Gluten-free, Dairy-free Lemon Bars


No, you’re not have a case of deja vu.

Yes, I have made these before.

I wrote about making these luscious lemon bars a few weeks back after I found Ina Garten’s recipe. The gluten/dairy version were a huge hit with friends. Seriously, people could not stop raving about them.

I felt left out considering I couldn’t enjoy them so… I decided to make my own! Hope you enjoy these gluten-free, diary-free lemon bars. They are just the right balance of a shortbread base, tart lemon and balanced sweetness. If you can’t have gluten or dairy, you won’t miss either of those in this recipe. In fact, dare I say these are better than the original version?


Trina’s Gluten-free, Dairy-free Lemon-Lemony Bars


2/3 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 cups of gluten-free flour blend (Bulk Barn has a great blend that I used here)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/8 teaspoon salt


6 large eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 cup of lemon juice
1 cup gluten-free flour blend
1 teaspoon xantham gum

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Using an electric mixer, cream together coconut oil and sugar until light. Mix together gluten-free flour, xantham gum and salt. Slowly sift into sugar/coconut oil mixture until just incorporated. Should look crumbly. In a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet, press dough into bottom of a greased pan (you can use pam here).

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until very lightly browned. Let cool.

Leave the oven on.

Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, gluten-free flour and xantham gum. Pour over cooled crust and bake for 30-35 minutes until the filling is set and the top is lightly browned.

Here is the hardest part – let cool to room temperature and then set fully in the fridge for 4-6 hours. You can try them earlier… but… trust me, these babies are best chilled from the fridge.

4 thoughts on “Gluten-free, Dairy-free Lemon Bars

  1. Anonymous

    I found your site through your sister. bookmarked it and passed it on. I know a few people who would love to try this gluten free delight 😀

  2. Trina Gallop

    Lace – Thanks for the comment and for bookmarking my blog! Hope you find some recipes to try. These lemon bars are one of my favs!!

  3. Susan

    Hi. I came here from Sew Mama Sew. I have a question about this recipe filling. When you mix everything together for the filling, does it separate in the oven so you have the lemony center and crust on top as in the picture? I am new to making these kind of things and so I want to make sure I understand the instructions correctly. Thanks.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,

      Welcome!! Yes – that’s exactly what happens. It forms a sugary, caramelized like glazed layer on top and stays like a yummy lemon filling in the middle. Baking magic! 😉 Please do let me know if you try the recipe!

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