These Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars have been a long time favorite in our family that never gets old!
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.
For 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!
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!
Tips for how to make these Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars:
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.
Once you cut your energy bars into serving sizes, you can individually wrap them to freeze for a longer shelf life.
Even though these aren’t super sweet, they definitely satisfy my sweets craving as a mini dessert!Print
Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars 1x
These energy bars have been a long time favorite and I hope you enjoy them too!
- 2 cups raw cashew pieces
- 1 + 1/2 cups big flake coconut
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, Grade A
- 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the big flake coconut to add later.
- Place all the ingredients, except the reserved coconut into a food processor and pulse until the mixture starts forming a dough.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup coconut and pulse until your desired texture is reached. I like to stop when there is still visible pieces of coconut.
- Line an 8″x8″ baking pan with plastic wrap and pat/smooth the dough evenly into the pan.
- Holding the corners of the plastic wrap, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
- Serve within a few days, or wrap and freeze for later.
I like to use cashew pieces because they’re much cheaper than whole cashews!
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Energy Bars, Energy Bites, Vegan, Paleo, Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Healthy snacks
24 thoughts on “Lemon Meringue Pie Energy Bars”
I made them with walnuts because cashews aren’t paleo. I used Medjool dates for sweetener. I only used 2, I think 3 would have been better. Will they firm up in the air? They taste good to me, but a tad sweeter would have been nice.
I don’t know if they will firm up over time being made from walnuts, they tend to be much moister than cashews. Cashews are paleo-friendly and most people consider them paleo, but if they don’t work for you, maybe a combo of brazil nuts and macadamia might yield more similar results. Also, I can’t say how many medjool dates it would take to be sweet enough for you as I used maple syrup for this recipe. Honey might be another great substitute where you could add just a touch to supplement the sweetness from the dates. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!
They were delicious!
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them! These are a favorite of mine because I just love that fresh citrus flavor!
Any substitutes for coconut you can think of? Allergy here…
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!
These look scrumptious ! Do you think I could sub almond flour for the cashews ? TIA
Almond flour would be too fine of a texture for these, but you could sub almonds for the cashews, (or macadamia though that might be a bit pricey)!
I finally got a chance to make these, Kari! I really like them – not too sweet, perfectly lemony, and very satisfying! I rolled them into balls with my hands because I seem to have trouble with bars falling apart, and it worked great!
I sometimes roll them into balls too, I find they’re easier to store that way. If you do want a bar shape, be sure to cut them small, about 2″ x 2″ and around 1/2″ – 1″ thick so they don’t fall apart!
Mmm! Great idea! I need to try these very soon.
Let me know how it goes, we just can’t get enough of them around here!