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Lemon Squares (Paleo & Gluten Free)

Birds eye view of creamy lemon squares

You will love these luscious lemon squares! Full of zesty lemon flavour this easy dessert has a smooth and creamy lemon topping that is naturally sweetened with honey. These creamy lemon squares will melt in your mouth with the perfect sweet – tart balance.

These easy lemon squares make a great crowd pleaser  –  they are refreshing and light to eat – giving the taste buds a fresh burst of tangy lemon which goes perfectly with the creamy coconut milk and honey.

Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, paleo friendly with a vegan option (phew!) – these lemon squares are a dessert that you can comfortably take to pretty much any occasion with the knowledge that they not only taste good but are suitable for most to enjoy, including those with various intolerances and allergies.

We currently have lemons galore coming off our little tree so I am using these up in a variety of recipes as fast as I can – more lemon recipes are on their way!

Vertical photo of creamy lemon squares

Now….if you are like me and always looking for easy desserts then I promise you that these lemon squares definitely fall into the easy dessert category. The almond meal crust takes only 12 minutes to bake, once you have heated up the liquid ingredients you simply pour the liquid over the crust and leave to set – you can’t get much easier than that!

If you are looking for other easy and healthy paleo desserts you may like to try:

Mini Strawberry Tarts – Paleo & Vegan
Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
No Bake Pina Colada Slice
Raw Raspberry Tartlets

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Have a lovely week!


Additional Recipe Notes for making Lemon Squares

  1. If you wish to make these lemon squares vegan you can replace the honey with maple syrup, however the honey does give these squares a delicate hint of floral flavour that matches so well with the sharpness from the lemon. I used a good quality raw and unpasteurized wildflower honey from J.Friend and Co, New Zealand Artisan Honey which really gave these lemon squares a lovely flavour.
  2. In addition if you wish to make these vegan you can replace the gelatin with agar-agar. The results can vary depending on the brand you use or whether you use powder or flakes.
  3. I am a big fan of all things lemon, so when a recipes calls for lemons I like it to bursting with zesty lemon flavour. I have used half a cup of lemon juice in these lemon squares which really does give them a strong lemon kick. If you prefer your desserts to have a mild lemon flavour then start off with 1/4 cup of lemon juice, taste the liquid once you have added the lemon juice to the coconut milk mixture and add more lemon juice if desired.

Serves 12 squares

Lemon Squares

Creamy luscious lemon squares.

20 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

3 hr, 38 Total Time

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4.9 based on 11 review(s)


  • 1.5 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 Tbspn coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Filling
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • 1 Tbspn gelatin
  • couple pinches of ground turmeric (optional, gives a yellow colour but not enough to taste)
  • top with lemon zest and desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Line a 8 x 8 baking tray with parchment/baking paper. I greased mine with coconut oil so the slice was easy to remove.
  3. In a large bowl mix the dry ingrediants for the crust and then add the coconut oil, maple syrup or honey and lemon zest until you have a crumbly dough.
  4. Put the dough in the lined baking tray and press it down with your fingers until you have a firm, even base.
  5. Cook for 12 minutes, the edges should be a light golden brown.
  6. Remove and leave to cool while you prepare the filling.
  7. Place a saucepan on a medium heat and gently heat coconut milk, lemon and honey with a couple of pinches of turmeric. Don't boil.
  8. In a bowl whisk the gelatin and water together then whisk this through the lemon coconut milk mixture in the saucepan ensuring no lumps.
  9. Remove from the heat and pour the liquid evenly over the crust.
  10. Place in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours. Should be firm to touch.
  11. Remove from the fridge and top with desiccated coconut and lemon zest.
  12. Cut into sqaures to serve.
  13. Should keep up to 5 days in a airtight container in the fridge.


gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
sesame free



200 cal


14 g


19 g


3 g
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  • Reply
    August 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm I love lemon bars! These look so delicious and I love that they're gluten free. YUM!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am Thanks Natalie! :)
  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    August 30, 2018 at 3:55 pm Loved lemon bars growing up. Excited about these healthier ones!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      September 1, 2018 at 11:01 am Thanks Matt, yes its nice to have a healthy twist on old favourites :)
  • Reply
    August 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm I love all things lemon and these are no exception! Delish!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      September 1, 2018 at 11:01 am Thank you Jillian!
  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    August 30, 2018 at 5:31 pm Oh, my! Lemon is one of my all-time favorite flavors! These look absolutely perfect too. I love that they are vegan and GF. :-)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      September 1, 2018 at 11:01 am Thanks so much Catherine, yes lemon is a favourite of mine too! :)
  • Reply
    August 30, 2018 at 5:44 pm Lemon desserts are the best! These lemon squares look delicious and I love that these are so easy to put together too.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      September 1, 2018 at 11:02 am Thanks Marie, yes they are super easy which is great!
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    [email protected]
    April 3, 2019 at 3:15 am I love lemon bars! My favorite dessert EVER!!
  • Reply
    Tessa Simpson
    April 4, 2019 at 1:48 am Beautiful and totally bright and delicious! A little TOO tasty!! Thanks!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 9, 2019 at 7:58 am Thanks so much Tessa!
  • Reply
    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
    April 4, 2019 at 3:23 pm These are gorgeous! Love that they're a healthy treat too!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 9, 2019 at 7:57 am Thanks Cynthia!
  • Reply
    April 7, 2019 at 5:19 am My mouth is watering! I'm mad for lemony treats. These are delish!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 9, 2019 at 7:57 am Thank you Stacey!
  • Reply
    April 16, 2019 at 8:18 am Hi! What can I substitute for almond meal in this recipe? I have flaxseed meal and gluten free oat flour.. would either of those work? If so, what ratio? These look delicious!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm Hi Alains, thank you! Sorry I have only made this recipe with almond meal so I can't say for sure how it would taste with anything else. No I don't think flaxseed and oat flour would work as well as they are quite absorbent and would change the overall taste, texture and ratios - they don't have the fat content that almond meal does. You may be able to sub almond meal with another nut flour such as cashew flour. If you decide to have a play around with different flours would love to hear how you get on! Thanks Hope
  • Reply
    Caroline Jones
    August 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm Do you have a substitute for gelatin please?
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm Hi Caroline, you could try using agar-agar.

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