Vegan Lemon Bard on a wooden cutting board.

Scrumptious Vegan Lemon Bars – So Creamy and Easy to Make

Soft, delicate and creamy Vegan Lemon Bars seducing with fresh citrus flavor – perfect refreshing dessert.

You can prepare them in under an hour. This is a little healthier version of Lemon Bars. Instead of traditional butter crust I prepared soft oats and banana bottom. I also added cocoa, because.. why not?

Oat and banana crust was adapted from this Chocolate Chip Banana Bars that I’m sure you will like too.

Why do those Vegan Lemon Bars?

  • sweet but also citrus fresh
  • crust made of healthy ingredients
  • easy to prepare
  • creamy and delicate
  • nut-free, dairy-free
  • easily made gluten free is using GF oats

Soft, zingy, delicious Vegan Lemon Bars on a healthy crust.

Vegan Lemon Bars

Recipe by VegnFitCourse: DessertCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Baking time

25

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

Soft, delicate and creamy Vegan Lemon Bars seducing with fresh citrus flavor – perfect refreshing dessert.

Ingredients

  • FOR CAKE BASE
  • 2 small bananas (very ripe)

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • FOR LEMON CURD
  • 3 cups plant based milk (I used soy unsweetened)

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 6 tbsp corn starch (or potato starch)

  • peel from 1 lemon (or more if you like)

  • 3 tsp agar agar powder

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional, only for color)

  • SPRINKLE
  • 4 tbsp grated dark chocolate

Directions

  • In a bowl smash bananas using fork. They should form mushy pulp. Add cocoa and maple syrup and mix.
  • Add rolled oats and mix everything well.
  • Spread the oat crust on a tray or oven dish lined with baking paper and bake for 25 minutes in 200°C / 390°F.

    Baking dish I used is 14 x 21 cm / 5.5 x 8.25 inch.Healthy vegan crust before baking.
  • To a pot with thick bottom add soy milk, sugar, corn starch, agar agar and orange peel (and turmeric if using). Mix everything well, so there are no starch lumps.
    Put the pot on a stove (medium heat) and add lemon juice – you will see your mixture thickening a little.
  • Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until the lemon curd thickens considerably. Stir gently all the time, so that bottom doesn’t burn.
  • Take your crust out of the oven and pour hot curd on top.
  • Leave everything to cool down. Transfer to the fridge for the curd to thicken properly. Leave for 1-2 hours or overnight.Cooled down lemon curd.
  • Take it out of the fridge, cover with grated dark chocolate or powdered sugar. Cut into square or rectangular bars.

Notes

  • It’s best to prepare this dessert one day ahead, as it is much easier to cut Lemon Bars once they rested in the fridge.

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OTHER VERSIONS OF VEGAN LEMON BARS

If you want to use more traditional crust here is one idea for Easy Vegan Crust Recipe, but I encourage you to try this oat healthy crust too.

For the lemon bars topping, if you want your dessert even sweeter, you can use powdered sugar instead of grated dark chocolate.

Other recipes for delicious sweets with citruses:

Vegan Orange Cake

Vegan Lemon Bars on a black plate.

Ingredients in Vegan Lemon Bars

FRESH LEMON JUICE

You need fresh lemons to prepare this dessert. Bottled juice just won’t do! Fresh lemon juice is the reason why those bars taste so good. Lemon zest is also important. You can add more lemon peel than in the recipe. It is quite pungent ingredient, but if you like strong citrus flavor than go ahead.

Vegan Lemon Bars and lemon on black plate.

COCOA AND DARK CHOCOLATE

Cocoa in the crust adds a bit of chocolatey hint, which in my opinion works perfectly with citrus flavors (chocolate and orange is classic, isn’t is?). Grated dark chocolate on top is a perfect finish here.

AGAR AGAR

If you don’t have agar agar powder, you can still do lemon bars without it. They will be less firm and a bit harder to cut. Agar agar will also keep them firm in a warmer temperature.

Vegan Lemon Bars with lemon.

How to store Vegan Lemon Bars?

You can store the bars in air tight container in the fridge for about 5 days. You can freeze them too, then pack each bar separately and unfreeze when you feel like a sweet citrus treat.

Let me know if you liked those Vegan Lemon Bars! Please share the recipe on Pinterest and Yummly!

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9 thoughts on “Scrumptious Vegan Lemon Bars – So Creamy and Easy to Make”

  1. I love these vegan lemon bars! Everything is so easy to make.. waiting for it all to cool in the fridge is the hardest part!

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