Jul 6, 2013
Healthy Lemon Bars
When life gives you lemons, DO NOT MAKE LEMONADE… make these healthy Lemon Bars instead!
Because these adorable little treats are exactly how you turn a bad day into a good day.
People correspond the word “dessert” with excess butter, sugar and non-nutritious calories that add to the day’s total. But not these! These Lemon Bars are pretty much the epitome of a healthy dessert — no butter or refined sugar, but instead, whole grains, complete protein and natural flavors.
Healthy Lemon Bars (sugar free and gluten free!)
For the Crust:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways. Leave a 2-inch overhang and lock it in place by placing a long and narrow piece of foil over the top of the pan "walls")
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, stir together the coconut oil, water and butter extract. Microwave at 20-second intervals, until coconut oil melts.
- Pour over the dry ingredients and mix the dough together with your hands, knead into a ball.
- Dump the ball into the prepared pan and flatten it out to the edges. Dock the crust with a fork and bake for ~18 minutes, or until firm and baked all the way through.
- Let cool on a wire cooling rack while you make the filling.
For the Filling:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, starch and stevia extract until mixture is even.
- In a small bowl, add the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Place a sieve over the egg mixture and pour in the lemon juice. Whisk mixture vigorously, then pour over the crust. Bake for ~24 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles.
- Let cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire cooling rack.
This recipe is: gluten free, sugar free, high fiber and high protein!
Here I compare the nutrition labels of a typical Lemon Bar recipe (where there seems to be no limit on the butter and sugar!) and my healthified Lemon Bar recipe. The average Lemon Bar nutrition label is on the left, my recipe’s nutrition label is on the right:
While there might not be a drastic difference in calories and fat, there is a drastic difference in the quality and nutrients of the ingredients used. With my Lemon Bars you will save 40 calories per bar and in turn you will save yourself from the refined-to-the-bone white sugar and bleached flour. Without any sacrifice on flavor. The crust is soft and buttery, the filling is rich and tart, and together they pair to make a sweet dessert perfect at any time of day!