Gluten Free Lemon Bars are the easiest lemon bar recipe, and they just so happen to be gluten free! Thick, creamy, tart, and utterly delicious. The Best Lemon Bars you’ll ever taste!
What’s in this Lemon Bars Recipe?
We love our classic lemon bars so much, we just had to make a gluten-free version! These lemon bars have quickly become one of my favorite gluten-free dessert recipes on the site. They are so creamy, dreamy, and easy!
- Gluten-Free Flour: Part of what makes these Gluten Free Lemon Bars oh-so-easy and perfect is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. You heard that right, one-to-one! No more adding in special ingredients to make gluten-free flours work with your favorite recipes. You can literally add this flour into any of your best bets just as you would all-purpose flour and bake away.
- Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the crust and the filling.
- Salted Butter: Adds fat and flavor to the crust. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to balance the flavor.
- Water: Helps bring these bars together and makes them dairy-free!
- Lemon: You’ll need 4 lemons for this recipe. You’ll use the juice of 4 and the zest of 2. I do not recommend using bottled lemon juice, as it just won’t taste right.
- Eggs: Help make the filling rich and creamy like lemon curd!
Pro Tip: You can also make these lemon bars with regular all-purpose flour if you’re not gluten-free!
Variations on the Best Lemon Bars
These dreamy gluten free lemon bars are so easily adaptable!
- For Blueberry Lemon Bars, stir a cup of fresh blueberries into the filling, or add a thin layer of blueberry jam between the crust and the curd.
- For Raspberry Lemon Bars, stir a cup of fresh raspberries into the filling, or add a thin layer of raspberry jam between the crust and the curd.
- For Cranberry Lemon Bars, stir a cup of fresh cranberries into the filling, or cook down some cranberries and sugar into a cranberry jam!
- For Meyer Lemon Bars, use Meyer lemon juice and zest.
- For Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Graham Cracker Crust, pulse a few sheets of gluten-free graham crackers in a food processor and use them in place of the flour.
On average, each lemon has 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest. Great info to know!
A lemon can stay good and fresh for up to 1 week at room temperature and 2-3 weeks in the fridge. Cut lemons can stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.
I recommend keeping them cool. You can keep them in the fridge or on the counter in an airtight container for 2-3 days, but the refrigeration will only enhance the flavor of the bars and keep them extra creamy.
I recommend no more than 2-3 days in an airtight container.
Yes! Lemon bars freeze beautifully for up to 3 months!
How to Store Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
Store leftover gluten free lemon bars in an airtight container or Ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Lemon bars are best enjoyed slightly cool or at room temperature.
How to Freeze GF Lemon Bars
Freeze gluten free lemon bars whole or cut into individual bars tightly wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and 1 layer of aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
What to Serve with Gluten-Free Lemon Squares
These lemon bars are delicious all on their own or paired with a heaping dollop of whipped cream, meringue, or a dusting powdered sugar. Top the bars with toasted sweetened, shredded coconut flakes to make them festive for Easter. A surprising combo you may love is topping these with a bit of chocolate magic shell!
Some drink pairings I love include lavender lemonade, oat milk, or a pineapple matcha. Cheers!
More Gluten Free Dessert Recipes We Love
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Spritz Cookies
- Gluten Free Carrot Cake Bars
- Gluten Free Brownies
- Gluten Free Churros
These are better than any other lemon bars that I’ve ever had– even the kind with gluten and dairy. My husband prefers these over all other recipes (and he’s not gluten and dairy free), and my mom made a huge batch for my brother’s wedding. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!
Wow, I’m so happy to hear they’re such a hit with your family, Selena!!
Hello, I just made these for the first time. They taste really good but is the filling supposed to be on the softer side?
Hi Christine, they will set up more firmly in the refrigerator if that’s what you’re looking for!
These were VERY good! They have a lot of lemony flavor without being too sour, and the crust was excellent. My Gluten Free friends really appreciated that the crust was slightly crunchy, light, and buttery. Perfect, and they are now my go-to lemon bar recipe!
I’m so happy to hear you loved them, Jennifer!
These are fabulous. The crust is crispy and buttery and the texture and flavor is exactly what I was hoping for. I made a trial batch for my coworkers, so they’ll be the true test. I’m making more for my daughter’s bridal shower this weekend.
I’m so happy to hear you love them, Susan!
Interested in making this ahead of time. Can it be frozen?
Yes! Cut into individual squares, then freeze on a lined baking sheet until solid, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to an airtight container to store for up to 3 months!
Made these for an event and everyone went CRAZY for them! They didn’t even know they were GF either 😉
I was wondering if you think I could use an egg replacement (just egg) in the recipe? My son is allergic to eggs, but I’d love to be able to make these for him!
I’m so glad they were a hit! I’ve not tried with an egg replacer, but let me know how it goes!
I tried this as I wanted to bake something for a friend who avoids gluten. I’ve made many a lemon bar and these just did not do it for me. The crust didn’t taste nice and buttery the way the crust usually would and the topping came out tasting floury even though I followed the recipe to a T. Disappointed given the other great reviews and wouldn’t repeat.
I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work out as expected, Lorraine! How did you measure the flour? I recommend using a scale for the most accurate results, or using the spoon-and-level method to avoid packing the flour in the measuring cup!
Does anyone know if you can use Bob’s Redmill gluten-free flour to make this rather than the 1:1 flour? The grocery store didn’t have 1:1 and I’m hoping to make this for NYE tomorrow. Thanks!
I have not tested this recipe with regular gluten-free flour. I always recommend 1:1 flour for the best results!
I made these and they were fantastic. I like to measure with a scale for baking and I’m questioning the grams for the lemon zest. Is it meant to read 1-2 grams not 12? At least that’s now I see it .
1 tablespoon of lemon zest weighs 6 grams, so 2 tablespoons weigh 12 grams! A teaspoon would be 1-2 grams.
Hi Becky, This lemon bar recipe deserves more than 5 stars in my book. I made the recipe as written, but technique wise~~here are 2 tips that may help some readers:
1. I made the base crust in food processor. I just roughly cut up a stick of frozen butter and tossed it in food processor bowl with other crust ingredients. I used a little more than 2 tablespoons of water for the crust to roughly come together.
2. When patting the crust base into the pan, I dampened my fingers with a little water and this really helped to keep the dough off my fingers and to get it down smooth into the pan
Those are some great tips, Judy!
This was an excellent tip. Thank you!