Reprinted from The Blood Type Diet Website (

Lemon Shortbread Bars
6 votes


Decadent tart lemon topping makes these shortbread bars a definite hit!

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (2 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Type AB (2 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Type B (1 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
  • Type O (0 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (0 beneficials)
  • Baked Good


  • 1 1/3 cup spelt flour [or rice]
  • 2 Tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened) Or ghee (doesn't work quite as well)

    Lemon topping

  • 2/3 cup agave
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch (or other BTD thickener - tapioca starch work well)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
How to make it:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream Agave and butter together, add flour and pour into a 9x9 baking pan.
  3. Spread mixture evenly with a spoon and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
  4. While shortbread is baking, combine Agave, starch and water in a sauce pan on med/low heat until bubbly.
  5. Add egg yolks (beaten) and lemon juice and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat and add butter stirring until mixed.
  7. Pour lemon topping over baked shortbread, cover and cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 min.
  8. Keep unused portion refrigerated.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Agave Syrup  N N N N N N N N
Egg Yolk (chicken)1 N N N B N N N N
Lemon/Lemon Juice1 B B B B N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Additive Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Arrowroot- N N N N N N N N

Dairy Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Butter1 A A A A N N N N
Ghee (Clarified Butter)1 N N N B N B N N

Grain Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Spelt Flour/Products2 ,3 ,4 ,5 N N N N N N N A
Rice Cake/Flour3 ,4 ,5 B N B B B B N N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients that contain gluten.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients which may be genetically modified .
[5] This recipe uses ingredients which are high in phytates.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

    Please Note:
    When using any recipe, always check it for avoids and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database has been recently greatly enhanced. Also, the food lists changed somewhat a couple of years ago, and all recipes in the database may not reflect those changes in terms of the blood types for which the recipes are recommended. Volunteer Blood Type Diet Forums Members are working to review and update all the recipes to take advantage of the all the new features and food lists. Please be patient with us until the process has been completed.

    Revision History:
    • Revised Nov 28, 2007 at 08:47 AM By: Rodney