Published on 1st February 2017


Credit: Courtesy of Angelique Panagos | London Nutritionist | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

We think these lemon bars would make a lovely treat for mums this Mother’s Day – especially if served with a cup of tea and a few hours off! Just remember, although these bars are free from refined sugar, they are sweetened with dates so should still be eaten in moderation!

Ingredients - crust:

  • 6 soft pitted dates, soaked in boiled water
  • 2 heaped tbsp ground flaxseed 
  • 75g pecans
  • 95g walnuts 
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 to 12 tbsp of water

Ingredients - topping:

  • 100g unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 90g coconut oil, melted
  • 9 large soft pitted dates, soaked in boiled water
  • Zest of 3 unwaxed lemons
  • Fresh lemon juice of 4 lemons
  • 2 tsp turmeric 
  • 3 tbsp maca powder (optional)
  • 2 cups coconut milk

 Method - crust:

  • In a food processor, chop the dates, ground flaxseed, walnuts and pecans.
  • Add salt and 3 to 5 tbsp of water to achieve a dough-like consistency. If using a blender add up to 12 tbsp of water. It’s best to add the water gradually, so the mix doesn’t end up too wet.
  • Line a traybake tin with parchment paper. Press the dough mixture into the base of the tin, pressing down firmly. You may need to wet your hands slightly while doing so.
  • Place in the fridge to chill while you make the topping.

 Method - topping:

  • Soak dates in freshly boiled water and allow to stand.
  • In a blender, add the cashew nuts and coconut milk and blend until smooth.
  • Drain the dates and add to the blender together with the coconut oil, turmeric and desiccated coconut. Blend further.
  • To this, add the lemon juice, maca powder (if using) and lemon zest and blend until smooth. The mixture should have a creamy consistency.
  • Pour the lemon mixture over the crust and let this set in the freezer until firm (about 1 to 2 hours).
  • Transfer to the fridge around an hour before you are ready to eat.
  • Cut into bars, storing leftovers in the freezer.


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