Summer makes entertaining easy. Invite over some friends, pop some burgers and hotdogs on the grill and you have an instant gathering. For me, the biggest summer entertaining decision has always been what to serve for dessert. In the past we have served ice cream, s’mores and cupcakes. However those options are full of sugar. I decided to put a healthy spin on summer dessert by swapping the sugar in these lemon bars. The result is a sweet and tart treat made with less added sugar. I’m sharing SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps
I made these yummy lemon bars using SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetner Blend which is a mix of pure sugar (sucrose) and SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener. Using SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend helps us cut back on sugar without sacrificing taste. I love using it when I bake since it doesn’t alter the texture or moistness of my finished product.
Half the sweetness in SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend comes from pure sugar, so a half cup of it will replace a full cup of sugar in your favorite recipes.
This lemon bars recipe comes together in two parts. First you will be making the cookie crust and then you will be making the lemon filling. For the cookie crust, blend butter, flour and SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend.
Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan and bake. While it is baking, assemble your lemon filling by mixing SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend, flour, eggs, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
When the cookie crust is done, let it cool and then pour the lemon filling on top of the crust.
Lots of baked goods taste best when still warm from the oven. Lemon bars are best when they have been left to cool and firm up. Once they are cooled, top them with a dusting of powdered sugar and slice into 12 bars.
If you have any leftover bars, you can store them in the refrigerator as they taste exceptionally good when cold. I have frozen these lemon bars in the past and they hold up well. Just take them out of the freezer 20-30 minutes before you plan to serve them.
I served these lemon bars to my guests and got many compliments on them. People were surprised to learn that they were made with less added sugar than traditional lemon bars.
Try using SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetner Blend in your favorite dessert recipe and see if you can tell the difference.
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