Strawberry Lemon Bars have three delicious layers! A shortbread crust, strawberry lemon jam, and a crumb topping are sure to please anyone. These yummy bars are irresistible and no one will ever guess they are grain-free, Paleo, and Vegan!
If ever there were a perfect pairing for dessert (besides my beloved chocolate + coffee flavor), it would most definitely be strawberries and lemon. These light, fruity, and delicious bars are just what you need to get in the spring time mood. Bursting with subtle hints of lemon and a homemade and super easy flavorful strawberry jam, these bars also have a delicious texture of a crumb topping.
True statement: I never make desserts with lemon. I love lemon in savory dishes, and with a glass of water in the morning, but with dessert? Nah, I’ll stick with chocolate.
I have kind of deprived my family of any lemon desserts, and they know it. It’s usually the first thing they order for dessert if we’re out somewhere, or the first dessert they will snag at a social gathering.
So when my daughter asked me if I had any lemon desserts she could try baking, I had to think about it for about 2 seconds before replying, “nope”.
She told me we needed to fix that, and all other members of the family agreed.
We set to work making these Strawberry Lemon Bars with a crumb topping. They are similar to my Raspberry Crumb bars, but have lemon infused into the shortbread, and into the jam. We all loved the way these came out!
Even this chocoholic enjoyed a few of these bars and didn’t even miss the chocolate. Something about the spring time gets me excited for berry season, and these bars are the perfect spring time treat!
Strawberry Lemon Bars
For the crust:
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
For the filling:
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
For the crumb topping:
- 1 cup walnuts (or nut of choice)
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Begin by making your filling, this has a jam consistency. In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup and lemon zest. Heat to a medium to medium high heat, until mixture begins to bubble. Let bubble for 1-2 minutes, then lower heat to a simmer. While simmering, be sure to mash the berries with a wooden spoon. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, remove from heat. Add in chia seeds. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a glass jar or dish, and place in the fridge to cool completely. This will take about 1 hour, but you can also make the filling and let sit overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. To make your crust, combine all crust ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until a dough like texture forms. Press the crust into an 8x8 pan, evenly distributing. Place in the oven and bake for 15 mins. Set aside and cool. Leave oven on.
While crust is cooling, make the crumb mixture. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly.
Once crust is cooled, spread the jam filling over the crust. Complete by topping with the crumb mixture. Now bake for 20-22 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, cut into squares.