Little Irish Sweetheart

Easy Zesty Lemon Bars

I love lemon and I love lemon drizzle cake. When I was gifted this recipe for Lemon Bars I had to try it. So last weekend I took out the mixing bowl and got to work.

When I do get baking, I like to use easy-to-follow recipes and items that are already in the cupboard.

Ingredients

For the base:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of butter (for a healthy option, make sure the butter is unsalted or substitute coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

For the healthy lemon filling:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice (use organic lemon for that extra burst)
  • 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease a tin with coconut oil or olive oil spray – so handy for greasing cake tins.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, butter and maple syrup/honey.
  4. Spoon the flour, butter and maple syrup/honey mixture into the prepared baking tin. Flatten the mixture down with the back of the spoon. Cover the dish in a thin layer of the mixture.
  5. Bake the crust for 20 minutes and let it cool for ten minutes. Make sure to bake the base first and it’ll turn into a mess if the filling is poured in over the unbaked base.
  6. Combine all of the lemon filling ingredients into a bowl and mix until you get a smooth texture. Make sure there’s no lumps.
  7. Pour the lemon filling over the cooled base and spread evenly. Lightly shake the tin to eliminate any air bubbles.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool. Cut into squares, sprinkle the powered sugar over them, and enjoy!

These are so easy to make – even I can do it! Give them a try because you won’t be sorry.

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