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Easy Gluten-free Vegan Lemon Bars (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, AIP)

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  • Author: Nicole Charles
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy Gluten-free Vegan Lemon Bars recipe is nut-free, egg-free, paleo and AIP diet complaint. A crispy grain-free, dairy-free shortbread crust is topped with a rich, bright lemon filling for a perfectly sweet, tangy, and delicious Spring treat.


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Lemon Filling

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 4 TBSP arrowroot starch
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch of turmeric (for color, optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cassava and arrowroot flour, baking soda, salt, palm shortening or coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until a soft dough forms.
  3. Press dough into lined baking pan in a smooth even layer and bake in middle rack of oven for 13-14 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool as you make the filling.


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, maple sugar, coconut cream and arrowroot starch, salt and turmeric. Keep stirring until the mixture begins to thicken.*
  2. Once thick, spread the filling over the crust in an even layer and return to oven to bake 15 minutes further.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating 2 hours to set completely, or overnight, if desired.
  4. Dust the tops of the squares with arrowroot starch, if desired (this is purely for an aesthetic component in lieu of powdered sugar which is not Paleo) 


*Ensure the filling does not fully boil at a high temperature for a continued period, as the arrowroot starch will begin to lose its thickening properties. Keep whisking the filling over medium heat, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American