Lightened Up No Bake Lemon Icebox Bars

Lightened Up No Bake Lemon Ice Box Bars! So good and super simple!
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These Lightened Up No Bake Lemon Icebox Bars are so so easy.. They are super creamy and sweet and made with 1/3 less fat cream cheese and fat free sweetened condensed milk. You won’t miss the extra fat, I swear it!

Ok, sorry about these in advance.

Here’s the thing…I am usually VERY against “light” desserts. Sorry, that’s just me.

But I am going against the grain today and share my favorite icebox lemon bars…but slightly easier on the hips.

You see, I make these all the time, but I usually do it with regular cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, but a few weeks ago I decided to try it out using the lower fat cream cheese and fat free SCM…and seriously you couldn’t tell the difference.

Now, I am not saying these are health food in anyway…what I AM saying is that since I shaved off a little extra fat from these guys you can eat twice as many.

Wait, that’s not right.

Or IS it?

LIghtened Up Lemon Ice Box Bars.. NO bake, and made just a little lighter so you can eat more!

And please, by all means, go ahead and use regular cream cheese or regular sweetened condensed milk if you prefer. You can be the boss of your own lemon bars. I’m giving you that option.

I mean, you could even use low fat graham crackers too. Gasp.

But I didn’t.

There’s only so much “light” I can do in one day.

Graham Crackers Crushed

Mix that with a bit of butter and sugar and press into the bottom of a foiled pan…

Graham Cracker Crust

Chill the crust while you’re making the filling for the bars.

Sweetened Condesned Milk

Has there ever been a better invention than sweetened condensed milk?

I’m not so sure..I mean, except the internet. And brown sugar.

And mascara.

But besides that…SCM is king.

Lemon Zest

Aren’t lemons pretty?

But plain gelatin, not so much.

Gelatin

Whisk the unflavored gelatin with some water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. This will help keep the bars firm.

Lemons

Once you’ve mixed all the filling ingredients together pour it into your chilled crust, and allow it to set up for a million years.

Because that’s what it feels like.

Pouring the lemon mixture into the graham crust!

But then when they’re ready they will be perfect!

LIghtened Up Lemon Icebox Bars

No bake is the best!

 

Also, wanted to let you guys know I create an FAQ page… it answers some of your most burning questions! I’d love for you to check it out!

 

No Bake Lemon Ice Box Bars
 
Ingredients
Crust
  • 8 (full sheets) graham crackers, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
Filling
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg ⅓ less fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz) can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup pasteurized egg product (Egg Beaters)
  • zest of one large lemon
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp boiling water
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Crust
  1. In large bowl, melted butter in the microwave and mix with the graham crackers, brown sugar and salt. Press mixture into prepared pan. Use the back of a flat glass to press down firmly. Chill until ready to use.
Filling
  1. Beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and Egg Beaters in bowl of stand mixer. Add in zest and lemon juice and mix until combined.
  2. Combine gelatin powder and boiling water in a small bowl, stirring until dissolved. Allow to cool for 2 minutes and then mix into the cream cheese mixture until evenly incorporated.
  3. Pour mixture over chilled crust and chill pan for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Cut into squares and serve cold
Notes
store airtight in refrigerator for up to 3 days

recipe lightly adapted from The Cooking Channel

 

I LOVE lemon desserts!

 

Here is a classic Cookies and Cups recipe…my Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemonade Cake

And these White Chocolate Lemon Blondies are a huge favorite of mine!

White Chocolate Lemon Blondies | www.cookiesandcups.com | #blondies #whitechocolate #lemon

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Shea
July 1, 2014 7:09 pm

These look delish! I stumbled upon your site via a posting on FB by Zulily…I feel like I have found sugar heaven. Can’t wait to try out much of what I see. Thanks!!!!!!!

Guest
July 1, 2014 7:33 pm

I love, love, love this!! Such a yummy recipe!

