Lemon Bars Recipe

Looking for an easy Lemon Bars recipe? Learn how to make Lemon Bars using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by soxgreen

Makes 16 servings



from The Joy of Vegan Baking: Think lemon meringue pie without the meringue! Who needs whipped egg whites anyway, when you can experience the sweet/tart lemon filling in a buttery shortbread crust?

Recipe Ingredients for Lemon Bars

1/2 cup non-hydrogenated non-dairy butter , at room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup tofu (soft or firm)
1/3 cup lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 3 lemons)
2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

Recipe Directions for Lemon Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8- inch baking pan with canola oil (or use a cooking spray) and sprinkle with just a light dusting of all-purpose flour.

  2. To make the crust, in the bowl of your electric stand mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, and beat until the dough just comes together. Press into the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.

  3. To make the filling, in a food processor or blender, add the tofu and blend until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and blend until nice and smooth. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, and cornstarch. Pour the filling over the baked shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

  4. To serve, cut into squares or bars and dust with the sifted confectioners' sugar. Wait until you're just about to serve the bars before you sprinkle them with the confectioners' sugar. Otherwise, it will soak into the bars and you'll miss out on that pretty presentation. I think these are best eaten the day they are made, but they can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Categories

Fruits, Dessert, Bake, Vegetarian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 37.4g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
107
Calories from Fat
53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
5.9g
9%
Saturated Fat
2.3g
11%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
61mg
3%
Potassium
33mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates
11.9g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
Sugars
4.0g
Protein
1.6g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C
  Good points
  • No cholesterol
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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