Last Updated on April 15, 2018
Lemon squares is one of healthy desserts that is refreshing, light and not too sweet! Add these citrus desserts to your collection of easy no bake recipes. Healthy lemon bars is one of the best lemon recipes to enjoy any season. So if you love easy lemon desserts, try these gluten free lemon squares.
Are there anyone that can eat lemons just like apples? Well, we are, because Meyer lemons are in season, and they are not so tart as regular ones.
Actually, lemon squares is one of our no bake desserts that are hard not to make one more time.
I love no bake desserts that are easy to make! Do you? Well, this lemon squares recipe is for you.
You need no oven, no gelatin to make these lemon squares set. Moreover, you don’t need to freeze it, like, for example, our Avocado cake.
To make easy desserts set, I put butter into prepared lemon curd. It will make the taste more creamy. You will end up with soft lemon bites, ended with a healthy pistachio crust.
It’s a healthy snack!
Serving lemon squares
You can cut it into squares, which is easy to grab and enjoy, or you can cut it into longer lemon bars. However, I don’t recommend serving these under direct sunlight, or heat, as well as taking it away for a long time. Simply, because it will melt and become too soft or even mushy.
However, lemon squares will definitely decorate your table and make your guests happy! These are best served on a dark plate or board, if you have one. Leave lemon squares in the fridge and serve them just before the first guest arrives.
These little sun shines can last for about 7 days in the fridge if you can stay away from them for such a long time!
To make lemon squares, I used healthy ingredients for the crust. Pumpkin seeds, pistachios give perfect green matched color and delicious taste. But to make the crust stick together, I added a handful of dates and honey, too.
I think it will be a long post if I will list all the benefits of ingredients for the crust… Long story short it is packed with super healthy dried fruits and nuts! Who doesn’t want a healthy desserts? Well, another reason to make these easy lemon bars or lemon squares!
Lemon curd is easy to make, but if you have never made it, just follow my simple instructions and you will be good!
So how to make lemon bars? Healthy crust is already done, now it’s time to make yellow top, which is set lemon curd.
There are actually two methods to make lemon curd. You can cook it either on a stove or use a double boiler (bain marie). I used both methods, and I can tell you that the first one is faster, but the second one is safer. In both methods you cook a low heat and whisk constantly.
However, bain marie will save from… scrambled eggs. Yes, there is a possibility of scrambled egg pieces, if you cook it in the pan. Of course you can sieve it later, but bain marie or double boiler works good. You will cook eggs with lemon juice maybe 5 minutes longer, but you will end with a lemon curd with smooth texture.
When you see the curd is thickened, remove from the heat immediately. You don’t need all the moist to evaporate! Moreover, it is better to sieve the lemon curd for the smoother texture.
Lemons and sugar
Lemon is a popular ingredient that is available all year round. You can add it in your water, in your tea,m in whatever!
Moreover, lemon juice elevates any salad dressing and takes a taste of freshly baked goods to another level.
If you follow our blog, you know, that we make our desserts with reduced sugar. Did you noticed a lot of recipes require a cup of sugar or even more? Well, what if I say that you need no sugar to feel the real taste of of the dessert? Even if it is a lemon dessert!
So I added a teaspoon of honey into the crust and into the curd. Overall, this no bake dessert is lightly sweetened and has a fresh lemon taste.
Taste your lemon curd. If you like it sweeter, mix in few teaspoons of powdered sugar, but better – add some stevia drops. Stevia is 25 times sweeter than sugar and drops are easy to incorporate in no bake desserts.
Which lemons to use and their benefits
Moreover, I highly recommend using Meyer lemons for this recipe, if you find it for your market! They are less acidic, more sweet and “spicy”, perfect to make lemon desserts.
Meyer lemons are in season from December to May!
So this is a perfect time to boost your immune system!
As you may already know, lemons contain vitamin C, but also it is a potassium rich food.
These lemon squares are truly helpers in relieving stress in terms of vitamins and color!
Lemon squares – Lemon desserts - Lemon recipes
Yellow lemon layer:
- 2egg yolks
- 1tsplemon zest
- 125mlfresh lemon juice/4.2 fl oz (2 lemons +1/2 lime)
- 110gbutter, room temperature, cut into cubes/3.9 oz
- 55gpistachios/2 oz
- 42gpumpkin seeds/1.5 oz
- 50gdates/1.8 oz
- 1tbspcrushed pistachios
- 2tbspmint leaves
- 1tsplime zest
- For the crust: combine all the ingredients in food processor. Layer bread loaf or other pan with parchment paper. Press the crust to the bottom of the pan with a back of the spoon and leave in the fridge.
- Whisk eggs with lemon juice, honey and zest. Put on a double boiler (bain marie). Cook, constantly whisking for about 10-14 minutes or until you have thickened lemon curd.
- Remove the curd from heat. Push it through a sieve.
- Put butter cubes in the lemon curd, one at a time, whisking until all the butter melts.
- Pour lemon curds on the crust and leave in the fridge until set, for up to 1 hour.
- Remove it from the pan with parchment paper and cut into cubes.
- Serve with crushed pistacious, lime zest and mint leaves on top.