I’ve been craving sweet and sour things of late, so this deliciously healthy lemon slice recipe has been hitting the spot big time!

I have fond childhood memories of a lemon coconut slice that was based on packaged sweet biscuits, condensed milk and butter in the base, and a lemony topping based on icing sugar. A classic Grandma-style recipe.

But since dairy and refined sugar are not my jam anymore, I wanted to create a healthier plant-based version.

So here it is friends…


Healthy Lemon Slice Recipe Vegan

Not only is it made using clean & nutritious whole food ingredients, but it’s the perfect combination of sweetness and tanginess.

It’s also almost raw – oats are technically not raw since they are heated in the process of flattening them. But aside from that, this is a raw vegan recipe.

If you’ve got a craving for anything lemony, this healthy coconut lemon slice has got your back!


How to Make It

The first step here is to soak the cashews. If you have a good high speed blender, you could probably get away with skipping this step. But ideally you want to soak them in filtered water for 3 hours prior. This will soften them up so that they blend easier. To speed this up you can also soak them for just an hour in hot water.

The base is a simple combo of oats, desiccated coconut, almond meal, coconut sugar, lemon juice and a little coconut oil.

You can add the zest of half a lemon if you enjoy that flavour, or even a drop of therapeutic grade essential oil which gives a similar flavour to the zest and is much quicker!

A quick blitz of the above in a food processor will give you a mixture that you can press into the bottom of a 16x16cm baking pan. Pop this in the fridge while you prepare your topping.

Drain and rinse the soaked cashews and add them to a blender (or small food processer) along with more desiccated coconut and lemon juice, some maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and a pinch of turmeric for that nice yellow colour 😉

Blend until it’s smooth-ish – it won’t be perfectly smooth due to the desiccated coconut. Spread the topping evenly over the base, sprinkle with a little extra coconut and voila!

It’s that easy.

And just as good as the old school non-vegan lemon slice recipe!


PS: I wrote a post to clear up the confusion about whether oats are actually gluten-free, and why I never label my oat-containing recipes as gluten-free (even if they are otherwise GF). Check it out by clicking here.

No Bake Lemon Slice Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Vegan Lemon Coconut Slice Recipe
Vegan No-Bake Coconut Lemon Slice
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Simple and healthy sweet and sour slice!

Course: Dessert
Keywords: Coconut Lemon Slice, Lemon Slice Recipe, No-bake Vegan Slice, Vegan Lemon Slice
For the Base:
  • 1.5 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • zest from 1/2 a lemon (optional)
For the Topping
  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch turmeric (optional - for yellow colour)
  1. Add all base ingredients to a food process and process to a fine crumb.

  2. Press into a 16x16cm baking dish, lined with baking or parchment paper then place in the fridge.

  3. Add all topping ingredients to a small food processor or blender and pulse until a smooth consistency is formed (will still appear slightly textured due to the coconut).

  4. Spread the topping evenly over prepared base. Garnish with a little extra coconut then refrigerate for an hour or so before slicing into desired number of pieces and serving!


  1. Emily

    5 stars
    These vegan coconut lemon slices hit the spot with the burst of sweetness and sourness! I love this simple snack with healthy ingredients, it’s such an improvement over what I grew up eating.

  2. Freya

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh these bars look absolutely divine and full of flavour!

  3. Choclette

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I love the sharpness that lemon brings to sweet bakes. And I’m definitely up for an almost healthy slice.

  4. Marinela

    5 stars
    This coconut lemon slice is perfectly sweet! Lovely simple dessert idea!

  5. Anaiah

    5 stars
    Did you say no-bake? I am all for easy dessert recipes! This vegan coconut lemon slice looks absolutely amazing and will be the perfect afternoon pick me up.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Sign up for a Freebie!

Join my mailing list and get a free guide to simple plant-based swaps

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This!

Would your people love this post?