A perfect spring or summer treat, these vegan Lavender Lemon Bars are infused with a subtle lavender flavor. With plenty of fresh lemon juice and an easy shortbread crust, they are sure to be a hit!
My Vegan Lemon Bars are one of the most popular recipes on my site, and recently I had the idea to pair them with lavender. The results are even better than the original, in my opinion! I hope you love them.
Lavender and lemon are a match made in heaven! The lavender flavor is subtle and not overpowering, but definitely there. In the last few years I’ve fallen in love with lavender, like lavender lemonade and lavender lattes. SO GOOD.
To make these lemon bars, we are infusing the sugar with dried culinary lavender. Unlike regular lemon bars, these are vegan so they aren’t made with eggs or dairy. This also means they are easier to make, as the lemon curd filling is made easily on the stovetop in a matter of minutes.
Ingredients you need
- Vegan butter – For the shortbread crust. Any brand will work, there are a ton of options these days!
- Flour – May use gluten free al purpose flour if needed.
- Culinary lavender – One bag will last you ages. I ordered from Amazon as I couldn’t find any in my local stores.
- Lemon zest and juice – From a few fresh lemons, around 3-4 lemons.
- Plant milk – I used unsweetened soy milk, but another plant milk will work. Try to use unsweetened so the flavor/sweetness doesn’t overwhelm.
- Cornstarch – For thickening the lemon filling.
How to make lavender lemon bars
Find the complete recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.
First, add the culinary lavender and sugar to a food processor or blender and blend/pulse until the lavender is in tiny pieces and well integrated into the sugar. It should smell very fragrant!
Next, make the easy shortbread crust by mixing the melted vegan butter, sugar, flour and salt together, then press into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
Prepare the filling on the stovetop by whisking all ingredients and heat until bubbly and thickened. Spread the filling over the crust and let cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator for a few hours.
Once they are set, chilled and ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar.
How to store leftover lemon bars
Store leftover bars in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. They don’t freeze well. The powdered sugar will disappear in the fridge, so dust just before serving. They still taste great without any powdered sugar, but they look prettier with it.
Want more lemon desserts?
- Vegan Lemon Cake
- Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Whipped Lemon Buttercream
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies
- Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie
- Lemon Blueberry Lavender Cake
Lavender Lemon Bars
Lavender Lemon Filling
- powdered sugar, for dusting
- more lavender, optional
- Prepare the lavender sugar: You can do this as the crust is baking, or a few days ahead of time for more flavor! Add dried culinary lavender and sugar to a food processor and pulse/blend until the lavender is finely ground and mixed into the sugar, about 20 seconds. Set aside until ready to use.
- Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a little overhang for easy removal.
- Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix together the melted vegan butter, sugar and salt. Add the flour and stir until combined. The dough will be thick. Press it into the pan with your hands, evenly and firmly. Bake for about 18 minutes until the edges are very lightly browned. Set aside.
- Make the filling: In a medium saucepan, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, lavender infused sugar, milk, cornstarch and a tiny pinch of turmeric. Whisk well to dissolve the cornstarch and turn the heat to medium-high. Whisk frequently, until the mixture bubbles and and thickens. Once it thickens, remove it from heat. You don't want to over cook it.
- Spread filling and let cool: Spread the filling evenly over the cooked crust. Let it cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator for an additional 1-2 hours, or overnight. The filling will set and firm up.
- Serve: Lift the bars out of the pan with the parchment paper, dust generously with powdered sugar and sprinkle a few lavender leaves on top, if desired. Cut into 16 squares and serve. Enjoy!
Leftovers should be kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. They can be frozen as well.
May use full fat canned coconut milk for the milk. I prefer soy or almond milk.
For gluten free, use a quality gluten free flour mix in the crust.