Healthy Lemon Squares Recipe


My mom used to make delicious Lemon Squares when we were kids, that were a beautiful vibrant yellow, and she topped them with icing sugar. I have one memory of asking my mom for a lemon square but they hadn't cooled yet, so I had to wait, and I guess I saw a recipe for lemon squares this summer because for this past month, I have been dreaming about lemon squares and lemon meringue pie, and how much I would love to have a sweet lemon treat... but all of the recipes I have found use eggs as a main ingredient, and so much sugar! So, I have been racking my brain on how I could make lemon squares that are delicious, but also healthy and vegan-friendly.




These lemon squares are not vibrant yellow, but are full of lemon flavour. I used dates to sweeten them, instead of refined sugar, so the color is more a deep amber. After my first batch disappeared in less than an hour (my kids loved them), I had to make a second batch and I'm sure there will be more of these lemon squares coming out of my kitchen again soon. I created a video for this recipe as well, which you can find here - you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel to stay up to date on all my videos. 



This recipe for Healthy Lemon Squares is vegan-friendly, which means it contains no eggs, no dairy, and no honey. It is also gluten-free, and free from refined sugar. This recipe is about as healthy as a lemon dessert gets, and so easy to make!

Here is my recipe for Healthy Lemon Squares:



Ingredients:



Base:
1 1/2 Cup Granola
1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3/4 Cups Dates, soaked overnight



Filling:
3/4 Cups Lemon Juice
1 tsp Lemon Extract
2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 Cup Dates, soaked overnight




Method:



In a blender or food processor, add all of the Granola, Coconut Oil, and 3/4 Cups Dates, and pulse until all ingredients are combined and no large dates remain. 

Press the granola base into the bottom of a parchment lined 8" square pan. Set aside. 

Rinse out the blender, and then add all of the ingredients for the filling to the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Pour the filling mixture into a small sauce pan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly.

Once the filling starts bubbling, continue stirring until it becomes shiny and translucent - approximately 2-3 minutes. 

Pour the mixture into the pan on top of the granola base, and spread it evenly. 

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until the filling is set and no longer warm.

Slice the lemon dessert into squares and enjoy!







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