lemon bars!

I adapted this recipe for vegan lemon bars from this one, based on some of the reviews and my 9 x 9 inch pan. They really came out great!

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • 1/4 cup  sugar

Filling:

  • ~2 cups applesauce  
  • ~1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest and juice of 3 fresh juicy lemons (or ~½ cup lemon juice)

Optional Topping:

  • powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Crust: In a bowl, combine crust ingredients and press into 9 x 9 inch pan.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.

3. Filling: While the crust is baking, mix the filling ingredients together. Then pour filling over the crust, and bake 25-30 minutes, or until set. Cool (the bars will set more as they cool).

4. Optional topping: Sift powdered sugar on top, if you’d like. That’s the classic way to make these bars, but they are delicious without the extra sugar too!

Makes 16 squares

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