• Raj @ Flip Cookbook

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I love coconut bars — these lemon coconut bars look awesome! The ziplist lunch sounds like fun. Hoping I can make it.

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  • Jeanine

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

    These look fantastic, Amy! And I’m not a fan of coconut either, but I’d probably have a piece (or 3). ;) I’m sorry I have to miss your chat tomorrow, if I got involved, I’d probably miss getting my kid to the school bus on time (he’s afternoon’s only). Have fun though!

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  • judie

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Oh if only they could be made egg free as well.

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    Olive Reply:

    @judie,

    you could try a flax substitute!

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/flaxseed-egg-substitute.html

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  • Kalynskitchen

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Congratulations on the cookbook Amy. Mine came in the mail and I’m really looking forward to checking it out! The lemon coconut bars look amazing. I’m not a big coconut lover but I’m really thinking I would like it in these.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kalynskitchen, Hi Kalyn!

    Thanks for looking at my book. I’m excited to hear what you think about it. It’s a little nerve wracking to have one of my blogging idols see my work but I’d love to hear any feedback you have.

    I used the coconut because I don’t eat powdered sugar. They needed something to finish them, and really the coconut flavor is so mild. You can barely taste it. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Candi Elm

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    With the coconut sugar and honey, how do you figure out the glycemic index? I am also curious about the eggs since it says dairy free. Can you use enerG replacer and have it still work?
    I am making them tomorrow.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Candi Elm, Hi Candi,

    Eggs aren’t dairy. A lot of people think they are because they’re in the same case at the grocery store. And, I wouldn’t have a clue how to figure out the glycemic index of these. I don’t ever worry about it. I just thought that the honey would play nicely with the lemon and the coconut. You can most certainly use agave instead.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Iris

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Lemon squares are truly my favorite dessert, and it’s been so long since I’ve had one…those photos get my taste buds going!

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  • Stephanie Mckenzie

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    One of my husband’s favorite desserts is Lemon bars, I will have to make this for him! Thank you for making processed sugar free versions of our favorite foods, you are a life savior in every way!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Stephanie Mckenzie, Hi Stephanie!

    I just checked out your blog – you have the kindest heart! I loved your review of Silvana’s book. :) I just spoke to a group of hearing impaired senior citizens last week and I had the best time. I took them these lemon bars along with Carrot Cupcakes and my Apple Carrot Breakfast cake. They gobbled them all up. :)

    Sending big hugs,
    Amy

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    Stephanie Mckenzie Reply:

    Aww, thanks Amy! I bet those senior citizens were on cloud nine eating your goodies!

    I’m planning on doing something new on my blog…dedicating a week to a particular gluten free cookbook (I have a lot of them, including yours)and Silvana will be my first one for next week. I’ll be trying out different recipes from her book and posting pic’s of the final results so people can drool :) Yours will be next in a couple of weeks! I’m excited, it will be fun and I hope helpful to those I am promoting.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Stephanie Mckenzie, Well, I shared your post on Twitter so I’m sure Silvana will see it. :) She’ll be so pleased. Let me know about your reviews…I’d love to see them.

    Hugs,
    Amy

  • Jen

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    These look FABULOUS! I love anything citrus, and the addition of coconut doubtless makes them even better. I’ll have to find all of these flours and whip this up. Yum.

    The Earl Grey cookies look good, too…I must be in a “sweets” mood today.

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  • Maggie

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I would love to have one of these right now! They sound amazing Amy. I love the list of ingredients, especially in the crust!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maggie, Hi Maggie! Yes, the crust is really good with the addition of sunflower seeds. Yummy! (Not egg-free yet, but maybe I’ll figure that out…)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Christine

    posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I love the combination of lemon and coconut. Yum. As I was reading through the recipe, I could almost taste these…

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  • Sarah

    posted on April 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I’m not a huge coconut fan, but those sound incredible. I’ll eat pretty much anything lemon flavored. My favorite. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  • Nicole@GFonaShoestring

    posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hi, Amy,
    I’ve been looking for an excuse to bake with coconut oil. There’s been so much talk about it these days in the news.
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!
    Warm regards,
    Nicole

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nicole@GFonaShoestring, Enjoy! I think you’ll love them, Nicole.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Alissa @ Not Just Apples

    posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Yummy – delicious and healthy sweets!

