I'm letting you in on a little secret. Caramel goes really, really well with lemon. The tartness of lemon is an amazing contrast to the sweet, spicyness of this caramel. Not just any caramel either, I created a spicy, sweet tahini caramel. So amazingly, delicious. One bite into these beauties and you will be shaking your head in disbelief that it only took you 8 ingredients to make something so lucious. Oh, and no cooking, no appliances, no baking.
I revamped the classic lemon bar and made them vegan and raw and 10xxxxxxx times better. I'm obsessed with coconut butter and tahini, so I figured, why not combine the two and see what happens? Bliss. That's what happens. I also added in a spicy caramel swirl made with the tahini and just about died. They became Vegan Lemon Bars with Spicy Tahini Caramel.
Make sure to use a smooth/runny fresh tahini that you like the taste. Some are very bitter. You should not be able to know there is tahini in there...in fact, NONE of my taste testers had a clue it was in there, or what was in there! I have only enjoyed Rawguru tahini which you can either order online or find at Whole Foods. It is very smooth, not overly thick and a very clean mild taste. I have found other brands to taste overpowering.
A twist on the classic lemon bar that is normally just gobs of butter and sugar is not only healthier but tastes so rich and sinful, you will pinch yourself.
Don't believe me?? Well, I dropped off a couple of batches to my taste testers and these were their responses:
"One of your best recipes ever. I don't know how you keep doing it. This tastes so rich it must have something unhealthy in it that you snuck in there. Loved it"
"These bars were so rich, I only needed 3 bites and I was satisfied. Seriously reminded me of lemon cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory."
"Totally luscious and creamy. They were beautiful to look at and tasted even better. Loved the spicy caramel swirl."
People may wonder why I always use taste testers, but it's important for me to get opinions from others, especially people who are used to dairy and butter and sugary desserts. When they love it just as much, or more than I do, I know it's a great recipe to share!
We all have different opinions and likes and what appeals to our tastebuds. I may love something that you may hate, and that's okay. How boring would it be if we were all the same. With that said though, I'd be shocked if anybody didn't love these lemon bars, unless of course, you don't like lemon. That would be SO sad.
These are sooo easy to make too! I use my favorite raw tahini ever by Rawguru....smooth and creamy.
I hope you all love these Vegan Lemon Bars with Spiced Tahini Caramel. SO much healthier than traditional lemon bars and even vegan lemon bars out there are full of oil or vegan butter, so these are not only made from whole foods, but the flavor is so rich and authentic. Enjoy!
If you make these beauties and have success, pretty please come leave me feedback on here, other readers benefit greatly from seeing the success reviews. Thank you! Also, if you are Instagram, tag me at #thevegan8, that way the notifications don't get lost, which is starting to happen when only tagging me @thevegan8. So do both please. 🙂