Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

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Here’s a healthy lemon bars recipe using a homemade crust made from crushed pine nuts.

Not only are these lemon bars delicious, but also they fit perfectly into your Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan!

And even if you don’t follow WW you’re going to love this recipe!

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Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

I’ve always LOVED lemon bars!

Why? Because the tangy, lip-puckering, lemon topping with the crisp-crusty bottom makes for the perfect dessert bar.

What makes these lemon bars extra special is the fact that they’re only 5 WW SmartPoints per serving {Green Plan}!

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

For some reason, in my entire lifetime, I’ve never made them myself, until now.

Because I aim to be health-conscious as much as possible, I wanted to make a Weight Watchers friendly version of one of my favorite desserts.

And if you want to know why I always choose WW recipes, here’s a recent article in Business Insider about how effective the Weight Watcher’s Diet is.

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Half the WW SmartPoints of Conventional Lemon Bars

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

This recipe is HALF the WW SmartPoints of the conventional lemon bars recipe, without losing ANY of the taste!

I promise!

They’re so tasty that they’ve inspired me to make more WW dessert recipes.

I found this Weight Watchers: Best Ever Desserts cookbook (Amazon) featuring 150 cakes, pies, cookies, bars, breads, & tarts!

This Lemon Bars Recipe Has No Artificial Sweeteners

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

Another beauty of this lightened up version is that there are no artificial sweeteners.

So, no weird aftertaste like some other lightened up dessert recipes.

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Furthermore, they’re just as delicious as any other lemon bars I’ve ever had.

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Healthy Lemon Bars recipe

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

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Lip-puckering, lemony goodness on a pine nut crust, this lemon bars recipe is divine and only 5 WW SmartPoints per bar!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 124 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • - 3.4 ounces all-purpose flour, about 3/4 cup
  • - 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • - 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • - 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • - 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • - 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • - Cooking spray
  • - 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • - 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • - 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • - 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, approximately 4 lemons
  • - 2 large eggs
  • - 1 large egg white
  • - 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, pine nuts, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times to combine. Add butter and canola oil. Pulse 3 to 5 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Place mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; press into bottom of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Combine granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (through egg white) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Pour mixture over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, and cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle bars evenly with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.

Notes

5 WW SmartPoints {Green Plan}
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Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

This recipe calls for grated lemon rind.

Because I don’t have a zester, I attempted to do it with my old fashioned box grater.

Needless to say, It worked, but it wasn’t ideal.

Therefore, next time I’ll use one of these Citrus Zester & Cheese Graters (Amazon).

These save space in the kitchen, are dishwasher safe, and are much easier and less awkward to use than the box graters.

a Food Processor Works great for this recipe

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

In addition if you don’t have a food processor (Amazon), do yourself a big favor and get one!

Clearly, it will more than make up for its cost if you like to bake like I do.

Plus, it’ll give you more excuses to whip up some new recipes along with some old favorites!

In addition, Groupon is a great place to go for deals on food processors.

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As you can see from my pictures, they turned out great.

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Pine Nuts Make a Great crust in this Lemon Bars recipe

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

The ingredient that surprised me the most was the pine nuts.

I’ve never seen a lemon bars recipe with crushed up pine nuts in the crust.

But they really turned out great!

The crust is crisp-flaky, just the way I like it!

And, by the way, if you’re looking for pine nuts and don’t feel like going on a wild goose chase like I did, they sell them on Amazon.

These Farm Fresh Nuts Pine Nuts (Amazon) have gotten great reviews.

They ain’t cheap, but take it from me, you’re not going to find them cheaper or better quality than these.

You can justify buying them because you can use pine nuts in a ton of recipes, like:

And the topping is just as tangy, lemony, lip-puckering and lightly sugary as the best lemon bars out there.

Presentation Is Everything

Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints

Lastly, don’t forget your presentation!

Presentation is everything when you make something as good as these lemon bars.

This 3 Tier Collapsible Dessert Presentation Tray (Amazon) is the perfect display for your lemon bars!

It’s also great for displaying cupcakes, cookies, petit fours, or even crackers and cheese.

The possibilities are endless and you’ll get a lot of use out of it!

Finally, if you’re looking for more healthy, delectable recipes, I highly recommend The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor.

The author, Gina Homolka, is a fellow blogger, just like us!

Her recipes are amazing!

She includes all of the nutrition information on each of her recipes, so you can calculate WW SmartPoints or any other diet you may be on.

Here are some other fun finger-food desserts on our blog:

No Bake Cereal Chocolate Cookies

Popcorn Snack Bars

Spring Cookie Bars

In the meantime, I’ll be in my kitchen partaking in another little no-guilt square of heaven!

Pam
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8 thoughts on “Healthy Lemon Bars Recipe with Pine Nut Crust: 5 WW SmartPoints”

  1. I just added up the point values for all the ingredients and divided that by the number of servings (16) and found it to be 5 points per bar on the green program. I hope someone will double check me.

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    • Hi Eve, Thanks so much for your comment. You are correct. I double checked and it comes out to 5 SmartPoints per serving. I have adjusted it in the post. Thank you! Pam

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  2. This sounds wonderful. I was looking for a good lemon bar recipe and this one fills the bill. Low sugar and lots of lemon…making it tonight!

    Reply

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