Lemon Meringue Protein Bars

March 30, 2011

in Gluten Free, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

These light and lemony protein bars are inspired from Fitness Model Jamie Eason’s Recipe.  A friend of mine requested a version without the crystal light lemonaide mix (artificial sweetener).  So here’s my version!


Lemon Meringue Protein Bars

Makes 16 servings

1 cup oat flour (ground up oatmeal)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (or plain)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Krisda stevia baking formula (or 10-12 packets of stevia)
4 egg whites (1/2 cup carton kind)
2 snack packs unsweetened applesauce (or 2/3 cup)
Zest of 1 lemon (approx 2 tsp)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (approx 1 lemon)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp lemon extract *see NOTE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the dry ingredients – oat flour, protein powder, baking soda, stevia, lemon zest.  Add in liquid ingredients – egg whites, water, lemon juice, lemon extract, applesauce.  Mix well.  Pour into a sprayed 8×8 square oven proof pan.  Bake for 25 minutes until brown around edges and toothpick comes clean.  Cut into 16 squares.

NOTE: You should easily find lemon extract in the baking aisle, beside the other extracts (like vanilla etc)

Nutrition (per square)
Calories: 55  Fat: 0.8  Carbs: 9g  Fibre: 1.4g  Sugars: 1.2g  Sodium: 55g  Protein: 4.3g

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  • Mythili

    This turned out really well. I don’t like stevia, so used regular sugar. I used the vanilla whey from costco. Some of the pieces didn’t get cooked fully. The next time I will add slightly more protein powder to fix this.

  • Dee

    Or oats can I use buckwheat flour

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      A gluten free mix would probably work better as its light. Buckwheat flour is pretty dense and had such a strong taste…know what I mean?

  • Dee

    Hi Kristine, I can’t have eggs what do you suggest?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      A flax egg would probably work ok in this recipe. 1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 2-3 Tbsp water…mix until its gummy and add to batter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.e.williams.104 Kim Elliott Williams

    hi Kristine, would rice protein powder work in any of these recipes? I can’t use whey. thx:)

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, rice protein would work. If it calls for 2 scoops (1/4 cup). I would just use 1 scoop. I find rice protein can make the batter way to thick if you use too much.

  • Jenn O’Farrell

    Ooooo, I make Jamie Easons version all the time, so yummy! I’ll have to try it this way too….are the nice and zesty?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, they are zesty for sure. I find these even more-so then the original as it has a lot more real lemon in it…know what I mean?

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  • http://twitter.com/AWeathergirl13 AH

    can’t wait to try these! they look soo good!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      They are 🙂 Enjoy!

  • http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/party_mummy PartyMummyLisa

    Aaaaaand, bookmarked.  These look delish!! TY.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/katmillarpt Kat Millar

    They look delicious, will definitely try these!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! Let me know how you like them!
      Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy, http://www.busybuthealthy.com

  • http://twitter.com/PinkKitchen PinkKitchen

    Hey, Kristine – which type of protein powder do you use? Dairy/soy/rice? Thx 🙂

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Hey! I use whey protein (so dairy).
      Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy, http://www.busybuthealthy.com

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