My favourite dessert is lemon tart.
And I have to say that I make a pretty awesome one!
I put lots of lemon zest in it so it is super tangy.
But it’s not at all healthy (its definitely a sometimes or occasional food!)
I have been experimenting lately with vegan baking and came across these lemon bars in my lovely book “The Joy of Vegan Baking”
They reminded me of lemon tart, so I had to give them a go!
Of course, I couldn’t help myself and didn’t follow the recipe, but used it more as a guide.
I made a healthier base, then doubled some parts of the filling, but used a lot less sugar.
They were really quick and easy to make
And due to the less sugar and lots of zest, turned out super tangy…
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that they are also very delicious!
- For the base:
- ¾ cup ground cashews or almonds
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- 4 medium Medjool dates, pitted
- For the filling:
- 300 grams silken tofu
- ½ cup raw sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ⅔ cup lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons cornflour
- Heat oven to 170 degrees and line a 20 cm (8 inch) square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
- Start by making the base.
- Place ground nuts, coconut and pitted dates in the bowl of a food processor and puree until it comes together (50 seconds, speed 5 in the thermomix).
- Press evenly into the base of the prepared tin and set aside.
- Put tofu, sugar, zest and lemon juice into the food processor bowl and puree until well combined (approx 30 seconds, speed 5 in the thermomix)
- Add cornflour and blend again until smooth.
- Pour onto the nutty coconut base.
- Bake for 30 minutes
This may work with just 3 tablespoons of cornflour, depending on how firm your tofu is.
If you prefer your lemon bars to be a bit yellower, try adding a pinch of turmeric powder!
What’s the deal about soy?
I get asked all the time about soy and if it is safe to consume.
Yes! It is.
However I prefer to use products made from whole soy beans, not heavily processed forms of soy.
In fact, tofu, soymilk, tempeh and edamame are not only safe to eat, but actually beneficial for your health.
Despite all the scare-mongering you get on the internet, soy in your diet may reduce your risk of a heart attack and type 2 diabetes, protect against some cancers (including breast and prostate cancers) as well as osteoporosis and ease the symptoms of menopause.