk is for baby humans. Cow’s milk is for baby cows. The milk has specific properties (almost like a natural human growth hormone) that is specific to babies who need it to grow and develop. It’s not meant to be eaten by either of these mamals once the baby is no longer a baby. As an adult would you drink human breast milk? (Most people would say absolutely not in response). So why would you drink the breast milk of another mamal? That’s completely un-natural.
    That’s whole 9’s take on dairy and when you think of it that way it makes a lot of sense. So in my opinion, dairy is not paleo or primal. But again, that’s just my opinion.

  7. Ashley is right about Primal. It espouses very similar principles as Paleo, but for some reason, I find it less stressful. No idea why, and it’s not even the dairy thing, since I’ve pretty much stopped drinking milk and the only thing I have now is the occasional half-and-half in my coffee (which may soon be changed to full on heavy whipping cream, since it doesn’t have casein apparently). I don’t think it’s the principles of eating Paleo-style (the main principles, i.e. eat meat, veggies, some fruit and nuts) that stresses me out, but that Paleo makes me really hyper-vigilant and having OCD tendencies, it’s…well, stressful. LOL~ I think it’s a personality thing. Primal, to me, seems more forgiving, maybe because whenever I read things on Mark’s Daily Apple, he talks about eating well and living well and enjoying life, whereas whenever I read some Paleo sites, it’s more of a list of what I can’t have and shouldn’t have and need to stay away from, etc. And I guess that stresses me out, because I feel like I have to be constantly on guard lest something escape my notice and I eat it.
    Yes, neurotic, I know. 🙂
    Oh, and my husband also agrees about cow’s milk – he’s like, well duh, it’s made for cows and not humans, and it’s also only for babies. But he’s also telling me all that watching my diet is good and well until I step off the curb and get hit by a car (his little joke in regards to my dietary changes). He’s like, eat healthy, but don’t freak out if you have soy or some ice cream. (But he’s also never had to struggle with weight-issues most of his life either, so he can’t exactly empathize, I suppose.)
    I don’t know if that completely explains what I’m thinking…but I guess the “details” of Paleo stresses me out more, not so much the major principles of it. I think it’s spot on in terms of eating unprocessed meat, veggies, fruits and nuts, but I’m still a bit skeptical about not eating any soy(fermented or not) or even some rice (but that’s probably because I’m Korean and we’ve been eating those things forever, and the question regarding rice is more about its carb content than gluten presence, because it doesn’t have gluten).
    Maybe my comment should have been qualified; “I am stressed about eating “strict” Paleo” may be a better statement.
    For right now anyway. I may change my mind next week – who knows? 😉

  8. We made these, and they were fantastic. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  9. If I don’t have coconut oil could I use another kind?

  10. If you are keeping it paleo, coconut oil is the best option.
    If you aren’t worried about that then I would substitute butter. Good quality butter. It wont be 100% paleo but still better than most conventional desserts.