Lemon Coconut Bars (GF)

Lemon Coconut Bars – Gluten-Free

June 19, 2016

Tangled, tousled and hand-shaped coconut macaroons charm and delight. But these Lemon Coconut Bars with Candied Kumquats thicken the plot for a more complex, chewy, sweet and sour experience. Lemony zest and lemon juice balance the lightly sweetened coconut. The poppy seeds and kumquats add surprise. A big bowl and spoon make these treats easy to mix, plus there’s no gluten or added fat, so they’re guilt-free.

A big shout out to ever-so beautiful food blog The Lemon Fire Brigade. Sarah has created a beautiful blog that inspired this post. Check out other great recipes of hers. You won’t be disappointed.

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Makes 12 bars or 24 cookies

Lemony Coconut Bar Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup 68 grams 2.4 ounces sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 large 150 grams 5.25 ounces egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon 1 1/2 teaspoon 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3 cups 339 grams 12 ounces shredded unsweetened coconut

Candied Kumquats

  • 1 cup kumquats 128 grams 8 ounces kumquats, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup 113 grams 4 ounces water
  • 1/4 cup 50 grams 1.75 ounces sugar
  • pinch of fine salt




  • Add the egg white mixture to the sugar and lemon.
  • Whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add the shredded coconut and poppy seeds and mix well, using your hands if necessary.
Adding the coconut to the egg white mixture.
Adding the coconut to the egg white mixture.


Macaroon batter distributed evenly.
Macaroon batter distributed evenly.
  • Once the molds are filled, tamp down the coconut mixture until it is firmly packed. The firmer you pack the coconut, the easier they will be to eat in small bites. If they aren’t packed tightly enough, they might break coming out of the mold and will crumble when you try to bite into one.
Lemon macaroon tamped down firmly.
Lemon macaroon tamped down firmly.



  • In a 350F oven, bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating mold or sheet halfway through baking.
  • The bars or macaroons should be golden around the edges.
Baked lemony coconut bars.
Baked lemony coconut bars.
  • Garnish each macaroon with some candied kumquats (recipe below) and more poppy seeds.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Store in airtight container up to 1 week.
Sliced kumquats.
Sliced kumquats.
  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat until water and sugar has simmered down and kumquats have become slightly translucent and tender, about 8 minutes or so.
  • The sugar should glaze each slice.
Candied kumquats.
Candied kumquats.
  • Serve with macaroons or refrigerate in an airtight container up to two weeks.


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