lemon sugar cookie squares with yogurt frosting and lemon zest on parchment paper

If you’re a lemon lover like me (and a sugar cookie lover), say hi to your new favorite treat! These no-bake paleo lemon sugar cookie squares are healthy, super simple, and SO tasty.

This recipe could not be easier, but it leaves you with the most delicious little bites of heaven!! I promise you’ll be hooked. You just toss everything in a food processor, freeze the dough, and voila! Snacks for days 🙂

The base of the bars are raw cashews, for a plant-based and grain free sugar cookie dough. They’re also refined sugar free; they’re made with just a bit of coconut sugar! I basically always have the ingredients for these on hand, so they are about to be a new go-to for sure.

lemon sugar cookie squares with yogurt frosting and lemon zest on parchment paper

These squares are actually a recipe from my old site. Anyone remember it?! I revamped them just a little bit, but I truly forgot how amazing they are! The flavor and texture are so perfect.

lemon sugar cookie squares with yogurt frosting and lemon zest on parchment paper with a knife and lemon

One of my favorite healthy hacks is using yogurt as a “frosting”. You can easily flavor it yourself, and it makes the best creamy addition on top of snacks like this. I used a plain coconut yogurt here, and mixed in some vanilla and lemon. Vanilla bean powder would be perfect in the frosting, too!

I have not made these with any substitutions, and I highly recommend keeping the recipe as is for the best results!

If you give these a try, it means so much if you leave a rating and comment below 🙂 And also a tag on Instagram makes me so happy because I love seeing your creations! Can’t wait for you guys to get hooked on these like I am!

Enjoy! xo

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Paleo Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 squares 1x
  • Category: Snacks, Dessert


Super simple paleo lemon sugar cookie collagen bars. So delicious and the perfect healthy snack or dessert!


  • 1 + 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup collagen powder (I like using vanilla, but plain will work)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Optional frosting:

  • 4 tbsp thick coconut yogurt
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Splash of vanilla extract


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Press the dough into a parchment lined loaf tin, leaving about 1″ of room on each side so that the bars are not spread too thin.
  3. Freeze for at least 40 minutes-1 hour, then slice into small squares and store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. If you want to make the frosting, you can store the frosting in the fridge on its own for up to 1 week, or you can frost the bars and keep them in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Paleo, Recipes, Snacks


May 5, 2020

Paleo Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

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  1. Sarah says:

    Do you have a suggestion for what to use instead of collagen if I don’t have any?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      You could try protein powder though it may slightly change the taste, or you may be ok leaving it out. I haven’t tried these any other way though!

  2. E says:

    Looks so good! Is there a wya to substitute collagen to make this vegan?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      You could probably leave it out but I haven’t tried it any other way! You could also try vegan protein powder, thought it does have a much stronger taste than collagen.

  3. Olive says:

    Do you have a suggestion for replacing the cashews with a non-nut alternative?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Hi Olive, please see the note in the blog post above! I haven’t tried any substitutions and I don’t think there would be a good substitute since they are the main base of the bars. I’m sorry!

  4. Annie B says:

    Hello – can I replace the coconut flour with something else?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      I haven’t made it any other way so I’m not sure how it would turn out! Coconut flour is pretty absorbent, so it’s hard to find an exact substitute.

  5. Christina says:

    In case this helps anyone…I didn’t have collegan or a protein powder flavor that would go with, so I just threw in some oats and it worked great! No longer paleo, but still yummy! Def recommend making a double batch!

  6. Jena says:

    I love keeping these in the freezer for a snack or dessert. They’re super satisfying and can hold me over for quite a while. Tasty and so easy to make!

  7. Erum says:

    These were so easy to make and are a perfect little dessert bite! Love the flavor and the healthy ingredients! I used Primal Kitchen vanilla coconut flavored collagen.

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