Whole Wheat Strawberry Lemon Bars

Just because you are vowing to eat healthfully, does not mean you cannot enjoy a little dessert now and then. Using better for you ingredients like whole wheat, fresh fruit and less sugar is what these Strawberry Lemon Bars are all about.

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Lemon Bars

Today is a fun day!  Since I work from my home, I love when I can join other bloggers to promote healthy recipes.  It feels like I am working with a bunch of fun people without ever leaving my home.  I can even do it with my pajamas on.  Today I joined with Jenny from The Melrose Family to celebrate EatHealthy 16.  EatHealthy 16 is where over 30 other bloggers join together to give you lots of healthy recipe inspiration. What a big help for getting you started on the right track this New Year.  Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips has healthy snack recipes,  Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes will have healthy meal recipes for you, and Jenny from Melrose Family has healthy dessert recipes. I was tasked with making a healthy dessert, and these Whole Wheat Strawberry Lemon Bars are my contribution.

Healthier Strawberry Lemon Bar Cookies

 

Strawberry Lemon Dessert Recipe

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Lemon Bars

Course Cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 138 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 90 grams whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar and sweetener mix
  • 2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 oz. cold Greek yogurt cream cheese cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. cold water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree about 1 to 1/4 cups sliced strawberries pureed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350•.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the flour and brown sugar together until just combined.
  3. Add the butter and cream cheese. Pulse again until the butter is pea sized.
  4. Add the water and pulse a few more time.
  5. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish. Press the crust down and into the corners. Make sure it is packed well.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Into the food processor, process the eggs, vanilla, sugar, strawberry puree and lemon juice for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  8. Pour topping over the hot crust.
  9. Bake for another 30 minutes.
  10. Cool and cut into 12 bars.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 6 Weight Watcher smart points

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Strawberry Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. These look SO good! A bright sunny treat for a cold dreary day!
  2. Christie--these look incredible. What a Healthier way to enjoy sweets :)
  3. I totally agree! You can be healthy, and still indulge once in a while! And these strawberry lemon bars are perfect!!!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Kacey. We love a little indulgence once in awhile but it helps if that indulgence has healthy ingredients.
  4. I love the idea of adding strawberry to lemon bars, such a delicious and healthy dessert option
  5. Wow! These bars look luscious!
  6. Love that these are healthier, they look so creamy and buttery and amazing!
  7. Oh, these look fantastic! I just love secretly skinny desserts. ;)
  8. Lemon and strawberries! Great combination and I love that you used whole wheat flour for the crust!
  9. Strawberry-lemon is one of my favorite fruit flavor combinations and these bars sound terrific!
  10. These look so good! I will have to get the recipe over at Jenny's blog. YUM!
  11. heck yea those look great! I love lemon bars, but this is a great twist on the treat ( and a little healthier is never a bad thing)!

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