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  • Angel7

    posted on April 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Those lemon coconut bars look oh-so-yummy! Anything that is a healthy + yummy combo, I am all for!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Theresa

    posted on April 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I am a recent lurker of your blog. My son has recently gone sugar, gluten and dairy free. And, so, likewise has the rest of our family for the most part (I have 3 kids). I made these bars tonight (didn’t have the palm sugar so I used agave). It worked ok, but I am guessing the palm sugar would have helped the crust bind a bit better. I loved the custard though.

    Thank you so so much for this blog, I need all the help I can get. I really enjoy baking and cooking for my family and your blog has helped me on this journey of not making my 5 year old feel like he is missing out too much.

    Thank you so so very much. And my son thanks you too :o)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Theresa, Hi Theresa,

    Yes, the agave would have made the crust too soft. You can get coconut palm sugar from iHerb.com and if you use coupon code SIR086 you can get $5 off your first order – then you’d just have to pay $4 for shipping and the product would be free.

    If you can eat regular brown sugar I think it should work nearly the same way as the coconut palm sugar. I’m just guessing, though, because I can’t eat it.

    And, thank you for sharing that my blog helps you. It’s always an honor when someone takes my recipes into their kitchen and cooks them. So glad your son is enjoying them too!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Debbie

    posted on April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I have fond memories of lemon bars and since being sugar-free I haven’t had one in…wow, decades! The memory is still strong, because I can still remember exactly how they tasted. After seeing this beautiful picture, I will be thinking about these all day. I think it’s great that you have made healthy changes to these that I think I could adapt them to fit my diet. Hmm…maybe lemon bars will be in the near future! Thanks, Amy!

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  • Christianne

    posted on April 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Going to try these tonight! Two of my very flavorites, coconut and lemon!

    Unrelated to cooking can anyone out there tell me how to change the icon from this green design to a picture? I went to my gmail and put on a profile picture but it didn’t seem to work….no biggie, just incase someone has a simple answer.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christianne, Hi Christianne! Let me know what you think about the bars.

    You can get a gravatar here:

    http://en.gravatar.com/

    That’s how you get the picture to change. Have fun!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    Christianne Reply:

    @Amy, The bars are amazing- light and not too sweet. My crust was a bit crumbly and I lost some from the baking dish to the serving plate. I’m sure it was just me though. Perhaps i pulsed too much.
    Thanks for teaching me about the gravatar …
    Oh and the lemon squares really do melt in your mouth!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christianne, Mine didn’t come out of the pan perfectly but it wasn’t a noticeable issue. So maybe you didn’t pulse too much after all. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

  • Alta

    posted on April 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    These look so good! I saw you posted the recipe a few days ago, and before I even got a chance to really read it, my sister-in-law forwarded it to me asking if she could find the ingredients at Sprouts – she wanted to make it! :) You’re immensely popular – of course, these lemon coconut bars would up popularity to a great degree. They look SO good.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, You’re a hoot, Alta. I don’t think of myself as popular, nor do I feel that way. :) I do hope your sister-in-law found the ingredients she needed. I don’t think Sprouts carries sorghum anymore. It’s at Whole Foods & Central Market.

    Hugs!

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  • Rhonda

    posted on April 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    We’re allergic to almonds…is there a good alternative for almond milk? Would coconut milk work?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Rhonda, You can use any non-dairy milk. Coconut milk is much thicker than almond milk, though, so the results will be different. Can you use hemp or rice milk?

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Kirbi

    posted on April 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Amy! I love your website!! I just made your triple berry grain free cake for my daughter’s first bday! It was a hit. I made a homemade strawberry reduction and spread it between two of the cakes (I just doubled and split in two pans) and topped it with homemade whipped cream and everyone raved! I even used goat milk because that is what I had versus the 1%. ANWAYS…on these yummy bars…could I sub another flour like coconut or almond? I don’t really use sorghum. Is it grain free? I love the ingredients for the filling! I guess I could always adapt with another pie crust recipe?

    THANKS SO MUCH!
    Kirbi

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kirbi, Sorghum is a grain. I don’t know how coconut flour would work because it soaks up much more liquid than sorghum. Almond flour could work but I think the crust might be a little too crumbly if you didn’t add something to help stabilize it.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Stephanie Mckenzie

    posted on April 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I made these Amy, they are so good, just the right sweetness too! I accidently added the shredded coconut to the filling mixture and blended it up in the food processor, still came out great though! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Stephanie Mckenzie, Fabulous, Stephanie! I just added the coconut on top because I don’t use powdered sugar. :) Glad to hear you like them.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Laura

    posted on April 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I have just recently found some of your recipes on line and I am sooooo grateful.

