Recipe & picture from Fitness Magazine
Slim Lemon Squares
Makes: 16 servings
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons*
2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 3 tablespoons
1/2 stick cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1. Coat an 8-x-8-x-2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray; set pan aside.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour and 3 tablespoons sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Pat mixture onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in the same bowl, combine egg and egg white. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Add remaining sugar and flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, and baking powder. Beat on medium 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour mixture over baked layer in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until edges are light brown and center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
4. Sift powdered sugar over top. Cut into 16 bars. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition facts per serving (1 bar): 100 calories, 1g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 3g fat (2g saturated), 0g fiber
*I swapped 1/4c all-purpose flour with 1/4c. whole wheat flour
I first laid eyes on these when I opened up my copy of Fitness last month. I was so intrigued by the calorie count and they looked so good, I made them the very minute I walked through the door that day.
Last night, I found some lemons that needed using up so I whipped up a batch of these babies. I hope that provides you with a good enough indication of how much I liked them. Yes, they’re not as sticky and gooey (and SWEET) as regular lemon bars, but hey, if I can get pretty close without blowing too many calories AND I get to use real ingredients (read: butter & sugar), I’m game!
P.S. I know, I know, bad blogger, bad! I didn’t take my own picture! Next time, I swear!