Lemon curd always seems like magic to me—blend together eggs, lemon juice, and a sweetener and end up with a silky, thick, opaque delight that’s something like pudding but with bright and juicy lemon flavors. These paleo lemon curd recipes are the best of lemon curd, paleo-style, with cookies, cakes, simple curd recipes, and more.
1. Paleo Lemon Cake With Lemon Curd and Meringue Frosting
Nothing says spring like a lemon cake with lemon curd and meringue frosting. This cake is light and delicious, with a paleo-friendly base made from coconut and arrowroot flours, a gelatin-rich lemon curd that’s super-creamy with full fat coconut milk, and a fluffy meringue frosting.
2. Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
These cookies are made with almond flour and honey, and have a delicious lemon flavor in their base thanks to lemon juice and zest. Fill them up with a sweet-and-easy paleo lemon curd made from eggs, lemons, honey, sea salt, and butter or ghee. You could also use coconut oil if necessary.
3. Honey Sweetened Lemon Curd
If you’re just looking for a simple recipe for paleo-friendly lemon curd, you’ve found the right recipe. This one is made with eggs, raw honey, lemon juice, coconut oil or grass-fed butter, lemon zest, fine grain sea salt, and vanilla extract. I love the flexibility of this recipe with coconut oil or butter.
4. Luscious Lemon Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting
Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and frosted with vanilla frosting? Oh, yes please. These cupcakes have a perfect double-lemon flavor and a light, fluffy texture that you look for in a good cupcake. Make them with arrowroot and coconut flour and sweeten with maple syrup.
5. Paleo Lemon Curd Pie
Lemon meringue pie used to be one of my favorites as a kid, so I’m pretty excited about this paleo-friendly recipe for a similar dish, minus the meringue. This simple pie has a coconut flour crust and is filled with a silky yellow lemon curd, bursting with flavor.
6. Zingy Lemon Curd Squares
The buttery almond flour shortbread base on these lemon curd squares is absolutely to die for, but the lemon curd topping is even better. Make these bars with almond flour, vanilla, ghee or coconut oil, eggs, arrowroot starch, honey, lemon extract, and lemon juice.
7. Strawberry Lemon Curd Coconut Milk Pudding
This easy trifle is made with eggs, honey, lemon zest, coconut oil or butter, and lemon juice for a smooth lemon curd layered with easy vanilla coconut milk pudding and fresh strawberry slices. You could also use other berries, like blueberries or raspberries.
8. Sugar Free Lemon Curd
Lemon curd requires certain chemical reactions to turn into thick, pudding-like perfection, but there are some parts of the recipe that are flexible. For example, you can make lemon curd sugar-free by sweetening with stevia (Truvia), like in this recipe!
9. Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies
Made with ground almonds, tapioca flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest, these sugar cookies have a light texture and a delicious flavor that’s just sweet enough without being too sugary. Fill them with a delicious vegan lemon curd, thickened with arrowroot powder instead of eggs.
10. Lemon Meringue Tarts
This three-part tart is delicious with a honey-sweetened pastry base, a simple lemon curd filling (you can replace the butter with coconut oil if you desire), and a vanilla meringue topping sweetened with honey. They’re like mini lemon meringue pies, paleo-style!
11. Sugar Free Berry and Lemon Curd Pavlovas
You can make this recipe paleo by replacing the xylitol with powdered stevia (though you’ll want to reduce the amount) and using arrowroot starch in place of the cornstarch. I love how this recipe makes pavlova so simple, as if always seems like a fickle dessert.