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, spiciness 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 luscious. 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? Deliciousness happens. I also added in a spicy caramel swirl made with the tahini and just about died.
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!
I hope you all love these Vegan Lemon Bars with Spiced Tahini Caramel.