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Lemon-Coconut Tofu Squares


Tofu does dessert: Combined with sugar, lemons, coconut oil, and whole wheat, it provides the basis for an airy, ethereal lemon square.

  • Yield: Makes 9

Photography: MARIA ROBLEDO

Source: Whole Living, September 2012


For the Crust

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, plus more for brushing
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch-square baking dish with oil, then line with parchment, leaving an overhang, and brush parchment with oil. Set aside.

  2. Make the crust: Stir together 1/2 cup oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add flour and stir until just combined. Press dough into prepared dish and bake until pale golden-brown, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Process tofu, sugar, lemon zest and juice, baking powder, and flour in a food processor until smooth. Pour onto baked crust and bake until set, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool completely, then dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into squares.

Reviews Add a comment

  • ramles
    20 AUG, 2016
    These were delicious. Really love that they are butter and egg free AND made with whole wheat pastry flour. A lovely tender, lemony square. Easy to whip up as well.
  • ananda73
    3 SEP, 2012
    This recipe was simply wonderful! I too added shredded coconut to the crust and used agave nectar to sweeten both the crust and filling. I reduced the amount of sugar to 1/2c. I also omitted the powdered sugar on top. These could be the best lemon bars ever! I especially loved that there was no yucky egg after taste as found in many other recipes. Thanks Whole Living!
  • JellyBean23
    26 AUG, 2012
    This recipe turned out great! Super easy and everyone said they never would have known it was made with tofu. I also added a bit of shredded coconut to the filling before baking and maybe next time would decrease the sugar a tad. Definitely a hit!
  • danirenosidda
    19 AUG, 2012
    This recipe was fantastic! I would add just a little bit more lemon juice though.