Healthy Meyer Lemon Bars

Healthy Meyer Lemon Bars

I happen to love lemon bars. Like i REALLY love them. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that my fiances parents have a lemon tree in their backyard, and it’s not just any lemon tree… it’s a Meyer Lemon tree.

For those of you who dont know, Meyer lemons are amazing! Without having tried one, it would be hard to imagine a lemon really tasting “better” than the rest. But, give one a taste and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

The other reason I’m really excited about this recipe is that it’s nice and healthy! Chances are if you’re on my website your looking for a healthy recipe that still tastes as good as the original. This is one that I have to say tastes even better =) Take it from a self-professed lemon bar snob. And it’s only 87 calories!!

Healthy Meyer Lemon Bars. This healthy version is only 87 calories a bar and tastes better than the original! Click here for the recipe: : http://proshapefitness.com/2014/01/26/healthy-meyer-lemon-bars/

Something to consider before making any lemon bar recipe is whether you want a sweet or tart bar. (I love my lemon bars extra tart). That being said, if you want a sweeter bar you can either reduce the lemon juice a bit or add more sweetener. However, everyone who tried these loved the extra little kick! Dont worry, you won’t be puckering 😉

The key to this recipe is using FRESH lemons. Sure, the bottled lemon juice may be handy but it’s packed with unnecessary additives and it won’t taste as good. Trust me on this. Oh, and of course you can’t forget the Meyer lemons. Of course, you can substitute these for regular lemons (as they can be hard to find), but I urge you to use the Meyer variety if possible. You won’t be disappointed.

Ok enough yapping. Here’s the recipe.

Healthy Meyer Lemon Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Ingredients

  • For the Crust
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup xylitol
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • For the Filling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (~5 small Meyer lemons)
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup xylitol
  • optional: 2 tbsp powdered sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 8"x8" glass or ceramic pan with nonstick spray
  3. In a medium bowl, combine crust ingredients
  4. Press mixture onto bottom of greased pan
  5. Bake for 15 minutes
  6. Remove crust from oven and reduce temperature to 325 degrees
  7. Thoroughly combine remaining filling ingredients (except for optional powdered sugar) until smooth
  8. Pour mixture over crust and bake for 20m (or until set). Mixture should not be "jiggly"
  9. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack completely
  10. Refrigerate for at least and hour, before serving.
  11. Optional: spindle top with powdered sugar before serving
  12. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days

Notes

Nutritional Info: 87 calories, 15g carb, 4g fat, 2g protein

http://proshapefitness.com/2014/01/26/healthy-meyer-lemon-bars/

About Melissa

Melissa Wilson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and received her Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. In addition to in-person training, Melissa is the founder of ProShape Fitness -- a healthy living company, which specializes in online fitness and nutrition coaching for individuals who want to get back into shape and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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