Bars - Luscious Lemon (nut-free)

Prep Time

20 min

Prep Notes

tip: Grind the sunflower seeds in a blender or coffee grinder. Sift and discard any large fragments before measuring. Blanched almond flour may also be used in place of the ground sunflower seeds.

As always, line your baking pan to protect you from the metal properties in the pan.

Cooking Time

30 min


1 dozen servings


  • ½ cup finely ground raw sunflower seeds, sifted (60g)
  • ⅔ cup coconut flour, sifted (90g)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, plus more for greasing dish
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor. Process for 15 seconds to combine. Scrape down sides if necessary and pulse once or twice more until a dough forms.
  3. Lightly grease a 9×9 square baking dish with butter. Press the dough into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the dish.
  4. Prick the dough a few times all over with a fork then bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack while you prepare the filling.
  5. Whisk together all of the filling ingredients. Allow the coconut flour to absorb for 10 minutes, then whisk again until the filling is smooth. If there are any lumps of coconut flour, pass it through a mesh strainer.
  6. Pour the filling on top of the baked crust, and bake again for 15-20 minutes or until the center is set but slightly jiggly.
  7. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes then refrigerate until chilled.


The nut-free crust is sturdy like a shortbread and holds its own against the rich, creamy, gooey lemon filling. I dusted these with coconut flour for visual appeal, but it doesn’t really do much for the taste so you can either leave it off or splurge and dust them with organic evaporated powdered cane sugar.