Not Your Average Lemon Bars

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

These lemon bars are amazing!  Sweetened with honey and made with a whole wheat and oat base, they aren’t your average lemon bars, but they sure are delicious!

Lemon Bars

I’ve been so excited all weekend to post these!  Really and honestly, I’m so excited about this recipe.  It doesn’t look like much – lemon bars are everywhere and who doesn’t have a recipe for them?  But I’m so excited because I had no idea if this recipe would work.

I’m used to having to try a recipe a couple times to get it just right, but this one was perfect as it was the first time around even though I had to completely guess, as I was using a new-to-me ingredient.  I must have guessed just right because the filling in these is amazing – if I do say so myself!

Lemon Bars

 

Notice how I said all weekend?  That’s right, these were made last week, and since then I’ve been picking raspberries like crazy, not to mention today, trying to keep up with everything that seems to explode on Monday out of nowhere.

Picking berries all morning was not the brightest idea I’ve ever had especially since I wanted to post these, like yesterday.  But in any case, here they are.  They may not be as exciting to everyone else as they were to me but get your fill of non-raspberry sweets now because I think raspberries are all you will see for the next couple weeks 😀

Lemon Bars

 

I also quickly want to mention that last week I received a 25$ gift certificate from Swanson Health Products to try a few things.  I’ve been very happy with everything I’ve received.  One thing I ordered was brown rice flour, which I’ve really been enjoying and can’t wait to incorporate into more things.  It works perfectly in these bars to keep the filling super smooth and although I’m sure other flours can be used, I love that the brown rice flour didn’t add any undesirable flavors or textures to the filling of my bars.

I’ve also just tried xantham gum in my smoothies and I love the texture it gives them, I’ll be adding it in all my smoothies from now on.  I also tried a few more things that I hope to try out in the next few days 🙂

Also, just a quick mention that if you also have a blog and want to review some of the products that Swanson carries check out this page about doing your own review.

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
Ingredients
Oat Shortbread Base:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat or any brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk optional
Lemon Filling:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour alternatively whole wheat pastry flour or all purpose flour will work
Instructions
Oat Shortbread Base:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 8x8 pan.
  2. Take half the oats and grind in a blender or mini-food processor till fairly finely ground.  Set aside till later.  Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, then add the oats, ground oats and flour and beat until everything is incorporated.  Add the milk only if needed to get the dough to stick together as coconut sugar and sucanat can be fairly dry sugars where regular brown sugar doesn't have that same effect. Be careful not to add too much milk if using any at all as the dough should be very dry and crumbly, but should stick together when pressed.
  3. Press into the prepared pan and poke with a fork a few times before putting in the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden and until the top isn't oily looking anymore.  The shortbread will not be completely cooked at this point.  Remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes while preparing the lemon filling.
Lemon Filling:
  1. Whisk together all the filling ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Pour over the already baked oat shortbread and return the pan to the 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.  The edges will brown fairly quickly but don't worry.  Once the filling is set and doesn't jiggle anymore it's done.  Remove it from the oven and cool before serving with a light dusting of powdered sugar over top if desired.
Recipe Notes

Oat shortbread base recipe slightly adapted from Carrots N Chocolate

 

Lemon Bars

 

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1 Jeneique March 13, 2013 at

Love these bars! I made two diffrent batches your recipe and another. Your recipe won me over:) I added a little more lemon juice and lemon zest . They came out amazing! I would double the the lemon filling 🙂 . Thank you for this recipe. This is my go to recipe for lemon bars

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2 athena August 1, 2011 at

i’ve been really craving lemon anything lately; i think lemon bars are in my near future… lovely pics 🙂

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3 Aubrey July 30, 2011 at

These look so delicious! The yellow of the lemon is so vibrant, and I just love oatmeal crusts.

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4 Angela G. (Adesina's Kitchen) July 27, 2011 at

That crust looks ridiculously good! And the lemon topping is a bright ray of sunshine. I will definitely be making these soon 🙂

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5 sally July 27, 2011 at

Yum! I love love love lemon bars! These look fantastic and I like the oat base.

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6 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 27, 2011 at

I love lemon-flavored treats and these are so pretty!

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7 dulcie @ two tarts July 27, 2011 at

Yum! The oat shortbread base sounds really delicious.