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July 1, 2014 7:47 pm

These ice bars are looking amazing! I love any desert that has lemon it it!

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July 1, 2014 8:34 pm

How I love lemon bars, let me count the ways!!! These look so great!!!

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Elaine
July 1, 2014 11:23 pm

Do you have to use egg product?allergies! Use any other substitute?

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Emily
July 1, 2014 11:29 pm

These look delicious!!!

Can I use eggs instead of egg beaters? If so, how many? And should I use whole eggs?

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July 2, 2014 12:55 am

My Father’s Day gift to my dad was a dessert a month for a year. (He is almost 85 and has one heck of a sweet tooth!) He is going to love these!!

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Monica
July 2, 2014 6:17 am

How many eggs will equal 1/4 cup of EggBeaters? I would LOVE to make these for my uncle, but I don’t want to buy a whole container of the egg substitute.
Thanks!

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July 2, 2014 7:50 am

Shelly, love these! I love lemon bars and while I’m normally a fan of the real deal desserts, I’m game for a lighter version since it is bathing suit season 😉 Love the new page!

Guest
July 2, 2014 9:00 am

Oooo, I can practically taste how good these babies are! Love a nice cool lemon dessert in the summer!!

Guest
July 2, 2014 10:21 am

Really hoping my FitBit will count eating these as exercise. ughhhhh

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July 2, 2014 10:47 am

There’s nothing better than no bake desserts when a bazillion degrees outside! Plus, I’ll pretty much eat anything with a graham cracker crust.

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Jodi
July 2, 2014 2:22 pm

Absolutely ADORE.. this site, thank you…)

Guest
July 2, 2014 2:39 pm

These look so delicious, and I love the use of lighter calorie ingredients! Thanks for sharing!

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Mari
July 2, 2014 4:52 pm

Instead of using sheets of graham crackers, what would it equal in a cup size?? Hope you know. Thanksi

Guest
July 2, 2014 6:20 pm

Oh yum! These look so lovely, and lightened up too? Nice to know the reduced fat doesn’t effect that taste :) Love it!

Guest
July 2, 2014 6:26 pm

these DO look perfect! love love love!!

Guest
July 2, 2014 9:19 pm

I’m not against “light” desserts if they still taste good — and these look amazing. Love how fluffy the filling is.

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What a perfect summer dessert!

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July 3, 2014 2:39 pm

Loving all the options in these bars…I think I will be the boss and make them light because 2 bars are way better than just one.

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July 4, 2014 10:06 am

Craving these right now!

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July 5, 2014 10:26 am

These look awesome! I agree with your stance on lightened up desserts, to me a lightened up dessert should just a smaller portion of the good stuff!

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Pauline
July 10, 2014 3:38 am

What could I use and how much, in place of the egg? How much in cup size would the Graham Crackers make?

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July 11, 2014 12:38 am

I don’t usually go for “light” desserts, either. But I love it when you can save a few calories without any real sacrifice. Can’t wait to try these.

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jeana
July 14, 2014 6:50 pm

thank you for the recipe….I love anything lemon!

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BitsyBet
July 14, 2014 11:40 pm

Would one coddled egg work since it would still be very liquidy?

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Jennifer
July 16, 2014 4:30 pm

For those of us tracking our calories and nutrients…do you know the figures on a serving???

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Jennifer
July 16, 2014 4:35 pm

yikes…how many squares are you getting? I downloaded it into MyFitnessPal and if it gets 12 squares, its 272 calories per square.

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July 16, 2014 5:43 pm

Could you substitute lemon curd(homemade) for the gelatin and egg beaters?

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Eszter
July 20, 2014 6:09 am

Hi,
can you tell me how dkg/g are the 8 graham crackers?
Thanks,
Eszter

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learichards
January 14, 2015 3:41 pm

I just put my lemon bars in the fridge.. 6 hours to go oh my. :)
my filling was a little runny. I hope it firms up.

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