Blueberry & Lemon Cream Bars

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Blueberry & Lemon Cream Bars

Lemon and blueberry, is there a better combination? The tartness of lemon, the sweetness of perfectly ripened fresh blueberries…so, so good!  These no-bake blueberry lemon cream bars have the perfect blend of tart, sweet, and refreshing. The best part? There is no baking involved.
Perfect for any occasion. Tangy lemon and sweet blueberries come together in this easy-to-make dessert. Naturally sweetened with honey and dates, these bars are a healthier version of your favorite treat.
A creamy, dairy-free, cheesecake like creamy filling is swirled with a homemade blueberry jam for the perfect easy and delicious treat. Not only are these bars delicious, they are vegan and Paleo-friendly.They make a wonderful and healthier dessert that everyone will love!
They are designed to be eaten from frozen so they need to be stored in the freezer for best results. Place the individual bars into a freezer safe storage bag and place in the freezer.
When you are ready to enjoy a bar, pull one out of your storage bag and let sit on the counter for a few minutes before digging in!
As cute as they are delicious, these bars are a favourite, loaded with zesty lemon flavor! They will not last long once you make them!
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword blueberry and lemon cream bars, blueberry lemon bars no bake, clean eating dessert, healthy cheesecake bars no bake, no bake cheesecake slice
Servings 9

Ingredients

Base Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup dates, soaked 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup oats, instant or quick
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blueberry Jam

  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds

Lemon Cream Filling

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked 3+hours and drained
  • 1 13.5oz can coconut cream,full fat (solid part only) *see note below
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2-3 lemons, juice and zest (depending on how lemon-ey you like it)

Instructions

Base Crust

  • Note: Place the can of coconut cream or milk in the fridge or freezer for at least 1-2 hours before making these bars to allow coconut cream to separate.
    Make the crust first. Line an 8 x 8” baking pan or dish with parchment paper on the bottom and sides leaving some overhanging to act as a handle to get the bars out easier for cutting.
    Place almonds and coconut into a food processer and process until broken down and crumbly. Add dates, oats and vanilla and continue to process until mixture is well combined.
    Be careful not to over process as its nice to have texture and different sized “bits” in your base crust.
    Press the base mixture into the bottom of your pan or dish evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Jam Layer

  • In a medium sized pot, add frozen berries and honey and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn down the heat continue to cook for 5-10 minutes until the berry mixture thickens and most of the fruit is broken up.
    Stir through chia seeds and continue to simmer for a further 3-5 minutes until thick and the chia seeds swell.
    Pour jam into a small mixing bowl and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to cool and thicken.
     

Lemon Cream Filling

  • Open chilled can and scoop out the cream that has separated and set hard on the top. Save the remaining coconut water to use in a smoothie, drink, or discard.
    Place all filling ingredients, cashews, coconut cream, coconut oil, honey and lemon juice and zest into the food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
    Depending on the power of your blender this might take a few minutes. Stop blending to scrape the sides if necessary and continue to blend until very smooth. Taste test add more honey or lemon if you think it needs it.
    Pour the lemon cream filling over the prepared crust. Add the cooled blueberry jam and gently fold and swirl the jam into the filling.
    Freeze the bars overnight or until completely solid.
    When you are ready to serve, remove the bars from the freezer and let sit on the counter for around 10 minutes to slightly soften. Use a sharp knife to slice the bars into 9 bars or more smaller squares.
     
     
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