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Lighter Orange Bars

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Lemon bars, indulgent, tangy and delicious. Everything a lemon flavoured dessert should be.

Lemon bars are quite deceptive. Seemingly healthy, they hide the cupfuls of butter and sugar beneath a delicious tangy taste. In addition to the sugar and fat levels, the amount of lemon filling can be disappointing. I like my lemon bars with thick lemony goodness spread over a delicious crust.

Orange bars are an extension of lemon bars and just as good. Zesty, fresh and fruity, they will not disappoint. These orange bars are fairly simple to make and have just the right amount of filling on top of a delicious crust. They are low in calories with just 111 calories for one bar!

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One important note before making these, make sure that you strain your juice before mixing it with the eggs and sugar. Otherwise you will get a lumpy custard and it won’t be pleasant.

Trust me, I tried making different variations of these bars before I finally decided to strain the juice and they magically worked.

These bars start with a reduced calorie base which you crumble on top of a greased baking pan.

Then bake them and make the filling while you wait. You can replace the sweetener in this with an equivalent amount of Stevia or xylitol, but the calories will increase and change depending on your substitutions.

Finally, pour the orange topping on and bake. After baking allow these to cool down in the fridge for at least 3 hours to allow them to set and boom! You have awesome orange bars to savor and enjoy for a few days. Well you might, but these didn’t last very long in my house.

Lighter Orange Bars

Inspired by The Skinny Fork- Skinny Lemon Bars

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Total time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Yield: 8 bars

Calories per serving: 111 calories

Ingredients

  • 20g/ 1/4 cup
    Oat flour (can use 1/4 cup plain flour instead)
  • 65g/ 1/2 cup
    Plain flour
  • 10g/ 1/4- 1/3 cup
    Sweetener or sugar
  • 15g
    Butter, softened slightly
  • 20g
    Greek yoghurt (I used natural)
  • 1g/ 1/8 tsp
    Salt
  • 1g / 1/8 tsp
    Baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    Orange zest
  • Optional: 5ml
    Orange extract
  • 240ml/ 1 cup
    Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3
    Large eggs (or for a richer version 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks)
  • 21g
    White sugar
  • 16g /1 cup
    Sweetener/ sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan assisted and line a small baking tray with foil.
  2. Mix flours, sweetener, orange zest, salt and baking powder together.
  3. Crumble in the butter and greek yoghurt until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Press down into the pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown, rotating halfway through and allow to cool down slightly.
  5. Strain the orange juice to remove any lumps and add in the sweetener, sugar, orange extract and cornstarch.
  6. Whisk in the eggs one by one until mixed together.
  7. Pour the filling into the pan and allow the bubbles to settle before placing in the oven and baking for 15-20 minutes or until just set in the middle.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before placing in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  9. Cut into 8 bars and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 111 calories
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 1.8g
Carbohydrates: 15.8g
Fibre: 0.5g
Sugars: 7.8g
Protein: 3.8g

Recipe Notes

You can make oat flour by grinding porridge oats in a blender or food processor. If not using oats, use roughly 90g of plain flour for the crust and adjust the liquid so it looks like  coarse crumbs, but not a kneadable dough.

You can adjust the sweetener to your liking here and can substitute Stevia or sugar in place of sweetener, but the nutritional information may change as a result.

Please make sure to strain the orange juice beforehand as otherwise your custard will separate and be lumpy. For a richer, more custard like version of this recipe, omit the cornstarch and use 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks instead of this and reduce the liquid slightly.

 

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