Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

I’ve never been a big fan of packaged energy bars. I see them in a utilitarian kind of way, useful and convenient when there is absolutely nothing else to eat. I always pack them when I’m hiking, but I do my very best to avoid eating them. Example: there is a Cliff Bar in my pack right now that is at least 2 years old, I’m guessing it’s a bit past the expiration date! Things have sure changed since I started making my own, starting with the Chocolate Chip Brownie version a couple of weeks ago. They’re so much fresher and full of flavor, I actually have to hide them in our basement freezer to make them harder to get to!

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

Even though I’m a die hard chocolate fan, I’m really crazy about this new lemon version. It’s got me thinking about extending my energy bar recipes to include carrot cake and chocolate chip cookie dough next – the possibilities are endless now that I LOVE energy bars!

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday! Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday! Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday! Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

I made this recipe with Grade A maple syrup to preserve the lemon yellow color and because it doesn’t interfere with the flavor, however, you can substitute honey or dates as well.

I reserved 1/2 cup of the big flake coconut to put in right at the end to add texture. After the mixture begins to form a dough, add the remaining coconut and pulse until your desired texture is reached. I find it’s easiest to use plastic wrap to line the pan when you’re forming the bars. This dough is a little sticky at first (it firms up as it sits), so it’s best to use a spatula to smooth it out in an even layer.

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once you cut your energy bars into serving sizes, you can individually wrap them to freeze for a longer shelf life.

Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday! Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars | Get Inspired Everyday!

Even though these aren’t super sweet, they definitely satisfy my sweets craving as a mini dessert!

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Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashew pieces
  • 1 + ½ cups big flake coconut
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, Grade A
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Reserve ½ cup of the big flake coconut to add later.
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the reserved coconut into a food processor and pulse until the mixture starts forming a dough.
  3. Add the remaining ½ cup coconut and pulse until your desired texture is reached. I like to stop when there is still visible pieces of coconut.
  4. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with plastic wrap and pat/smooth the dough evenly into the pan.
  5. Holding the corners of the plastic wrap, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
  6. Serve within a few days, or wrap and freeze for later.
Notes
I like to use cashew pieces because they're much cheaper than whole cashews!


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20 Comments on “Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars”

    1. Kari

      You could substitute an additional 1 cup of cashew pieces for the coconut, or for a more tropical (albeit more expensive) taste you could use macadamia nuts instead. Almond are also a nice touch in any energy bar, although they do give a crunchier texture to the finished bar. I hope you enjoy them, and be sure to let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions!

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