Light, airy and tangy are a few words I’d use to describe these Healthyish Lemon-Ricotta Bars. The smooth, tart filling melts in your mouth and has the perfect amount of lemon flavor. While the crust simultaneously gives a nutty, buttery, and crispy deliciousness that tastes oh-so-good with the filling.
These lemon-ricotta bars skew more on the “ISH” side of our Healthyish recipes but are totally worth every bite! I cut mine into small squares and dust them with powdered sugar and lemon zest as a finishing touch.
Fun Fact: Citrus season runs late Fall through early Spring in North America!
What You’ll Need: Makes about 12 bars
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup cane sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cup cane sugar
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
- Zest from 2 lemons
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Prepare crust: Cook butter in a saucepan over medium heat until fully melted.
- Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl and let cool for a few minutes.
- Add cane sugar, vanilla, salt and flax seeds; whisk until smooth.
- Fold in flour ½ cup at a time.
- Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Prepare Filling: Whisk ricotta, eggs, sugar, and flour in medium sized mixing bowl.
- Next, you’ll stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.
- Pour filling into warm crust.
- Bake until filling feels firm when lightly touched, about 55 minutes. I used a ceramic baking dish, so the thermal transfer is slower than if you’d use glass or metal. So always keep an eye on your bars. I would check them at 30 minutes if you use glass and cook accordingly.
Cool to room temperature for 1-2 hours.
Finish with a dusting of powdered sugar and lemon zest
Author: Sarah Thomas-DrawbaughSarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!