These are the best gluten free lemon bars you will ever eat. Grain free and dairy free these gluten free lemon bars with cranberry are also paleo. These lemon bars are easy to make and made extra special with the addition of cranberry.
Growing up I never liked lemon desserts. I was all about chocolate desserts instead. I remember my mom loving all things lemon and just didn’t understand it. Well 20 years later and here we are, I’ve turned into a lemon dessert lover. I’d like to think that means my taste is just more refined now, but in reality I think it just means I’m getting old. But you know what? I’m totally alright with that if it means I get to enjoy these Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Cranberry. Because they are delicious. Really, really delicious. Like I bet you can’t eat just one delicious.
I’ve actually been holding on to the recipe for these Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Cranberry for months. Not intentionally, but I’ve just been so busy I never had a chance to publish the recipe. I initially served these bars at a Beautycounter event I held back in November and they were a huge hit. I’ve had people asking me for the recipe ever since. The sweet lemon layer pairs perfectly with the slightly tart cranberry layer to make these gluten free lemon bars one of the best desserts you will ever eat. I appreciate your patience, and I hope the wait for these Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Cranberry was worth it!
What makes these gluten free lemon bars with cranberry so good:
- The gluten free lemon crust is so, so delicious! Moist and crumbly all at the same time you would never know it’s grain free.
- They don’t contain any grains or dairy so these gluten free lemon bars are also paleo.
- The contrast of the sweet lemon crust with the slightly tart cranberries makes the perfect flavour combination.
- These bars are surprisingly easy to make.
- They are a healthy alternative to most other lemon bars that are filled with refined sugar and grains.
What makes these gluten free lemon bars with cranberry healthy (or healthier than other lemon bars anyways):
- They don’t contain any refined sugar and are sweetened only with honey.
- They are grain free and dairy free so besides being paleo, they are also much easier on your gut than lemon bars made with grains.
- They are filled with healthy fats from the coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut manna.
How to make gluten free lemon bars with cranberry:
You’re going to love how easy and quick these are to make.
First you will preheat your oven to 350F. Next, add all the ingredients for the lemon crust into your standing mixer. Blend on low until the batter is smooth. Then transfer the ingredients to a greased 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish and spread the dough evenly with a knife or a spoon. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean.
While the lemon layer is baking, you can make the cranberry layer.
To make the cranberry layer place a medium sized pot on the stove on low heat. Add the cranberries, coconut milk, coconut oil, honey and sea salt to the pot and bring the ingredients to a boil. Turn down the heat and allow the ingredients to simmer for ~15 minutes.
When the lemon crust is done baking, pour the cranberry topping on top and spread evenly with a spoon or knife. Then place the dish in the fridge and allow the cranberry layer to set (takes about 60 minutes).
You also have the option of adding a little coconut manna to the top of your bars (this is the white part that you see in the photos). If you would like to do that, melt 3 tablespoons of coconut manna in the microwave (heat on high for 20-30 seconds). Then simply drizzle the coconut manna on top of the cranberry layer when you remove the bars from the fridge.
Next, cut the bars into desired sized pieces, then serve and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions about gluten free lemon bars:
- Do lemon bars need to be refrigerated? Yes I would suggest keeping these gluten free lemon bars in the fridge. I actually prefer them served cold rather than warm.
- Can you substitute almond flour for the coconut flour? No! Almond flour and coconut flour are not interchangeable.
- Can I substitute coconut flour for the almond flour? Again, definitely not!
- Can I omit the eggs? I have never tried this recipe without eggs so if you omit them or substitute them with chia eggs or gelatin eggs I cannot guarantee they will turn out.
- Is it OK to freeze lemon bars? Yes these gluten free lemon bars with cranberry freeze very well.
The tools and ingredients you will need to make these gluten free lemon bars with cranberry:
- Standing mixer (this Kitchenaid one is the one I have and love)
- Coconut flour
- Almond flour
- Coconut oil
- Coconut Manna
- 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish (remember, NEVER use any non-stick bake ware. It’s extremely bad for your health)
Other gluten free and paleo recipes you will love:
- Dairy Free Brownies with Caramel
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Chocolate Avocado Torte
- Chocolate Raspberry Cups
- Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts
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Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Cranberry (Paleo, SCD, GAPS)
These are the best gluten free lemon bars with cranberry that you will ever make. Easy and quick these lemon bars are also paleo and refined sugar free.
Lemon Crust Ingredients
Cranberry Topping Ingredients
Optional Coconut Manna Drizzle
- 3 tbsp coconut manna
Lemon Crust Directions
Preheat your oven to 350F
Place all the ingredients into your standing mixer and blend well until smooth
Grease an 8″x 8″ glass baking dish with coconut oil
Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly with a spoon or knife
Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean
Cranberry Topping Directions
While the lemon crust is baking start the cranberry topping
Place a medium pot on the stove on low heat
Add the cranberries, coconut milk, coconut oil, honey and sea salt to the pot and bring to a boil
Allow to simmer for ~15 minutes
Once the lemon crust is finished, pour the cranberry topping on top and spread evenly with a spoon or knife
Place the pan in the fridge to allow the topping to set (~60 minutes)
Optional Coconut Manna Drizzle Directions
Place the coconut manna into a microwave safe dish
Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds, until melted
Drizzle the melted coconut manna on top of the squares once you remove them from the fridge
Cut the squares into desired sized pieces
Serve and enjoy!
Note 1: Make sure to avoid all non-stick baking pans. Use glass instead.
Note 2: Use raw, local honey if possible to maximize the health benefits.
Note 3: If you don't have coconut manna, you can also use coconut butter or coconut cream concentrate (these are all the same things, but different brands use different names).