Fiji Joe Turmeric Lemon Bars Recipe

Fiji Joe Turmeric Lemon Bars

Looking for a tangy energy boost? Look no further with Fiji Joe Turmeric’s tangy Lemon Bars. It’s no secret that citrus, ginger and Fiji Joe Turmeric go so well together as you may have previously enjoyed with my Fiji Joe Turmeric Fat-burning tea. These zesty lemon bars don’t only look vibrant but taste like it too! A regular in my household, they’re so easy to make, too. The no-bake method makes Fiji Joe Turmeric’s Lemon Bars the ideal, guilt-free snack! And if you’re like me and love that tartness, add some lemon zest to the top layer for extra zing. The creamy, lemony, tart but slightly sweet top layer is calling my name! The curcumin in Fiji Joe Turmeric and the ginger I’ve used it with both help in battling inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndromes, anxiety and arthritis to name a few & the citrus improves your digestive health among other things. Guilt-free, indeed!

I wish I had some tips while inventing this beauty. Here are some useful pointers to make sure you won’t make the same mistakes I did; Pro-tip 1: Use unsalted, unsweetened, raw peanut butter to really bring out that nutty, lemony flavor and creamy consistency of the top layer… I make my own. 😉 Pro-tip 2: The superfine desiccated coconut used in the bottom layer makes the base extremely absorbent. Immediately after you combine your ingredients together in the food processor, the mix will thicken. It is wise to scrape down the sides as you go along to make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Pro-tip 3: Although the bars are frozen, they do not take long to thaw out at all and are ready to go within 5 to 10 minutes. They thaw out quite quickly so make sure you bring them out when everyone’s just about ready for a light, refreshing snack. Don’t worry about brain-freeze, after a quick thaw, these bars are light, fluffy, soft texture, you’ll be disappointed you didn’t go back quick enough for seconds. Pro-tip 4: I know this is an obvious one but I’ve made this mistake before. Please please please wash your food processor bowl in-between mixes. I ended up with an all yellow lemon bar once and the family was not amused…

Yields: makes 6 to 8 bars
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Category: Snack
Method: No-bake
Cuisine: Dessert
Diet: Whole, vegetarian

Ingredients:
Base layer:
6 tbsp fine desiccated coconut
1/4 cup raw, unsweetened peanut butter- smooth
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp ginger, ground
1/2 tsp Fiji Joe Turmeric
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract

Top layer:
1/4 cup raw, unsweetened peanut butter- smooth
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon extract

Optional toppings:
Crushed pineapple chips, lemon zest, dried flower petals, poppy seeds

Instructions:

Combine all of the base layer ingredients in a food processor and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides 2 to 3 times to be sure everything is incorporated. Transfer the mixture into a medium-sized bread pan and cover with parchment paper. Flatten the mixture with another piece of parchment paper and press down with an object with a flat base to compact the mixture. Remove the parchment paper from the top and place the pan in the freezer. Begin processing the next layer as per the above instructions. Process all of the top layer ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour this layer over the base layer in the pan. If you’re thinking about putting a topping on, I suggest you wait a little so that the base layer cools the top to make it a little firmer OR placing the pan back into the freezer for about 10 minutes before bringing it out again to decorate. Freeze what will be your future lemon bar for 6 hours or overnight for the bars to set. 

When you’re ready to serve, bring the pan out of the freezer and allow just 30 seconds to a minute for condensation, this helps the bars out of the pan. Cut out the uneven layers and serve! Because there isn’t an emulsifying agent or jelly in this recipe, remember to put the leftovers back into the freezer to enjoy later, they’ll fall apart at room temperature, otherwise. Enjoy!