Mar 25, 2021 (Last updated Apr 5, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani
Spring is finally here, and Easter is just around the corner! So I made these vegan lemon bars to welcome spring and satisfy your Easter sweet-tooth. These vegan lemon bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, made with a gluten-free cookie crust, and a tangy lemon meringue filling to top.
The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and delicious!
I cannot believe just how perfect these vegan lemon bars recipe turned out! I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m getting preeetty good at the whole vegan baking thing. And I’m so thrilled to be sharing this glowing recipe with you today.
So, let’s get into how to make this vegan lemon bars recipe!
You can expect these vegan lemon bars to be:
All-in-all, it’s exactly what you’d hope for in a lemon bar, and it’s both vegan and gluten-free. Certainly this is a recipe that will please all eaters, vegan or not.
It’s very easy to make these vegan lemons bars. And it begins with baking the crispy cookie crust, then adding the filling.
I really love this crust for its taste, texture and wholesome ingredients. It’s made using oat flour, almond flour, coconut oil and agave. Vegan lemon bars are typically made with a shortbread crust, using butter and all-purpose flour. This crust is just and crispy and sweet, but it’s gluten-free and wholesome. I really think you’ll love it!
We’ll begin by blind-baking the crust until golden and crispy.
Next we’ll work on the filling: I’ve kept it classic, with a lemon meringue style filling that’s soft, sweet and tangy.
The filling takes just 4-ingredients to make: lemon juice, granulated sugar, coconut cream, and arrowroot flour. Plus a pinch of turmeric (optional) for a vivid yellow colour.
If you prefer, you can substitute corn starch for the arrowroot flour. They’re both great thickening agents, and gives the lemon filling its perfect meringue texture. Here’s a guide to thickening agents from Food52.
To make the filling, add all the ingredients to a saucepan and cook on medium-heat until thickened to a custard consistency and gelatinous texture, about 10 minutes.
Pour the filling over the crust and place back in the oven to bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 and then transfer to the fridge to chill-out.
As I said, it’s an easy recipe that anyone can make – you don’t need to be a master baker. Scroll down for the full recipe instructions.
Yes! This recipe can be made in advance. In fact, I recommend it! The filling takes about 2 hours to set, but it’s even better if you can let it set overnight to ensure it’s fully cooled for cutting.
I like to make this recipe the day before serving.
These vegan lemon bars will keep in the fridge for up to one week. Store in an air-tight container. I like to put a bit of plastic wrap between the layers to stop them from sticking together.
You can freeze this recipe! Transfer the lemon bars to an air-tight container and stash in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let thaw in the fridge before eating.
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So there we have it, a delicious and easy recipe for vegan lemon bars. They are citrusy, sweet and tangy, with a crispy cookie crust and lemon meringue filling. Plus, they’re gluten-free and made with minimal wholesome ingredients. I really know you’re going to love this Spring themed recipe! It’s the perfect dessert to serve at Easter to your loved ones, and it certainly pleases a crowd.
If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Lots of love,