Monster Lemon Bars

They look like monsters and have a MONSTER flavor. Lol. Yummy and fun and healthy! A triple win in my book.

These are basically lemon bars, but I was gifted a bunch of really fun Superfoods from Suncore and had to try them out. Also, I have to say- I loved what the Sapphire Wolfberry Powder added to the lemon. Very complimentary flavors 🤤 . It’s also what made this filling purple, which is oh so fun when you’re baking with kids. They’re pre-disposed to like something if they see what they’re making so something cool. But that’s just my two cents.

I love the Lemon Bar recipe from Minimalist Baker. I mean you can’t really go wrong with any of her recipes, but if I’m doing Lemon Bars, hers is my go-to recipe. I used that as my base, tweaked, added some Superfoods and went from there. I only say this because you can omit all of the superfoods and still have a delicious lemon bar, they just won’t be as festive or Super One Eyed Purple Monster-esque🤣❤️

INGREDIENTS:

Filling:

• 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight or in boiled water for 1hr, then drained)

• 1 cup coconut cream

• 2 Tbsp arrowroot

• 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)

• 1 Tbsp lemon zest

• 2tbsp Wolfberry Powder

• 1 pinch sea salt

• 1/3 honey

CRUST

• 1/2c quinoa flakes

• 1/2c hulled hemp seeds

• 1/2c almonds (or almond meal)

• 1/4c coconut flour

• 1/8c flax

• 1/4 tsp sea salt

• 2 Tbsp coconut sugar

• 1 Tbsp maple syrup

• 4-5 Tbsp MCT oil

Directions

1. Soak cashews in cold water overnight (or in boiling water for 1hr). Drain

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an muffin tins with cups or an 8X8 pan with parchment paper.

3. Add first 7 crust ingredients to a high speed blender and mix on until a fine meal is achieved.

4. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add maple syrup and melted coconut oil, starting with lesser end of range, adding more if it’s too dry. Stir with a spoon to combine until a loose dough is formed. You should be able to squeeze the mixture between two fingers and form a dough instead of it crumbling. If too dry, add a bit more oil.

5. Transfer mixture to parchment-lined baking pan or muffin tins and spread evenly. Press down firmly until it’s evenly distributed and well packed.

6. Bake for 15 minutes, then increase heat to 375 F and bake for 5-8 minutes more until the edges are golden brown and there is some browning on the surface. Remove from oven to cool slightly, then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (176 C).

7. For the filling: add soaked, drained cashews to a high speed blender with coconut cream, arrowroot starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, Wolfberry Powder, sea salt, and maple syrup. Mix on high until very creamy and smooth.

8. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. It should be very lemony, and not overly sweet.

9. Pour filling over the pre-baked crust and spread into an even layer. Tap on counter to remove any air bubbles.

10. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until the edges look very slightly dry and the center appears “jiggly” but not liquidy.

11. Let rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to refrigerator to let cool completely (uncovered) – at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. You could also put them in the freezer like I did… turns into more of a thick cheesecake type consistency

12. Top with an M&M eye and make a squiggly monster mouth.

My daughter and I really had a blast making these and we hope you do too! Be sure to let us know what you thought ❤️. We’d love to hear from you

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Cristina Petrini says:

    I like both the recipe and the result obtained. Little Monster sweet!

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  2. kumamonjeng says:

    I love the monster purple color, so interesting and the little dot seems like the eyes to me. I love it and it is easy and so creative.

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  3. These are adorable! I love lemon bars and haven’t had them in forever. My kids would love to have these.

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  4. These look so fun and perfect for Halloween! I like that they are healthy too!

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  5. Alvin says:

    Great idea. The kids will love to have this as their snack. I’ll go ahead and try to make them this coming Halloween.

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  6. It’s crazy to see purple lemon bars! So creative though and I LOVE lemon desserts!

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  7. Eli says:

    Oh wow what an awesome Halloween treat! I love lemon bars and love how you decorated these ones ! So cute and scary

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  8. oh, my! I totally love the color. My daughter would love to make something like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Catherine says:

    I love that these are healthy! That is the best part and they look so delicious and cute! Love this!

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  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    My kids will love this deliciously healthy treats! I love all the ingredients you used, especially the cashews. They’re my favorite.

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  11. keisha1989 says:

    I am curious to know how these lemon bars taste. I love that they are healthy.

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  12. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    Wow, these are so cute and healthy treats to prepare for kids on this Halloween, I am sure kids will def like it.

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  13. couponmamacita says:

    These are so good and healthy! I like seeing cute recipes like this that are good for kids.

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  14. Olya Aman says:

    Little healthy monsters. Such a cool idea)))) I love it absolutely) so much delicious fun for the kids.

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  15. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    How cute is that! I am also sure it is super delicious! nom nom nom!

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  16. Jasmine - Blogging and Living says:

    I love these!! I am going to have to make these for my nieces. They are perfect for Halloween.

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  17. NaturalBeautyAndMakeup(Ana) says:

    Wow, these lemon bars look so inviting, pretty and mouth-watering 😍😋 Not sure if I can make these but will try this recipe for sure!

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    1. Aww you totally could! Thanks!

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  18. These look so delicious. My sons and I will try making them.

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