I am no novice to making lemon squares. In fact, I frequently make them for family gatherings, holidays and other events because they always go over so well.
The problem? I’ve only made the traditional lemon square recipe, so it was never vegan. And do you know how hard it is to make food that you can’t eat? It is pure torture.
So I decided to try my hand at a vegan version of this recipe and it is just delicious! I also opted to try making a lime version instead of lemon to spice things up. Vegans and non-vegans alike devoured these squares like crazy.
I may or may not have eaten five shortly after making these. Don’t judge.
Coconut Lime Squares
Adapted from Betty Crocker
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1 tsp grated lime peel
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 cup firm tofu
- 4 tsp water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix the flour, butter and powdered sugar together until clumpy. Then press the mixture into an ungreased 9×9 square pan. Try to make it as level as possible.
Bake the crust for 20 minutes. Once ready and slightly browned, remove from oven and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the sugar, lime juice, lime peel, baking powder, sea salt, tofu and water together until combined. You can add a little bit of green food colouring if you want a more vibrant green colour for the squares, but feel free to omit as I did.
Pour mixture into a high-powered blender and blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth, making sure there are no tofu clumps. If mixture is too clumpy or thick, add another teaspoon of water and mix again.
Once filling mixture is smooth, pour onto the hot crust and bake for 25-27 minutes.
*Note: While in the oven, the filling may bubble up a lot. This is o.k., as it will settle close to the end of the baking time.
When ready, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Then stick in the fridge for a few hours to allow them to firm up a bit.
When nice and firm, sprinkle with some shredded coconut. If you are not a fan of coconut, you can sprinkle it with some icing sugar instead.