Lightened Up No Bake Lemon Icebox Bars

Lightened Up No Bake Lemon Ice Box Bars! So good and super simple!

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.


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


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
  • 8 (full sheets) graham crackers, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 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
  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  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.
  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
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 | | #blondies #whitechocolate #lemon

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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!!!!!!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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

Librarian Lavender

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

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

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


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


These look delicious!!!

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


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!!


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.

Bri | Bites of Bri

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!

Jenny Flake

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

Cookbook Queen

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

jamie | my baking addiction

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.


Absolutely ADORE.. this site, thank you…)

Jodee Weiland

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


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

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

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

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

these DO look perfect! love love love!!

Rachel Cooks

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

Laura @ Laura

What a perfect summer dessert!

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

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.

Lori @ RecipeGirl

Craving these right now!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

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!


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

Renee @ Awesome on $20

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.


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


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


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


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

Lacey Johnson

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


can you tell me how dkg/g are the 8 graham crackers?


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.


Great recipe, I make this all the time! It’s great to share recipes you love, but I think it’s really important to give credit to the original creator. This delicious recipe was created by Ellie Krieger!

Debbie Moore

These look so good & easy to make. Will definitely have to try this as I LOVE lemon!!