These Frozen Lemon Poppy Bars Are the Ultimate Warm Weather Treat

July 2, 2015

On a sweltering afternoon, the last thing you want is an over-the-top  dessert. These raw lemon poppy bars have just a hint of sweetness, countered by the tart lemon and crunchy poppy seeds.

Raw Lemon Poppy Bars

Yield: 12 slices
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Lemon Bar Ingredients

3 cups shredded coconut
4 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cashews
5 tablespoons poppy seeds

Frosting for Your Lemon Bars

1/2 cup coconut oil 
1/4 cup coconut butter
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup creamy raw honey

Candied lemon, for garnish (optional)

Lemon poppy bars

Line an 8 x 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper.

Place coconut, lemon zest and juice, coconut oil, honey, almond milk, vanilla powder, salt, and cashews in the bowl of a food processor and process until completely smooth. Stir in poppy seeds. Press mixture into prepared pan, pressing down evenly to pack tight. Place in freezer.

In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, butter, lemon juice, and raw honey. Remove pan from freezer and pour frosting on top. Cover with plastic wrap and place back in freezer for a minimum of 3 hours or until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, decorate with candied lemon slices and cut into slices.

Lemon poppy bars

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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