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8 anda July 27, 2011 at

Whoa!! Those look absolutely phenomenal! And I don’t mind at all the raspberry avalanche. Bring it on!:)

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9 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) July 27, 2011 at

How perfect for Summer, love the lemon 😀

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10 Amy @ Gastronome Tart July 27, 2011 at

I have a major love affair with all things lemon in desserts. Sure, as you mentioned lemon bars are everywhere. But, not every lemon bar is created equal! These look delicious!

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11 Rawkinmom July 27, 2011 at

I used to love the boxed lemon bar mixes!!! I haven’t had them in years though!! These look way better….very creamy looking!!!

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12 Dinks July 27, 2011 at

Gosh, these look yummy! I reckon my dad would really like these as he loves lemon meringue pie and lemon curd. Will definitely be making these for him next time I see him although I might try to make a gluten free base. Thanks you!

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13 Liz @ iheartvegetables July 26, 2011 at

I always put xanthan gum in my smoothies! It makes them so thick and tasty!!!

Those lemon bars look really tasty!

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14 kankana July 26, 2011 at

Can u believe I never had a lemon bar ..but now that i at it I want to make it .. looks so delicious.

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15 Marsha @ The Harried Cook July 26, 2011 at

I LOVE lemon bars… and these look phenomenal! I could probably polish off more than half the tray single-handedly! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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16 Reeni July 26, 2011 at

Your lemon bars look nothing short of heavenly! I love the oat crust too!

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17 Lauren July 26, 2011 at

I am a lemon freak. These would not last long at my house. YUM.

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18 DessertForTwo July 26, 2011 at

Lemon bars are one of my alltime favorite desserts. We’re so lemony this week 😉

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19 Carissa July 26, 2011 at

Lemons are so refreshing for summer eats! I love lemon curd so I know I’d love these bars.

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20 Maria @ Scandifoodie July 26, 2011 at

These look beautiful – I love citrusy desserts!

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21 Jenn July 26, 2011 at

Hi Heidi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Those lemon bars looks yummy – love the 1st photo.

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22 anncoo July 26, 2011 at

What a gorgeous lemon bars! Looks so delicious with that pretty lemon color. love it!

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23 Kaitlin July 26, 2011 at

Not exciting? Lemon bars are ALWAYS exciting! The crust for this sounds great (I love whole wheat flour, but it’s certainly under-utilized in my kitchen), and I’m intrigued about the brown rice flour in the filling. Thanks for sharing!

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24 Joanne July 26, 2011 at

The tart sweetness of lemon bars never fails to get some drool dripping down my chin! I’m so glad these worked out! They look super delicious.

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25 Claudie July 26, 2011 at

Your lemon bars definitely do not look like the average ones 🙂 They’re really tempting me!

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26 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 26, 2011 at

These lemon bars do look great, I like that thick crust!

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27 Angie@Angiesrecipes July 26, 2011 at

Those lemon bars look wonderful! The filling is extremely tempting.

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28 Maris(In Good Taste) July 26, 2011 at

I share in your excitement because these look fabulous!

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29 Reese@SeasonwithSpice July 26, 2011 at

This looks lovely, Heidi. Perfect for a summer party. Look forward to seeing your raspberry recipes. Yum!

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30 Sarah July 25, 2011 at

They look great and it’s so timely as I was only looking at lemon curd in the shop today and thinking I wanted to make some.
I’ve saved the recipe and look forward to making them!

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31 Ellena July 25, 2011 at

Gorgeous Lemon Bar you have over there. This is always one of my favourite tea-snack to go with a cup of good English tea. Shall give your recipe a go once i get some lemon!!!

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32 Pure2raw Twins July 25, 2011 at

yum lemon bars! we love anything with lemon! We have done a lemon bar before – I believe based out of cashews and remembering it being delicious. Your filling looks so creamy – yum!

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33 Jess@Healthy Exposures July 25, 2011 at

hehe…i don’t have a go-to lemon bar recipe 😉 i think i might now, though. these look great! love the oaty shortbread base.

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34 Charissa July 25, 2011 at

Oh my….this looks sinfully delicious. I kinda want to just have a whole plateful…to share, OF COURSE. (I just lied.) haha

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