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G-Free Friday: Coconut Lemon Bars

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Recipe from “Fresh from Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-free Recipes” by Elizabeth Kaplan

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients for Crust:

¾ cup Elizabeth’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix or ¾ cup The Pure Pantry Organic All Purpose Baking Mix Fashioned baking mix

½ cup butter or coconut oil

1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted and cooled

½ cup maple sugar or palm (coconut) sugar (both available in natural food markets)

Ingredients for Lemon Curd filling:

4 eggs

1 ¼ cup maple or palm (coconut) sugar

¼ cup Elizabeth’s Gluten-free Baking Mix or ¼  cup The Pure Pantry Organic All Purpose Baking Mix Fashioned baking mix

¾ cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)

3 Tbsp freshly grated lemon zest

1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled

To make crust:

1. Preheat oven to 325 F and butter 9-by-12 inch baking pan.

2. In a medium-size bowl, blend together with fingertips the baking mix, butter or coconut oil, coconut, and sugar until butter has no lumps and mixture resembles course meal. Pat mixture into prepared pan and pierce with fork all over. Bake in middle of oven 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 300˚ F.

To make filling:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until combined. Whisk in baking mix, lemon juice and lemon zest until well combined.

2. Pour mixture over crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Top custard with toasted coconut and bake 5      minutes, or until just set. Cool in pan then chill 1 hour before cutting into squares.

Elizabeth Kaplan is the founder of The Pure Pantry, an allergen-free natural foods company that creates nutritious, great-tasting, and easy-to-use baking mixes. She is the author of Fresh from Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-free Recipes. When she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, and subsequently her children were diagnosed with severe food allergies and gluten intolerance, she focused her passion for the culinary arts on gluten-free cuisine. Elizabeth teaches cooking classes that help others transition to a gluten-free lifestyle, lectures on topics related to gluten intolerance, and writes a lifestyle blog in which she shares recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining and travel ideas, and her first-hand knowledge about raising children with food allergies. Her husband and three children all enjoy being her official taste testers for the recipes and products she creates.

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  • Is there a wy o make this without eggs? My son is allergic.

  • Sure, you can use an egg replacer such as Ener-G Foods Egg Replacer. Follow instructions on the box to make the equivalent amount of eggs. They will not rise as much but should still be tastey!

  • I'm curious how you got that picture from this recipe. I've made this recipe three times and NEVER has it come out like the picture. The first time, the crust recipe wasn't even enough to cover a 9x12 baking dish, so I had to more than double it. And even after doing that, and following the directs as they are stated, it does NOT come anywhere near looking like the picture. No modifications I've made make it look anywhere near what this picture makes them look like. Thankfully, even though it looks ugly, it tastes good enough to have a second dish made up.

  • I recently came across a post on my facebook feed that gave us this exact picture, but it certainly wasn't this recipe. Upon further investigation, I find that it is a commercially sourced photo one purchases rights to use. I get that this happens frequently, but it saddens me you felt the need to misrepresent your recipe by using a picture from somewhere else using a completely different recipe. While the recipe itself may result in a tasty treat, it is disappointing that what I visually expect is completely different than the visual reality because it was misrepresented in the recipe.

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