Lemon bars with shortbread crust | Sugar-free and low-sodium

Lemon Bars with shortbread crust | Low-sodium | Gluten-free | Sugar-free from Recipe Renovator
Luscious lemon bars, how can you resist them? I’ve taken a classic recipe, lemon bars with shortbread crust, and updated it for my new-ish diet. It’s now extremely low sodium and completely sugar-free… stevia only.

I always loved lemon bars, but had never gotten around to making them, with all the other baking I was doing. This recipe can be blamed on my acupuncturist, who has an amazing Meyer lemon tree in her yard, and puts out bowls of free lemons in her office from time to time.

I had been sent some stevia samples from the NatVia stevia company after tasting their product at a trade show. I was amazed at how little aftertaste it has, it’s my favorite brand. It seemed like a great idea to make these, especially after I found out that egg yolks have almost no sodium in them (all the sodium is in the whites). You can’t make these without the eggs, but you could use Earth Balance or another margarine if you don’t wish to use butter. Paleo people could use half coconut flour and half almond meal for the crust (although I haven’t tested that combination).

I’m currently on a version of the migraine diet that does not include citrus, so no lemon bars for me for a while. But I can look at this photo and remember how dreamily tart and rich these were.

Suitable for:

gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

migraine diets

You might also like:
Easy lemon bars from Fifteen Spatulas (traditional)
Lemon bars with shortbread crust (gluten-free) from Tastefully Gluten-free
Paleo Lemon Bars from Fed & Fit

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Luscious, tangy lemon bars, sweetened only with stevia, and super-low-sodium.
Servings Prep Time
16bars 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Servings Prep Time
16bars 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Lemon bars with shortbread crust
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Luscious, tangy lemon bars, sweetened only with stevia, and super-low-sodium.
Servings Prep Time
16bars 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Servings Prep Time
16bars 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Ingredients
Servings: bars
Units:
Instructions
Shortbread crust
  1. Grease a 9” (20-22 cm) tart pan with coconut oil (on the sides) so it will release more easily.
  2. Run the flours and the stevia through the blender to get them very fine.
  3. Add the zest, then cut in the butter and coconut oil until coarse crumbs form.
  4. Press into tart pan and bake for 20 minutes at 325 until just turning golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Lemon curd
  1. Turn oven down to 300F/150C/gas mark 2.
  2. Set up a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
  3. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, stevia, butter, coconut oil, and lemon juice until everything is melted. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with the whisk and scraping sides of pan, until thickened—don’t let it come to a boil, or it will curdle. When steam appears, remove the pan briefly from heat, stirring constantly to keep mixture from boiling. The curd should begin to thicken about five minutes after all the butter melts.
  4. When the curd has thickened, pour into the strainer. Press through with a spatula until only the clumps remain in the strainer; discard residue.
  5. Pour the strained lemon curd on top of the crust. Spread it almost to the edges. It will not fill in or move, so make sure you've smoothed it evenly.
  6. Return it to the oven for 15 minutes, or just until it starts bubbling around the edges
  7. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan on a rack.
  8. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set curd before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

Per bar:

  • 171 calories
  • 14 g fat
  • 10 g sat fat
  • 2 mg sodium
  • 5 mg potassium
  • 11 g carbs
  • 1 g fiber
  • 2 g protein
  • 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus
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Comments

  1. says

    I love lemon bars. They are one of my favorite treats! Also loving the new layout and nutrition info you have on your blog – great job!

  2. Sheila says

    Nicely done! I can’t wait to try this recipe as lemons offer one of my favorite flavors, and I’ve so missed lemon bars due to the typically unhealthy ingredient add-ins.

    I love how you presented it as well . . . really easy to follow, beautifully aesthetic layout, and clean & crisp!

    Mirroring Laura’s sentiments, so nice to have you back after some R & R & R time (rest, regeneration, and re-invention! =}

  3. says

    Stephanie. it is so good to have you back – and what a sunny return!
    I look forward to trying these. Likely to try the Paleo suggestions.
    Thanks.

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