March 19, 2014

Paleo Lemon Berry Dessert Bars (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Dessert)

Anyone in the mood for dessert? Is that a silly question? When are people not in the mood for dessert!?
I was craving something with a lemon flavour and this is what came of that craving. It has been taste tested and approved by both my mother and boyfriend so I feel good about sharing this one with you.

In other random news… is anyone else totally baffled by the loss of this airplane? I know this has nothing to do with food but how an airplane gets lost in todays day and age of technology is beyond me! Crazy.

I have also started watching The Good Wife on Netflix. It's addicting. Terribly so. Netflix had done dangerous things to my productivity that's for sure. I still remember what it was like when we had to wait a week to watch the new episode of a given show. Kids these days will never have to understand that phenomenon. Man I must be getting old.

Alright that is just about enough rambling from me. I hope you guys enjoy this one! I dare you to stop at just one piece!

** Recipe updated on April 27, 2014: have added eggs to the lemon crust

Lemon Crust Ingredients

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup coconut flour (I use this brand
2/3 cup coconut oil (this kind is my favourite) 
1/3 cup grassfed butter or ghee (I use this one
1/3 cup honey
** 2 eggs (these are not necessary but the square will hold together better with them) 
1 tsp lemon extract (I used this kind
zest from 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon
pinch sea salt
1 tsp baking soda (I use this aluminum free brand)

Berry Coconut Topping Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups blackberries
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 package coconut cream concentrate (I used this brand
3 TBSP honey
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (find it here) 
1 cup shredded coconut plus more for decoration (I recommend this brand

Lemon Crust Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F 
2. In a large glass bowl add the coconut oil and butter and microwave for 45-60 seconds to melt the oils
3. Add the remaining crust ingredients to the bowl and blend well with a pastry blender
4. Line an 8x8 glass baking dish with parchment paper 
5. Pour crust ingredients onto parchment paper and press down well until you have an even layer
6. Cook for 15-17 minutes at 350F, until edges are golden brown
7. Remove from oven (but don't turn it off) 

Berry Coconut Topping Directions

NOTE: Make this while your lemon crust is cooking
1. Turn a burner onto low heat
2. Place a medium saucepan on the burner and add the coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate, allowing them to heat until melted
3. Add the honey and vanilla and stir until combined
4. Add berries to the pot and allow to cook for a couple minutes, until the berries start to break apart
5. Remove the pot from heat and add the shredded coconut, stir until all the ingredients are well combined

Final Square Directions

1. Spoon your Berry Coconut Topping mixture onto the already baked Lemon Crust and spread evenly until you have a smooth layer
2. Sprinkle some extra shredded coconut onto the berry layer, until you have the amount you desire 
3. Place entire square back into the oven at 350F and cook for another 12-16 minutes, until the shredded coconut turns golden in colour 
4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-20 minutes
5. Place entire square in the fridge and allow to cool overnight 
6. Remove from fridge, cut and serve. Keep these in the fridge and serve cold (at least I like them cold)
NOTE: Allowing these to sit in the fridge overnight will make the lemon crust less crumbly

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Enjoy everyone! If you make this please let me know what you think! I always love hearing from you. And as always please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. 


  1. Hi there
    these look so delicious!! I don't live in America, can you please let me know what coconut cream concentrate is? Is it the same as coconut cream? And what is the quantity in a package?
    thank you, Alison

  2. Hi Alison
    Coconut cream concentrate is the same thing as coconut butter, or coconut manna. They can all be used interchangeably :) One package is equal to 200g or 7 oz. I hope that helps! Let me know if you need more info. I hope you like them!