These are spectacular! An easy summer dessert to serve to non-vegans, who "will never know" there's tofu in it! It's excellent any time of the year as a light ending to an Asian, Caribbean, Indian, or Mediterranean meal.

Key Lime or Lemon Lime Bars [Vegan]

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Calories

290.5

Serves

9

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Ingredients

Crumb Crust: 
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan graham cracker crumbs (or vegan animal cracker crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup fine unsweetened grated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons melted vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup, organic corn syrup, agave nectar or golden syrup
Filling: 
  • 10 tablespoons raw cashews, soaked in hot water for a few minutes and drained
  • 12.3 oz box extra-firm SILKEN tofu, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons) key lime juice OR 5 tablespoons regular lime juice and 5 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or organic bottled)
  • grated zest of one large lemon or lime, or 4 key limes
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp agar powder
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup organic fair trade granulated unbleached sugar
Garnish: 
  • Grated lime zest
  • Toasted grated coconut
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Preparation

  1. Mix the Crust ingredients well and press evenly into a parchment-lined 9 x 9-inch baking pan.   Bake at 325ºF for 10-12 minutes.  Cool thoroughly before filling.
  2.  Mix the drained cashews in a blender with the tofu, lime and/or lemon juice, zest, and salt. Process for several minutes (be patient!), until it is very smooth.  Stop the blender and scrape the mixture down if necessary.
  3.  Soak the agar in the cold water for a few minutes, in a small pot or a microwave-proof bowl with plenty of room for boil-up. Cook it, stirring, over medium heat until dissolved, OR microwave it in two 30-second intervals (stir after first one).  Stir in sugar to dissolve. Scrape this carefully into the mixture in the blender (try to get it all with a rubber spatula). Process the mixture until well-blended.
  4.  Pour this immediately into the baked, cooled crust.  Sprinkle with the garnish of your choice. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting into 9 squares.

Notes

Some bulk graham cracker crumbs are vegan-- check the label on the bin (if it's visible) or ask your grocer to let you see the original bag. Otherwise, you will have to make your own crumbs (in a dry food processor or blender) from vegan graham crackers.

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Nutritional Information

11.5g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 193.7mg sodium; 154.7mg potassium; 44.3g carbohydrates; 1.2g fiber; 30.8g sugar; 5.9g protein. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.