These creamy and delicious Vegan No-Bake Lemon Raspberry Bars are free of eggs, grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. They’re a wholesome treat you can enjoy all summer long.
We spent all of last week without AC. Both the upstairs and downstairs units shut down on one of the hottest days of the year so far. It seemed to be a city-wide problem, because all the HVAC service people we called were booked out at least a week. We settled on the nearest available appointment, which was the following Saturday (it went out on Sunday.)
I thought back to the early American settlers and I honestly don’t know how they survived the southern heat without so much as a fan…or little cold luxuries like ice or ice cream. They wore all those clothes too! I would’ve died wearing all of those long layered dresses.
I think I would have spent the summers high up in the mountains where the weather is much cooler in the summer. Or I would’ve liked to live with the Native Americans where wearing the bare minimum was perfectly acceptable!
A lot of places in the world still do without AC though. Many of the Airbnb’s we stayed in throughout Europe last year didn’t have AC. And because of the island breezes, lots of homes in Hawaii still don’t have central AC either. But, when you live down south and the summer temps average in the upper 90’s, AC is essential.
…unless the hot and sweaty look is your thing.
My sweet hubby watched YouTube videos and worked hard throughout the night to try and fix the units so we wouldn’t have to wait a whole week for the repair man. He finally got the upstairs AC back online, so all we camped out upstairs in the bonus room for the next few days. Luckily we have a spare bed and full bathroom up there, along with a tv, couch, and mini fridge, so it’s kind of like a mini apartment.
The only downside was we had family come to visit towards the end of the week, so we gave them the air conditioned upstairs and we moved back downstairs into the sauna.
Since it was so hot during the day, I tried my best to find meals and treats that didn’t require using the stove or oven. I mean, all we needed was to add even more heat to the house! Thankfully, these vegan lemon raspberry bars were the perfect treat. They’re kind of like a cross between cheesecake and a lemon bar. They’re wholesome, delicious, and fact that they don’t need to be cooked/baked is a plus!
They start off with a simple date and nut “crust,” which is blended and then pressed into a pan. Cashews are the base for the creamy filling. They’re full of vitamins and minerals, and contain healthy fats, similar to those found in olive oil. For the topping, I made use of one of my favorite super foods: Chia Seeds! These little seeds are full of fiber, protein, and are great source of omega-3s.
I love chia and add them to whatever I can, like drinks, smoothies, puddings, oatmeal, cookies, and popsicles, to name a few. They’re such a versatile ingredient and their super cool feature is that they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water. This means they make a good thickening agent, which is how I get mashed raspberries to become jam-like.
These bars are perfectly tart with a bit of sweetness. The sweet and fruity raspberry topping is a nice contrast to the lemon too. They’re stored in the fridge or the freezer, so it’s best to let them thaw a bit so that they’re more creamy, less popsicle-y.
These made the perfect little treat to cool us off during one of the hottest weeks we’ve experienced this year. I also like the fact that I don’t have to feel guilty about splurging on these since they’re made with such wholesome ingredients too. 🙂 I hope you enjoy them!Print
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