Recipe: Creamy Lemon Bars [Vegan]

Guess who’s back!

I’ve been posting recipes and life updates on my instagram most days, but realized that I’d like my recipes to be searchable–both for those who are interested in my recipes, and so I can find my own recipes more easily. 😛

So, here I am to post recipes again! The current plan is to try for minimalist posts for the most part, keeping them short and sweet with a few simple photos, and text to a minimum. (But we’ll see how that goes.)

Today’s recipe is my current favorite dessert: lemon bars.

I tried to make my boyfriend a replacement for his favorite vegan lemon tart that the store stopped carrying, and we ended up with something even better: these lemon bars are the perfect hybrid of creamy cheesecake texture with bright lemon bar flavor. Featuring a shortbread crust and cashew-coconut filling, they’re a hit for vegans and omnivores alike!

Makes an 8″ round pan

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (I highly recommend Miyoko’s)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Combine ingredients in a bowl, and massage butter and lemon juice into sugar and flour until it forms an even dough, without lumps.

Line an 8″ round pan with parchment paper, and press the dough into the pan. Bake at 350 for 15 mins. Remove from oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

Filling

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp coconut cream*
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Blend all ingredients except powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Pour into half baked crust and bake at 350 for 20-25 mins, until edges start to crack. Remove from oven to cool for 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge. Let cool overnight, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

*Coconut cream is the hard part at the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk that has a butter-like consistency; not the liquid. You can also buy cans of pure coconut cream.

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I’ve Started Designing Vegan-Themed Merch!

Hey guys!

Long time, no see. I’ve been working on a bunch of recipes to start posting here (currently tweaking and refining), so hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on something else too. I realized I’ve had a problem: good vegan merch is hard to come by. It always takes a lot of digging to find decent vegan T shirts and workout tanks, and they’re usually really overpriced. So I decided I’d try to help fix the problem myself by making my own!

As of yesterday I’ve been uploading my own designs (mostly vegan themed) to Redbubble, where people can buy them as shirts, stickers, mugs, totes, pillows, phone and laptop cases, pretty much everything. The prices still aren’t as low as I’d like them (and they vary wildly by shirt style), even though I lowered the default markup (aka I lowered the percent of money I get), but it’s better than most stuff I’ve seen. I’m planning to upload a ton more, and I’m sure I’ll learn as I go, so stay tuned!

So, if you’re interested in vegan swag and want to help support a poor vegan grad student, check out my brand new shop! (Also linked in the menu bar above)

And if you have any suggestions, let me know–I’d love to take custom requests 🙂

Click here for the shirt above

Click here for the bag above