These Weight Watchers Lemon Bars have a great tasting shortbread crust with a lemon filling. They are sweet, satisfying, and less than 5 points.
Have you ever reached a point in life when you are at a crossroads? I still love baking and will always love sweets. Unfortunately, I’m at a point where I’m heavier than I like. I’m tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and with Summer lurking around the corner, I know it’s time to make a change.
I technically don’t want to be on a diet forever, but want to do a lifestyle change of making healthier choices. I don’t have a problem with eating healthy fruits, veggies, lean proteins, etc. A potato chip doesn’t really tempt me, but sweets will always be my weakness. I can’t imagine life without peanut butter cups, brownies, apple fritters, and chocolate. With that being said, I’ve decided to start making healthier desserts. I don’t want to compromise taste but if I can reduce sugar and fat, I’m willing to give it a try.
I’ll be posting nutritional information on my recipes going forward. I’m a little shocked and saddened to see how much sugar and fat are in some of my favorite desserts.
I thought these Weight Watchers Lemon Bars would be a good starting point. Each bar is roughly around one hundred calories or five points.
Here’s how to make Weight Watchers Lemon Bars:
Start by grating lemons for lemon zest followed by slicing and squeezing of lemons to measure 3/4 cup lemon juice. Depending on size of your lemons, it will probably take at least 5 to 6 lemons.
Use large bowl to add flour, light brown sugar, chopped butter, and lemon zest. Use pastry blender or food processor to blend until mixture is very crumbly.
The flour mixture will be very dry (think sand). You’ll need to press mixture into 9 x 13 inch pan with back of spatula or hands.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
While crust is baking, use large bowl to mix eggs, vanilla extract and half of powdered sugar together with electric mixer until well blended.
Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, and remaining powdered sugar. Blend until well mixed.
As soon as crust is baked, remove from oven and pour lemon mixture over hot crust. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for additional 30 minutes.
Remove pan to wire rack and let cool completely. I cut bars lengthwise into six rows and crosswise by four rows to equal 24 bars. Dust with powdered sugar if desired and keep stored in refrigerator.
Weight Watchers Lemon Bars
These Weight Watchers Lemon Bars have a tasty, crispy crust with a zesty lemon filling. A sweet and tasty dessert with only 5 points.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cold cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 5 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grate lemons for lemon zest and then slice and squeeze lemons to equal 3/4 cup lemon juice.
In large bowl, add in flour, light brown sugar, lemon zest, and chopped butter. Use pastry blender or food processor to blend until finely crumbled.
2. Press mixture into 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
In large bowl, add in eggs, vanilla extract, and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar. Blend with electric mixer on medium speed until well-blended. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, and remaining powdered sugar and blend until well combined.
2. As soon as crust is baked, pour lemon mixture into pan. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
3. Remove pan from oven and let cool on wire rack. Once cooled, cut bars lengthwise into 6 rows and crosswise into 4 rows to equal 24 bars.
4. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers