Lemon Bars

Servings: 9 large bars OR 16 smaller squares

200g (1/3 batch) of low-carb sugar cookie dough OR 200g (1/2 batch of) low-carb shortbread dough 

3 large eggs (~50g each)

3 yolks (~20g each)

6g (1 Tb.) lemon zest (best from an organic lemon since most pesticides from non-organic food stay in the peel or skin of the produce)

120ml (1/2 cup) lemon juice

100g (1/2 cup + 2 Tb. ) powdered erythritol or xylitol (if you want a thin crunchy layer of meringue on top like in the full-sugar versions, replace the sweetener with isomalt, though this will increase the carb count)

60ml (1/4 cup) melted butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tb. coconut flour (OR 1 tsp. psyllium husk powder OR 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum)

Preheat the oven to 150C / 300F. Prepare a 9x9" square baking pan, or other similar-sized baking dish.

Press the cookie dough evenly into a thin layer along the bottom of the greased or lined baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl, sifting the coconut flour before adding it. If there are lumps, pour through a sieve to strain them out.

Pour the lemon filling over the hot crust as soon as the 15 minutes are up, then return to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the middle is still jiggly.

Do not over-bake!

Chill fully before serving, about 1-2 hours, but I would recommend freezing the lemon bars if you want to be able to cut them into clean slices, as they will be too gooey to slice well if only at fridge- or room-temperature.

If you prefer, dust the bars with a layer of powdered erythritol before serving.


Nutrition Info:
Please note that I used MyFitnessPal (a FREE app) to calculate this info, so it may not be 100% accurate, AND I don't think it tracks net carbs, so a portion of the carbs listed may be processed by your body as fiber and NOT actually absorbed as energy.

net carbs = total carbs - dietary fiber (dietary fiber is what makes up about half of most sugar-alcohols, as well as most of the carbs in coconut flour)

Starbucks Lemon Bar (1 large bar):        kcal 310 / Carbs 44g / Sugars 32g / Fat 14g / Protein 4g                                                 

TPH Low-Carb Lemon Bar (1 large bar):  kcal 137 / Carbs 4g / Sugars 0.5g / Fat 4g / Protein 1g

(made with shortbread crust and erythritol in the filling)


When you're as obsessed with sweets as I am, skipping dessert is not an option, but all the "sugar-free" treats I find in stores/restaurants never quite taste like dessert. After discovering that GOOD low-carb dessert recipes are so hard to find, I started experimenting and creating my own. TPH exists so that diabetics, carb-resistant people like me, and anyone else looking to avoid sugar can enjoy truly decadent desserts that won't cause insulin resistance or tooth decay.

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