Keto Lemon Bars

I am not keen on lemons, though I have to have a slice of lemon in my earl grey morning tea. In a heartbeat, I would choose a chocolate flavor dessert over a lemon one. However, this week was a slight change in my mind. And that was after I tried my friend’s lemon bars. They were so good and rich in flavor. I could taste the combination of butter and lemon, and for me, it was unexpectedly delicious. All week, I was looking forward to the weekend to make it as well. Of course, my version of the lemon bars contains no added sugar and is low on carbs. It was also an opportunity to spoil myself with a brand new baking dish for the occasion.

Preparation time: ~15 minutes. Baking time: ~40 minutes.

INGREDIENTS: ~ 16 servings

Base:

  • Butter, unsalted  – 60 grams, melted
  • Baking powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Monk fruit sweetener – 1/4 cup
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon zest – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond flour- 2 cups
  • Egg – 1 large

Lemon Filling:

  • Almond flour- 1/4 cup
  • Eggs – 6 large
  • Fresh lemon juice -1/2 cup (from one medium lemon)
  • Stevia powder- 1/4 cup
  • Lemon zest – 1 teaspoon

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt the butter (I do it in a saucepan and then remove from heat) and stir in monk fruit, pure vanilla extract, baking powder, lemon zest, and almond flour. Mix well and stir in an egg. Mix till a moist dough texture is formed. Line a baking paper on the bottom of a square pan ( 8″x8″) and grease with coconut oil. With fingers press the dough to the baking paper. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

 

In a large bowl, combine stevia powder, 1/4 cup almond flour, eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Pour the mixture on the baked base crust and bake for an additional 25 minutes at 350°F.  Turn off the heat and let it cool in the oven for about 15-30 minutes before slicing to 16 squares.

One Keto Lemon bar is about 4.4 g of carbs (out of the 4.4 g carbs, 1.7 g is fiber so about 2.7 g digestible carbs), 11.3 g of fat, and ~146 calories, most of the calories come from fat.

Keto Lemon Bars 15Bon Appetit!

29 thoughts on “Keto Lemon Bars

  1. I’m like you – chocolate wins hands down for me, but there’s something quite refreshing about trying something a bit different from time to time. These look very light and delicious, with a touch of zing. It’s amazing that there’s no added sugar. I’ve also never used monk fruit sweetener, ever, so that’s a new one to me. Yum yum!
    Caz xx

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    1. I agree, when you try something different, it is like stretching your thinking, and it takes you way out of the familiar comfort zone. I ditched the sugar a few years ago, so I am adjusting my cooking around it. I think that monk fruit is not approved in Europe, but it is quite a common sugar substitute in North America. Thank you for your lovely comment! Kisses, Svet.

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  2. January 2020 article…. EU will soon decide on monk fruit based sweetener. Decision expected late 2020/early 2021, so probably quite a wait yet! Not quite sure why many other places have approved it but not the EU, though I’m not surprised as so many things have been taken away by EU regulations (including the best spot cream I’ve ever tried 😂 !)

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    1. Well, several months ago when I just started using monk fruit, I actually wrote to the Canadian government about the use of it to make sure it is safe since it wasn’t approved in Europe. And I got a response (after a month) that it had undergone a safety assessment and was safe to use in-home use including baking. Not sure why it takes so long in the EU to approve it.

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  3. I love lemon flavored anything. Unfortunately, I am the only person in my house that does. Not long ago I made this delicious blueberry lemon bread, which required quite a bit of extra steps than, say, easy bread like banana. It was so good, but no one but me ate it due to the lemon flavor.

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    1. I hear you, Kim! There are certain things that I invest so much time in it and in the end, I also end up eating it by myself. A few weeks ago I made keto bread from freshly ground sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and lots of other healthy ingredients but my family refused to eat the bread too. So I am not making that one any time soon. Nice to know that you like lemon flavour 🙂

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  4. Svet, these look incredible!! We are big-time lemon lovers in our home, which came as a surprise to me, as I had always favored chocolate in years past. I guess it’s true that our tastebuds change over the years. 😊

    The changes you’ve made to this recipe to make it Keto friendly are very interesting. Any time we can turn a yummy recipe into an even healthier yummy recipe is a win in my book! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this. ♥

    Sending love and blessings your way. I hope your weekend is amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Holly! I also favored chocolate in the past, however, in my case perhaps the longing to try something new and unfamiliar contributed to the lemon dessert. I agree that any time you can do a small change and make it healthier you should go for it. Sending love and blessing too. And have a good weekend! Svet

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