My dearly beloved just adores Lemon Bars. Actually, he loves anything lemon, but I think Lemon Bars are especially wonderful because he can just grab a handful and walk away. So, since I'm on this new "eat less carbs and less cholesterol so the doctor shut up and stop haranguing both of us" kick, I decided to try a healthier twist on lemon bars. And they were pretty good.
OATMEAL LEMON BARS
3/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour (white whole wheat or just white)
5 tbsp margarine (or butter), softened
1/2 cup egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon peel
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Grease a 9" square or 11"x7" baking pan. Beat together the oats, brown sugar, flour and margarine until the mixture is crumbly; press into the baking pan. Bake at 350F for 12 to 15 minutes. After about 9 minutes, beat together the remaining ingredients; after they're combined, beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Pour over the hot crust mixture. Return to the 350F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lemon mixture is set. Let them cool, then cut into 1" squares and serve.
In the course of one evening, my dearly beloved (with little help from me) consumed nearly half the pan, until I hid the remainder. So, while they're a different texture from the originals, and a little different flavor, thanks to the oat crust, these are still good. They're worth a try, and I'll surely be making them again (or so I've been told).