I Made the Easiest, Most Delicious High Protein Lemon Bars Ever!

I have stopped buying expensive protein bars and started making these no-bake protein lemon bars instead. They cost about one dollar and each square packs 7 grams of protein. These bars are tasty and healthy with a creamy texture and just the right crunch. Plus, they are naturally sweetened and free from dairy and gluten, so you can enjoy them anytime without any guilt.

Also, check out my video below for an easy step-by-step guide on making protein lemon bars. Don’t forget to like and subscribe 🙂


Why These Protein Lemon Bars Are Good for You

healthy protein lemon bars with no added sugar

Protein Power: The cashews and almonds in these bars are not just for crunch; they add natural protein that helps keep your muscles strong and keeps you feeling full longer. Whether you are active or just have a busy day, these bars are a great boost.

Healthy Fats: Nuts and coconut oil add healthy fats that your body needs. These fats are good for keeping your energy levels up throughout the day without a crash.

Natural Sweeteners: I like to use maple syrup to sweeten these bars, which is a much better option than refined sugar. It is not just about lowering calories; it is about choosing a sweeter option that is better for your overall health.

Lactose-Free and Gluten-Free: These bars do not contain dairy or gluten, making them a fantastic snack option for almost anyone. They are easy to whip up, and you do not have to worry about possible tummy problems.

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These High Protein Lemon Squares Are the Perfect Healthy Snack!

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: SnacksCuisine: WesternDifficulty: Easy
Servings

9

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

367

kcal
Setting Time

4

hours 
Total time

4

hours 

25

minutes

This No-Bake Protein Lemon Bars recipe combines simple, healthy ingredients into zesty, creamy bars. They are perfect for an energizing snack or a guilt-free dessert, loaded with protein, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners. Lemon zest and creamy cashews create a tasty, nutritious snack, with each bar/square giving you 7 grams of protein and has a bright lemon flavor, a touch of maple syrup, and a crunchy almond base.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (143 grams) almonds

  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) coconut oil

  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) maple syrup

  • 2 cups (300 grams) cashews

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut milk (thick, creamy part)

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) coconut oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 grams) salt

  • lemon zest from 1 whole lemon

Directions

  • Prepare the Crust: In a food processor, pulse almonds until they are ground into a coarse sand-like consistency. Transfer the ground almonds to a mixing bowl. Add coconut oil (softened or melted but not hot) and maple syrup.
    adding coconut oil and maple syrup into a bowl of ground almondsMix well until all ingredients are combined. Press this mixture into an 8Ă—8-inch baking tray lined with cling film, using the back of a spoon to pack it tightly and smoothly.

    Place in the freezer to set while you prepare the filling.pressing the mixture into a baking tray
  • Cook the Cashews: Place cashews in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, then drain and let cool slightly.cooking the cashews
  • Make the Filling: Zest 1 unwaxed lemon using a fine grater and set the zest aside.
    zesting the lemon using a fine graterIn a blender or food processor, combine the boiled cashews, coconut milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon zest, and salt. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.combining the ingredients in a blender
  • Assemble the Bars: Remove the crust from the freezer and carefully pour the cashew mixture over the crust. Use a spatula to spread the filling evenly across the crust, ensuring it reaches the edges.
    spreading the filling across the crust using a spatulaReturn the tray to the freezer and let set for 3-4 hours until firm.
  • Serve: Once set, remove the lemon bars from the tray by lifting the cling film. Cut into 9 squares or any desired size. Store in the refrigerator or freezer to use for later.
    cutting the protein bars into desired sizes

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Notes

  • Lemon Zest and Juice: Use fresh lemons for zesting and juicing to maximize the vibrant citrus flavor in the bars. Ensure the lemons are thoroughly washed if they’re waxed or treated.
  • Use Parchment Paper: Line your pan with parchment paper with overhanging edges to make it easier to lift the entire set of bars out of the pan once they are firm. This makes cutting much easier and less messy.
  • Adjust Sweetness and Tartness: Depending on your taste preferences, you can adjust the amount of lemon juice and maple syrup. Add more syrup for sweetness or more lemon juice for tartness. Taste the mixture before setting it to ensure it meets your preference.
  • Pre-soak the Cashews: For a smoother filling, soak the cashews overnight in cold water or for at least 4 hours. This softens them, making them easier to blend into a creamy consistency without overworking your blender.
  • Customize Your Base: If you prefer a different texture or flavor, you can substitute almonds with other nuts like pecans or walnuts for the crust. Each offers a unique taste and consistency.
  • Nutritional Boost: For an added nutritional boost, sprinkle some chia seeds or flaxseeds into the crust mixture or the filling.
  • Storage: Store these bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. The flavor often enhances slightly after the bars have been chilled for a day.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 9
  • Calories: 367kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Sugar: 18g

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Questions or Want to Share Your Experience?

If you are making those high-protein lemon bars and want some tips, or if you just want to tell me how they turned out, leave a comment here or on YouTube. I am here to chat and help out. I cannot wait to hear from you! Jen.

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About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.