    I have been on a candida diet which pretty much eliminates you from eating every thing but vegetables and protein. So my search began for sugar free gluten free recipes to try to survive because vegetables alone just were getting a little to dull for me.

    One of my biggest challenges is sugar in any form wether from vegetables, fruit and even the alternatives to white sugar such as agave and honey. I do however use them in recipes and just limit the amount I get to eat. Sometimes only one slice of banana bread out of a baked loaf is all I get to enjoy but I know that my family who eats the rest is eating healthier.

    I am grateful for the recipes I have found on line and thank you so much for posting yours. I have tried your carrot muffins which were fabulous. I have to use other ingredients such as different flours from time to time because I don’t always have exactly what the recipe calls for but I have plenty of different flours on hand so I can usually get it to work. I don’t have xanthan gum but have found it to be a very popular item so I suppose I better get some.

    Some recipes I have ran across call for a choice of either tapioca starch, potato starch or corn starch. Do you prefer one over the other and is there a difference in baking with them?

    I am going to do some research and look for your cookbook. Do you sell it in stores anywhere?

    Again, thank you for posting recipes for those of us who are dependent on restricted diets.

    Bless you,
    Laura

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  • Laura

    posted on April 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    oh duh………I see the link for you cookbook :-]

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  • Krisine G

    posted on May 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I made the bars today and they were fantastic! My husband said they were “unbelievable”. I only wish there was more lemon filling and a little less crust.

    My crust did not fall apart nor was it crumbly. I adapted it a little based on previous comments about it being too crumbly. I added 2 Tbs of coconut flour, 2tsp Chia seeds, and 2 Tbs maple syrup (instead of the palm sugar since I didnt have any and prefer the taste of maple). I also used raw sunflower seeds and roasted them myself. The crust tasted very much like peanut butter… It was great.

    I also used 5 large eggs instead of 4 XL since I didnt have XL. 1/4 tsp stevia and a drop of vanilla since I didnt have vanilla stevia.

    The bars were perfectly sweetened which I loved and can feel good about!

    I made these for our anniversary today :) thanks they worked out perfectly!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Krisine G, So glad you like them…and thank you for sharing your adaptations. :) It always adds to the conversation. Never thought of adding coconut flour…will have to try that in my next crust.

    Happy Anniversary!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Karen

    posted on February 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I love the lemon bars – co-worker shared with me today! Do you know the calories per bar?

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  • Sharon

    posted on July 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I’m not a fan of sunflower seeds, could you suggest another option that would work?

    Thanks so much!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sharon, Choose any nut or seed that works for you. Have fun with it!

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  • LIZ

    posted on July 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Made these last night and they are fantastic! And they were even better today after spending the night in the refrigerator. I don’t really taste the coconut, even tho I am a coconut lover, but I love the tang of the lemon– reminds me of my grandma’s lemon meringue pie… so much much so that I’m going to try to find a sugar free meringue recipe to top it with! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @LIZ, Have you thought of using a combo of honey or agave and liquid stevia for your meringue? I’ve done it and it works great.

    Glad you like the bars!!

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  • Nicolette

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Hello Amy,
    OK, if sorghum flour is nowhere to be found, what would be your 2nd choice in the flour category? So far, no sorghum flour in the Paris area. Second question: what is the role of the xantham gum? I am also trying to substitute something for this as I’ve had no success in finding this one around here either. I HAVE to make these for our Easter brunch! I won’t be able to mail order in time. Any suggestions?
    P.S. This recipe will be the replacement for the old fashioned lemon bars recipe that my family adored: 2 c.white flour, 2 c. white sugar + 1/2 c. powdered sugar, etc. We need this new recipe!
    Thanks so much!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nicolette, If you can’t find xanthan gum can you find guar gum? They both help bind the ingredients, as gluten would do. You could also try ground chia meal but you’d need at least double the amount; maybe more. It’s hard to tell without testing the recipe.

    Can you get your hands on brown rice flour?

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  • Kris Purpura

    posted on May 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

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  • roe

    posted on April 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I forgot to cook the crust first! opps! we will see if it works out

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