Lemons. I love everything about them. The color, the taste, the smell, and especially their healing power! I typically start my morning off with warm lemon water. Later in the day I throw one into a fresh juice. I even use them on the stove to help freshen up the house. Rarely however, do I create recipes staring these luscious beauties.
These raw lemon squares are fairly easy to assemble but to take to set. Trust me though, the time is worth it. They turned out so creamy and delicious with a sweet, not overpowering, lemony taste.
Raw Lemon Coconut Squares:
For the Crust:
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 2 tbsp raw, organic honey (maple syrup if vegan)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- pinch of salt
For the Filling:
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 tbsp raw, organic honey (maple syrup or 1/4 cup packed and pitted dates if vegan)
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 1 whole organic lemon * (since using the peel too, it is crucial to use organic. If not the peel tons of bad things)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1 can organic full fat coconut milk, chilled in the fridge for at least 24 hours (I think this brand is the best)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- In a food processor, combine all the crust ingredients. Blend until well combined and nuts are very crumbly. Press into parchment paper lined tin (I used and 8×8). Place in freezer until filling is ready.
- For the filling, combine all ingredients except coconut milk in (high-powered) food processor. Pulse until well combined and lemon peel is combined with other ingredients.
- Add only the cream from the coconut milk. discard the remaining coconut milk/water. Blend until well mixed, but do not over mix.
- Spread filling over crust. (Mine was thick but a bit runny)
Now comes the tricky part. I froze mine over night, removed and defrosted for a couple of hours in the morning, then refrigerated until serving for afternoon desert. After freezing, they need defrosting, but just leaving them out made them also ice cream ish. The fridge turned them into little lemon creamy pillows. You can try going straight to the fridge, but I recommend planning ahead and following what I did. Whatever is left should be refidgerated.