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Easy Keto Low-Carb Lemon Bars

These Easy, Keto Low-Carb Lemon Bars Dessert are a quick sugar-free and gluten-free recipe that uses almond flour and fresh lemons to make a delicious treat perfect for the keto diet. With only 3 net carbs per serving, enjoy these tarts completely guilt-free!

2 keto lemon bars on parchment paper with 3 lemons bars on a white plate

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I’m a huge fan of desserts that aren’t overly rich and decadent. Years ago, I made the Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Bar recipe. I have not made it in quite some time. I also have a huge interest in lightening up the carbs in desserts, so I figured I would experiment with ways to modify the recipe.

Her recipe is made for a larger crowd, so I scaled it down some. Lemon bars are made to be tart AND sweet, with a buttery crust. Keep that in mind if you haven’t tried a lemon bar!

How to Make Keto Lemon Bars

  1. You will need almond flour, confectioner’s sweetener, vanilla extract, room temperature eggs, melted butter, and lemons.
  2. Use a zester to zest one lemon. Juice 3 lemons with a lemon squeezer
  3. Combine the melted butter, almond flour, and confectioner’s sugar. Press the dough that forms into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  4.  Combine eggs, almond flour, lemons, lemon zest, confectioner’s sweetener, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the batter over the crust and bake an additional 25 minutes.

Never zested a lemon? Check out this post on How to Zest a Lemon.

ingredients for keto lemon bars in separate glass bowls

Are Lemons Keto?

In moderation, lemons are fine for a keto lifestyle. They do have natural sugar, so you have to monitor your serving size closely when consumed.

ingredients for keto lemon bars in separate glass bowls

What Type of Sweetener to Use

I use zero carb monkfruit sweetener. You will need to use powdered Confectioner’s sweetener for this recipe. With granular sweetener, you will notice a difference in the texture of the bars if used.

dough and batter for keto lemon bars, dough pressed in a pan and filling in a glass bowl
keto lemon bars filling in a pan prior to baking

How to Convert All-Purpose Flour into Almond Flour

I get this question often. This is great to know if you have your favorite lemon bars recipe on hand, and you want to snatch it up a bit. Almond flour and all-purpose have 1:2 ratio, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour = 1 1/2 cups almond flour. Always cook almond flour at a lower temperature.

This is an approximation. You can read more about How to Convert All Purpose Flour to Almond Flour here.

3 keto lemon bars on a white plate topped with confectioner's sugar

How to Keep Lemon Bars From Falling Apart and Crumbling

You will need to use room temperature eggs in this recipe. Room temperature eggs will mix better in the batter and will rise easier. You can read more about Why to Use Room Temperature Eggs While Baking here.

If you are strapped for time, check out this post on How to Get Room Temperature Eggs Quickly.

Do not overbeat the filling batter. Overbeating the batter will lead to cracks in the top surface. Not all cracks can be prevented. I often experience them, too!

Allow the lemon bars to cool fully! Do not slice into the lemon bars until they have cooled for 30 minutes. Even after 30 minutes, the bars will firm up more the longer they sit.

You can choose to refrigerate them (a minimum of 30 minutes) or allow them to stand at room temperature. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. If you are too eager, you can expect them to fall apart.

keto lemon bar on parchment paper that has been bitten with 2 lemons

Can You Substitute Coconut Flour for Almond Flour?

No, coconut flour is not interchangeable. It absorbs moisture much differently than almond flour.

keto lemon bar on parchment paper that has been bitten with 2 lemons

How to Store the Bars

Store the bars covered and in the refrigerator, up to 4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the bars. Make sure the bars at room temperature. Wrap the bars in plastic wrap and store them inside a sealable plastic bag for up to a month.

Recipe Tips

  • Use a silicone spatula to pat the crust down and to firm it up along the edges. This will result in evenly cut bars. 
  • While cutting your lemon bars, wipe your knife off with a paper towel between EACH cut.
  • Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes before slicing. Allow them to cool for an additional hour (optimal) after slicing to firm up.

