Lemon Bars

A blissful dessert all on its own, these lemon bars are even better with a Lemon Curd filling.

Makes: 20 bars

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty: Intermediate

Lemon Bar Crust


  • 290 g (2 cups + 6 Tablespoons) plain flour, divided use
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 225 g (1 cup) butter


  1. To make the crust, heat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Place 160g (1¼ cups) of the flour, 115g (½ cup) of the butter and 55g (¼ cup) of the sugar into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 6.
  4. Use the On/Off switch to quickly pulse 5 times. Remove lid, scrape down the sides of the container and around the blades, then replace the lid and pulse 5 additional times.
  5. Spoon the contents of the Vitamix container into a 33 cm X 23 cm (13-inch X 9-inch) pan.
  6. Repeat the same process with the remaining flour, butter and sugar.
  7. Press the flour mixture into the pan evenly and bake for 20 minutes, until just golden brown.
    Place pan on a wire rack.

Lemon Curd Filling


  • 120 ml (½ cup) lemon juice
  • 5 large eggs
  • 335 g (1½ cup) caster sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Place lemon juice, eggs, sugar, salt and zest into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  3. Blend for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to Variable 5 and remove the lid plug. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, through the lid plug opening incorporating butter completely between additions.
  5. Replace the lid plug and increase speed to Variable 10.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the custard over the crust and allow to chill before serving or allow to cool slightly and serve at room temperature.
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Dried Fruit Chia Bars

With plenty of berries, nuts, and seeds, these bars are as filling as they are delicious and great for on-the-go mornings.

Makes: 6 bars

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Difficulty: Intermediate


  • 85 g (½ cup) almonds, blanched
  • 50 g (½ cup) pecan halves, roasted
  • 30 g (¼ cup) sunflower seeds, roasted
  • 35 g (¼ cup) flaxseed
  • 40 g (¼ cup) dried blueberries
  • 35 g (¼ cup) dried cherries
  • 25 g (¼ cup) dried cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 1 Tablespoon Lucuma powder
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) chia gel
  • 1 Tablespoon honey


  1. Spray a 13×23-cm (5×9-inch) loaf tin with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Place almonds and pecans into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 7.
  4. Pulse by quickly turning the machine on and off 2 to 3 times. Transfer chopped nuts into a medium-size mixing bowl.
  5. Rinse container and place sunflower seeds, flaxseed, dried fruit, and Lucuma powder into the Vitamix container.
    Select Variable 7.
  6. Pulse by quickly turning the machine on and off 15 to 20 times. Add mixture to the chopped nuts.
  7. Add hemp seeds, chia gel, and honey to the mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  8. Press mixture into prepared loaf tin. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Slice into six bars.


Chef’s Note: To make the chia gel, place 120ml (½ cup) water and 3 Tablespoons chia seeds into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Start machine and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 35 to 45 seconds. For a vegan recipe, substitute maple syrup for the honey.

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Holiday Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes baking during the holidays both easy and fun! And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a teaspoon of your favourite extract for some flavour variation.

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

Total Time: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Intermediate


  • 226 g (1 cup) butter
  • 220 g (1 cup plus 1 teaspoon) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 280 g (2⅓ cup) plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter, sugar, almond extract, and egg into your Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  3. Select the lowest setting. Start the machine, slowly increase speed to Variable 6, and blend for 20 seconds.
  4. Remove the lid plug and begin Pulsing as you add in half of the flour and baking soda.
  5. Stop the machine and scrape the container. Add the remaining flour and baking soda. Pulse 15 to 18 times on Variable 5, or until combined. If the dough becomes too thick, scrape sides again.
  6. Remove dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Roll out dough, cut into desired shapes, and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden.
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Cranberry Coconut Squares

The light, mild flavour of shredded coconut balances the tartness of the cranberries in this holiday dessert.

Submitted By: Vitamix

Dietary Interests: Low Sodium, Vegetarian

Makes: 9 servings

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Difficulty: Advanced



  • 45 g (¼ cup) margarine
  • 50 g (¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 60 g (½ cup) whole wheat flour
  • 60 g (½ cup) plain flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. To make the crust, place margarine, sugar, flours, and salt into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
  5. Blend for 15 to 20 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. Remove and press into the bottom of a sprayed 8-inch square pan. Bake for 12 minutes, until just barely golden around the edges.



  • 1 large egg
  • 200 g (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice
  • 150 g (1½ cup) cranberries
  • 35 g (½ cup) unsweetened flaked coconut


  1. Place large egg, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon juice into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 15 seconds.
  5. Sprinkle the cranberries and coconut evenly over the baked crust. Pour the lemon mixture from the Vitamix container over top.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and set.
  7. Cool completely and cut into squares.
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Liquorice Energy Bites

These delicious snack bites give you a burst of energy during hikes or just getting through the middle of a workday.

Makes: 24 energy bites

Total Time: 11 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • 150 g (2 cups) shredded coconut
  • 475 g (2 cups) raw almonds
  • 200 g (2 cups) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, or sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lucuma powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 teaspoons liquorice powder
  • 2 teaspoons activated charcoal
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) water


  1. Add all ingredients into the Vitamix container. Secure the lid. Start the machine and increase speed to Variable 10 using the tamper to press ingredients towards the blades.
  2. Continue blending until an even texture has formed. Total blend time is approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute. It may be necessary to stop the machine halfway through blend time to scrape the side of the container.
  3. Roll the mixture into round balls. Roll finished balls in desiccated coconut, if desired.

Because this is a very thick mixture, working quickly to push ingredients towards the blades while blending is recommended. Activated charcoal has no nutritional value.

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