Enjoy our healthy twist on this tangy and delicious dessert, easy lemon bars.  These yummy bars are perfect for cook-outs, picnics, or afternoon lunches!

“When Life gives you lemons, make Easy Lemon Bars! That’s how I felt the other night. It was 9:00pm and we had just gotten home and put the kiddos into bed. Suddenly, I remember I have an office pot-luck the next day. This sweet treat was the perfect solution. It was so quick to throw together and, of course, it was a HIT the next day. Because the ingredients and steps are so simple, I was able to quickly throw this together in a matter of minutes (enjoy a glass of wine while the crust baked – and another while the topping baked). Viola! Easy and Delicious!”
Raye, Resident Mom, March 2015

Skinny Mom Fact: High in vitamin C, lemons prevent scurvy, a disease that causes bleeding gums, loose teeth and aching joints.

Easy Lemon Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yields: 24 bars

Serving Size: 1bar


  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose whole-wheat flour
  • 5 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make crust, mix whole-wheat flour and brown sugar using a food processor until fully mixed. Toss butter into flour mixture and pulse to combine using short bursts of power until butter is cut into tiny pea-sized pieces and dough appears lumpy.
  3. Sprinkle crust mixture onto an ungreased 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking pan as evenly as possible; press down with a spatula to create a packed surface.
  4. Place crust in middle of oven and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
  5. While crust is baking, to make lemon topping, beat egg and egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until well blended.
  6. Add vanilla extract and ¾ cup of powdered sugar; mix well.
  7. Add lemon juice and remaining powdered sugar; mix until powdered sugar is completely dissolved and then add zest.
  8. As soon as crust is finished, remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  9. Immediately pour lemon mixture over hot crust
  10. Bake for 30 minutes; cool, and cut into 24 bars.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (1 bar)

Calories: 113

Fat: 2.7g

Carbs: 22g

Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g