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Vegan Lemon Bars

  • Author: Brittany Mueller
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes + chilling time
  • Yield: 1 (9x13) pan 1x
  • Category: Desserts and Baking
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegan


These vegan lemon bars have a simple shortbread crust and a tangy-sweet lemon layer topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.


  • Approximately 3 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup (230 grams) vegan butter
  • ½ cup (60 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour

Lemon Layer

  • ½ cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (35 grams) cornstarch
  • ¾ cup (185 ml) canned coconut cream or full fat coconut milk*
  • 1 cup (215 grams) sugar
  • ½ cup (115 grams) vegan butter (like Earth Balance or Melt)
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Pinch turmeric


Shortbread Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together vegan butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Gradually mix in the flour to create a soft dough. Do not over mix.
  4. Press the dough into the bottom of your baking dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Prepare the filling as the crust bakes.

Lemon Layer

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the lemon juice and cornstarch to make a slurry. Make sure there are no lumps. Whisk in the coconut milk and add the sugar, vegan butter, lemon zest, and salt.
  2. Turn heat to medium and stir until the sugar and butter melts. Whisk in the turmeric, adding a small pinch at a time, until you achieve a light yellow colour.
  3. Cook the filling, whisking constantly. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to prevent lumps. Cook the filling until it’s thick and slightly translucent (about 15 minutes total). Once the filling begins to bubble, test it for doneness by stirring it and quickly removing your whisk - once the lines from your whisk stay visible for 7-10 seconds after pulling it out, the filling is thick enough.
  4. Pour the lemon filling over the shortbread crust. Set bars aside to cool slightly before chilling, uncovered. Once chilled, slice lemon bars. Dust with powdered sugar just prior to serving.


  • *Canned coconut milk can be substituted with creamy non-dairy milks such as oat, cashew, soy, (or light canned coconut milk/coconut milk in a carton that's intended for drinking).

Keywords: vegan lemon bars, vegan lemon squares