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Easy, Keto Low-Carb Lemon Bars Dessert

Easy, Keto Low-Carb Lemon Bars Dessert is a quick sugar-free and gluten-free recipe that uses almond flour and fresh lemons to make a delicious treat perfect for the keto diet. With only 3 net carbs per serving, enjoy these completely guilt-free!
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Course Dessert, Snack, treat
Cuisine American
Keyword easy keto desserts, keto dessert, keto lemon bar, low carb lemon bar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
cooling 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 244kcal

Ingredients

Crust

Filling

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the blanched almond flour, Confectioner's sweetener, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until crust forms.
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add the crust to the baking dish. Flatten the crust with your hands and a silicone spatula. Be sure to get the dough into the edges and along the side of the pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove the crust and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before adding the filling.

Lemon Bar Filling

  • Combine the lemon juice, zest, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir.
  • Add the almond flour and Confectioner’s sweetener. Mix with a hand blender on medium speed until blended.
  • Pour the filling over the crust. Smooth the filling with a silicone spatula.
  • Bake for 25 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Remove the pan and cool for 30 minutes before slicing the bars.
  • Remove the bars by pulling on the edges of the parchment paper and lifting them from the pan.
  • Add a teaspoon of Confectioner’s sweetener to a strainer or sifter. Sprinkle the sweetener over the bars.
  • Cut 9 bars. Cut 3 vertical lines and 3 horizontal lines. Be sure to clean off your knife or slicer between each cut to assist with nicely cut squares.
  • The bars will harden the longer you allow them to stand. You can refrigerate for 30 minutes or allow them to stand for an additional 60 minutes to firm.

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Notes

How Do You Keep Your Lemon Bars From Falling Apart and Crumbling

You will need to use room temperature eggs in this recipe. Room temperature eggs will mix better in the batter and will rise easier. You can read more about Why to Use Room Temperature Eggs While Baking here.
If you are strapped for time, check out this post on How to Get Room Temperature Eggs Quickly.
Do not overbeat the filling batter. Overbeating the batter will lead to cracks in the top surface. Not all cracks can be prevented. I often experience them, too!
Allow the lemon bars to cool fully! Do not slice into the lemon bars until they have cooled for 30 minutes. Even after 30 minutes, the bars will firm up more the longer they sit.
You can choose to refrigerate them (a minimum of 30 minutes) or allow them to stand at room temperature. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. If you are too eager, you can expect them to fall apart.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g
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Recipe Rating




Devvon

Saturday 28th of August 2021

what should be the consistency of the filling before and after baking? It seemed to me to be too thin. Maybe my lemons were the problem? I used the juice of 2 small lemons and 1 large. Was that to much juice? It looked so thin, so I added an additional 1/4 cup of the confection sugar and 1/4 almond flour before baking. It is holding together fine but texture filling seems a bit mushy. Did I cook long enough? 40 minutes. Putting it back in oven to see if it makes filling more firm. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Your changes altered the recipe. I recommend making the recipe as it’s written.

Brenda

Friday 13th of August 2021

These have great lemon flavor. Easy to make and non-keto people also enjoyed. Added to my keto dessert playlist.

staysnatched

Monday 16th of August 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Sarah Mathis

Sunday 4th of April 2021

My husband and I are new to keto. Lemon bars have always been our weakness. This recipe is phenomenal!

staysnatched

Monday 5th of April 2021

Yay! So glad you enjoyed them.

Rochelle

Sunday 12th of July 2020

So good and easy to make, my bf even liked them more than the non-keto recipe I usually use. Can’t wait to make them again!

staysnatched

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Love that! Enjoy!

Sharan

Saturday 6th of June 2020

One of my favourite low carb desserts. The are straight forward, and easy to make, and taste awesome! I've made them as is above, with lemon and lime juice+zest, and lemon juice+zest and orange extract+zest as well.Thanks for an awesome recipe!

staysnatched

Sunday 7th of June 2020

So glad you enjoyed them!