Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Low-Fat Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars are one of my all-time favorite sweet treats, so when I saw a recipe for Low Fat Lemon Bars in the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fifth Edition , I knew I wanted to try them.
I baked a double batch in a 9x13-inch baking pan to bring to my friend, Beth's party. They were a huge hit!
Rod devoured two at home before the party and was surprised to hear they were a Weight Watchers recipe. I loved them too.
More tart than sweet, tangy and refreshing, these are definitely my go-to lemon bars from now on. Nobody will ever guess they're low fat.
Low-Fat Lemon Bars Recipe Notes
They take some work, but are worth it if you love homemade lemon bars. Baking them is a two-step process. First you make the crust.
And while it's baking, you prepare the filling, pour it over the hot crust and bake them again until set.
These WW Low Fat Lemon Bars would be perfect whenever you want a special light and luscious dessert.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Lemon Bars?
According to my calculations, each serving has 113 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
If you like these WW Low-Fat Lemon Bars, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes: Lemon Coconut Tea Cake, Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, Lightened Up Lemon Cream Cheesecake Bars, Savory Lemon Rosemary Blueberry Bread, Skinny No Bake Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake, Pink Lemonade Bundt Cake, Slow Cooker Lemon Cake and Slow Cooker Lemon Poppyseed Cake
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Weight Watchers Low Fat Lemon Bars Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided use
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided use
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ½ cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Heat the oven to 350F degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing the foil to extend over the rim by 2 inches. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.
To make the crust:
- In a small bowl, whisk together ⅔ cup of the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt until well blended; then set it aside.
- In another small bowl, beat together the eggs and egg white.
- Take 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture and place it in a cup, along with the teaspoon of water, and stir it together. Set aside both egg mixtures.
- With an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter in a medium bowl until creamy. Add ¼ cup of the granulated sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the egg-water mixture. Add the flour mixture and beat until blended. (The dough will be crumbly.)
- Press the dough mixture evenly onto the bottom and ¼-inch up the sides of the foil-lined pan. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Make the filling while the crust bakes:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ⅓ cup flour and ¾ cup granulated sugar. Whisk in the remaining egg mixture until blended. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and whisk until well blended.
- Remove the crust from the oven and place on a rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 300F degrees. Pour the lemon mixture over the hot crust. Bake until the filling is set, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle the chilled bars with confectioners' sugar. Use the foil to lift the slab of bars from the pan. Cut into 16 even squares.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
For a quicker, easier option, check out this healthy lightened up 5-ingredient lemon bars video from Mind Over Munch:
More Weight Watchers Friendly Lemon Recipes:
- Skinny Honey Lemon Bars (SkinnyTaste)
- Blueberry Lemon Cannolis (DrizzleMeSkinny)
- Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes (EmilyBites)
- Lemon Blueberry Blender Muffins (EatYourselfSkinny)
- Lemon Cheesecake Yogurt Cups (SkinnyTaste)
- Lightened Up Lemon Squares (DrizzleMeSkinny)
- Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake (SkinnyKitchen)
- Raspberry Lemon Muffins (DrizzleMeSkinny)
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