Clean Lemon Bars

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I love the flavour of lemon! Lemon meringue pie, lemonade,lemon tea…I love it all!! These lemon bars are no exception! These bars take a few steps to get them right, and are not a “quick” dessert to make. BUT, they are well worth it!!

Ingredients:

2 Lemons
2 1/2 Cups walnuts
3/4 Cups pitted dates
Juice from one lemon
1 Cup oats
1 Cup kamut flour
1/4 Cup butter (room temperature)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 Egg
Grated rind from 2 lemons

Directions:

Step 1- Mix together the butter, oats, egg and flour in a bowl. Mix together with your hands and then split the dough into 2 equal parts. Line the bottom of a square pan with parchment paper and half of the dough, forming it into a crust. Bake it in the oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Pull out the parchment paper with cooked dough on it and set aside. Repeat this step again with the second portion of dough.

Step 2- In a good blender or food processor combine the lemon juice, dates, nuts and rind from lemons. Blend REALLY well! The “smoother” the consistency the better it will turn out.

Step 3- In a pan on the stove top heat the coconut oil. Add the coconut flakes and warm until the flakes turn golden brown. Once they are browned remove them from the pan immediately or they will continue to turn darker.

Once you have all 3 parts completed, you can start to build your squares!! Spread half of the lemon mixture over the crust that is still in the pan. Place the second layer of crust on top. Spread the remaining lemon mixture on top of the crust, sprinkle with coconut and set in the fridge for 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve!

I can’t wait to have one of these for dessert tonight! 🙂
Hope you enjoy these as well!
Pam

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