Homemade Lemon Drizzle Bars: A Simple, Tangy Delight











This easy-to-make, tangy lemon drizzle bar recipe is a perfect treat for those following gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan lifestyles. Bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these bars are a delightful way to indulge in something sweet, satisfying, and nutritious with just 238 calories per serving!


Step 1: Prep and Process

To kick off our lemon drizzle bars, start by lining a square baking tray with greaseproof paper, ensuring it's ready to go. Then, take those juicy dates—make sure they're pitted unless you fancy a surprise crunch—and pop them into your food processor. Add in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, zest for that citrusy punch, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to bring all the flavors together. Whirl it up until it's nicely combined and then set it aside. This mix is going to be the flavorful backbone of our bars.
Pro Tip: For a smoother consistency, soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes before processing.

Step 2: Mix It Up

Next, it's time to bring in the dry team—desiccated coconut, oats, and a pinch of salt. Mix these in a large bowl until they're well acquainted. Then, pour in the date and lemon mixture you set aside earlier. Give everything a good, thorough stir until it's fully combined. This step is crucial because it ensures every bite of your lemon drizzle bars will be packed with that tangy-sweet flavor, coupled with a texture that's satisfyingly chewy yet slightly crunchy.
Pro Tip: Toast the oats and coconut before mixing for an enhanced nutty flavor.

Step 3: Set and Serve

Now, pour your well-mixed base into the prepared baking tray. Press it down firmly, you're aiming for a compact layer that will hold its shape once cut. Pop this tray into your freezer and let it set for about 30 to 60 minutes—just enough time to clean up and make yourself a cup of tea or, better yet, invite a friend over. Once set, carefully remove the slab and cut it into bars. For that finishing touch, garnish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or ground oats, desiccated coconut, and if you're feeling extra, a slice of fresh lemon on each bar. This not only adds to the flavor but makes them look absolutely irresistible on a serving plate.
Pro Tip: Freeze the bars for 10 minutes before slicing for cleaner cuts.