These keto lemon bars have long been an IBIH fan favorite, so I decided to freshen them up a bit with new photos and a few tips on helping them turn out perfect every time.
Lemon bars have always been one of my absolute favorite desserts. They are the thing I’m most likely to gaze longingly at through the glass at a bakery or coffee house – and sometimes I give in and have one.
I’m never really sorry until the next day when I wake up puffy and bloated from the gluten and sugar. Even then a perfect lemon bar is usually worth it if I’m being honest.
I finally decided though that it was high time I came up with a legit keto lemon bar recipe that would meet my low carb and gluten free criteria (and save me from the morning after bloating.)
As an added bonus these keto lemon bars are pretty easy to make, and just as good or better than the “real” thing. I’m not just saying that either, I tested these out on crowds of non low carbers at several parties – all with rave reviews and no leftovers.
I like my keto lemon bars a little on the tart side, but you can increase the sugar free sweetener in the curd if you prefer them sweeter – or you can add more powdered sugar free sweetener to the top of them after baking.
I’m confident that you guys are going to love these low carb lemon bars – they simply scream “IT’S SPRING BABY!” and they’ll make you believe it – no matter what time of year it is where you are.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST KETO LEMON BARS
When zesting your lemons, make sure you don’t zest any of the white coating. That’s the pith and it’s super bitter – you just want the bright yellow rind, which is where the oils and therefore flavor are. The best tool for zesting a lemon is a microplane grater in my opinion, but a box grater on the side with the small holes in it can work too if that’s all you have.
Use FRESH LEMON JUICE. That bottled stuff just won’t taste the same. Since you need lemon zest anyway, you might as well take a few seconds to juice the lemons you’re zesting for a superior lemon flavor. A handheld lemon crushy thing like this one is what I use and it’s super easy. You will need 5 – 6 average sized lemons to make these lemon bars.
When cooking the lemon curd, DO NOT LEAVE THE POT UNATTENDED. Whisk gently but constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, and it has lightened slightly in color. This may take 10 – 12 minutes, and it will feel like it’s never going to happen and then WHAM it’s there and it seems to be instantaneous. Be patient – I promise it’s worth it!
Some people choose not to strain the curd after cooking, and leave the bits of grated lemon zest in the bars. It’s strictly a matter of personal preference and if you don’t mind the texture of the zest in there, it won’t hurt anything to skip that straining step.