Easy 4-Ingredient Meyer Lemon Coconut Squares

meyer lemon, coconut squares, blue background
Easy No bake lemon coconut squares. Nut free, dairy free, kid approved.

Attention coconut lovers! Today I am sharing a quick and easy recipe I developed using only 4 ingredients. It’s so easy even a monkey can do it, which is good because some days I feel like I live with a bunch.  Finding recipes that are nutritious AND delicious for kids can be enough to drive you bananas, but this one has been a real crowd-pleaser with my gang, so it gets a double “opposable thumbs up” in my book!

I love coconut.  I use it every single day in some form or another.  I even use coconut oil instead of butter in most of my recipes, as it can be substituted perfectly with no measurement adjustments to the actual recipe.  Another fave fact about coconut oil: it works perfectly to remove waterproof eye makeup! (More on that in another post.)

Anyhoo, the dullness of winter has me craving fresh and light flavours at present, so I bought a bag of Meyer lemons with the intention of working on some new recipes this past week.  I love that this is a “no bake” recipe too. It only takes about 15 minutes to make from start to finish which means you can feel accomplished and still have time to catch up on Netflix.  Keep them in the fridge for an easy snack – I’d say they should keep for a few weeks there, but I doubt they will last that long if you have coconut lovers around!  Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family has – it was hard not to eat a few extra squares as I was taking the pictures!

Lemons and coconut squares

Lemon and coconut – such a bright and lively flavour combo!

Easy Meyer Lemon Coconut Squares

  • 1 Meyer Lemon (juice of and zest)

  • 1/4 tsp fine groundHimalayan sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
  1. Grease small pan or dish (no bigger than 9×9) with a small amount of coconut oil.
  2. Melt coconut oil in medium saucepan over low heat.  Add salt and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat.
  3. Add lemon juice and give a quick stir.  Slowly add 2 cups shredded coconut until blended and liquid is mostly absorbed.  Set aside to cool 5 mins.
  4. Check consistency of mixture.  If it appears to be too runny, add more coconut and allow it to absorb oil for another minute or so.  If a spoonful of liquid appears to be floating around the edges still it will be ok.
  5. Transfer mix to greased pan, and pat down gently but firmly.  Cover pan with plastic wrap and put in the fridge to cool for 30 mins.
  6. Cut into small squares and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Keep in mind, that if lemon is not your thing, you could easily substitute lime, or perhaps a teaspoon of either vanilla or almond extract. I think these would also be great with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. If you want to cut out most of the sugar, substitute unsweetened coconut and add a few tablespoons of honey, maple or agave syrup instead.  Just check for sweetness as you go. Stevia would also work, but check your brand for recommended equivalence as many have varied concentrations.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes 

Today I finally had a chance to get back in my kitchen after a month of constant running and juggling. I know I’ve been a bit slack with my posts lately, so to make up for it, I tried and tested 2 recipes this morning which I am pleased to share the results of here now.

I’ve been on a pumpkin/gingerbread kick lately but trying to avoid anything too rich or fattening. I recently committed to participating in a 30 day exercise challenge due to the muffin top I’ve been harbouring, and so anything resembling a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is officially off the menu until further notice. Time to find healthy alternatives that still have all the flavour I crave.

Both of these recipes are relatively clean and can be found on Pinterest. They include very easy to follow instructions.  My first recipe pick comes from The Big Man’s World and is a simple, quick and clean snack called (take a big breath for this one)…

Healthy 4 Ingredient Flourless Pumpkin Gingerbread Blondies

While the name may be a workout, the recipe itself is not. It took less than 10 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to bake. Since my kid is a picky eater I chose to add a tablespoon of chia seeds and 1 egg to the batter to up the fibre and protein but the recipe does not call for them.  According to the recipe, they will be soft and doughy when done but cooling allows them to firm up. While allowing them to cool for a few hours is recommended, mine were ok with a few extra minutes in the oven thanks to the egg. Since my husband ate half the pan within the first hour, I assume they are still good slightly warm.  

Banana Gingerbread Muffins 

The second recipe – and my new favourite- is a healthy alternative to gingerbread. It can be found at Amy’s Healthy Baking and is entitled Banana Gingerbread Muffins. 

Simple ingredients, lots of holiday spices, and molasses instead of sugar results in a moist and fluffy muffin with all the flavour of the season you could ask for. I highly recommend these and as you can see from the picture provided, my kid does too. (All that was left was the muffin wrapper!)

So there you go – 2 family approved recipes to add to your holiday baking repertoire. I hope you will enjoy them as much as our family does.  Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy, holiday season!