Japanese Lemon Bars
Updated: Jun 22, 2018
Delicious lemon bars from beautiful Japanese Sweet Potatoes! These frozen delights are creamy, sweet, and loaded with fresh lemon and coconut flavors.
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 12-14 bars
1 cups oats
3/4 cup walnuts
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup pitted medjool dates, soaked (6 medium sized dates)
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon extract
2 large Japanese Sweet Potatoes (about 1 ½-2 pounds), peeled and roughly diced
1 can lite coconut milk
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lemon juice
zest of one lemon
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes for garnishing
In a food processor pulse the oats, walnuts, coconut flakes, dates, cinnamon and lemon extract until you have a finely ground sticky consistency. Add the applesauce and continue pulsing until mixture sticks together. Press this mixture onto an 8 x 8 in square pan lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
Peel and boil the sweet potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and cool.
Add the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, maple syrup, lemon juice, and zest of one lemon to a food processor. Process until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
Spread the filling over the crust and smooth out the top. Place in the freezer for 4-6 hours and remove from the freezer. Allow them to slightly thaw for 15-20 minutes. Cut, garnish, and serve. Wrap and store leftover squares in the freezer.