Two Ingredient Fat Free Lemon Bars


Hello my friends. You know, sometimes I amaze myself and I just did it again. Every time I say that all I can think of is “Oops I did it again“. But let me not digress here because what I have to share with you here is very special. These lemon bars are made from only 2 ingredients. No lie! Now I didn’t count the powdered sugar because you can omit that.

The two star ingredients in these amazing lemon bars are angel food cake and lemon pie filling. So I went to the grocery store today all excited to buy my lemon pie filling and I looked and looked in all the isles and I couldn’t find any. I was so disappointed, I needed to make these. I saw cherry pie filling so I grabbed one, I said to myself, self, how about we use cherry instead? But then as I was walking down isle 13 past all the jams, my eyes saw this lemon spread in a jar. It looked like lemon pie filling. So I quickly grabbed one and tried to figure out if it’s the same as lemon pie filling. It looked the same to me so I bought it. I came home, opened the jar and tried it.

Oh my, it’s so good I had to stop myself from eating the entire jar. Now I have previously made this with canned pineapple and it was very successful. But I am more of a lemon fan than a pineapple fan so I was dying to try this right away. I remembered last time I hated washing the baking dish after making the cake, so I lined my baking dish with parchment paper. It was such a smart decision, sometimes I amaze myself, but I already told you that.

So as you can imagine, making this is very simple, it does not require a rocket scientist to make this, and no matter how hard you try you can’t screw it up. All you have to do is grab a big bowl, a whisk and pour the contents of the angel food cake mix into the bowl and the lemon pie filling. That’s it, nothing else. Now take that whisk and whisk away for a min or two until everything is mixed well and there’s no more cake mix flying around. Pour this in the pan that’s lined with the parchment paper, and bake it in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until nice and golden brown. And that’s all she wrote.

Well there’s more, now you have to eat it. Though for some, that’s no hard task. The texture of these bars is more of a cake texture but it’s light and delicious you can’t stop at eating just one bar.

But before I leave you my friends, take a look at these gorgeous Meyer lemons I found at the grocery store today. I just had to include them in my pictures because they are simply the cutest thing I’ve seen. Now I just have to make something with them….Meyer lemons cake, more lemon bars? One can never have too many lemon bars.


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Two Ingredient Fat Free Lemon Bars
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Serves: 12
  • 1 box of Angel Food Cake
  • 1 22 oz can of lemon pie filling (or 1 jar of lemon spread)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a deep 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, empty the contents of the box of angel food cake and to it add the lemon pie filling. Whisk it until it's well incorporated, you'll notice it start to foam a bit.
  3. Pour the batter in the baking pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. I baked mine closer to 40 minutes, at 30 minutes it was not yet done.
You will want to use a very deep baking pan here, or at least cut the parchment paper so that it comes up the sides of the pan, so that the cake batter doesn't spill as it bakes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 143 Fat: 0


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  1. Jaci says

    Lemon pie filling is a dry pudding mix. I’m guessing you would have to prep it per box instructions before use. Did you use lemon curd? How big was your jar. I know curd jar sizes vary greatly, as it’s a speciality item generally.

    • says

      The lemon pie filling I used was in a jar and the size is in the ingredients list, 22 oz. It was not lemon curd, it said lemon pie filling. You should be able to find it together with all the other pie fillings. Lemon spread or lemon curd could be used instead as well.

  2. Toni Rieke says

    I’ve made pineapple and angel food cake in 9 x 13 inch pan. Wondering would this work in jelly roll pan would like them thinner, don’t want over flow you said to put parchment paper upsides guess will try. Thanks for idea.

  3. Sheila Payne says

    OMG’d. These are to die for. Nice and light and fluffy lemon heaven. Thank you for this delicious recipe

  4. Sheila Payne says

    I am going to make these now. I love all the rapid desserts like this. I make the chocolate cake, cherry pie filling and three eggs. Also make the white cake mix, apple pie filling , 1tsp. Cinnamon and three eggs. Both are scrumptious. Thank you for this one. I too will with cherry and with apples fillings.try the bars

    • Penny says

      Sheila, are those extra recipes you added the whole recipe for each of those recipes:
      chocolate cake, cherry pie filling and three eggs. Also make the white cake mix, apple pie filling , 1tsp. Cinnamon and three eggs.

      Want to try but didn’t want to waste the ingredients if there was something else I should have added – thanks

  5. Sheryl says

    Can’t wait to make these — one question: The lemon pie filling I found only has 15.5oz not 22oz. It that enough or do I have to add more liquid for it to work? The lemon curd at my store comes in 10oz jars. Should I use two jars instead?

  6. Sheryl says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lemon Bars and can’t wait to make these. One potential problem — the only lemon pie filling I found was only 15.5 ounces. Your recipe calls for 22 ounces. Will this be enough to make it work? The lemon curd jars were only 10 ounces each.

  7. Anna says

    Made these today. Absolutely perfect. I used a package of lemon pie filling. Prepared it and let it cool then added the Angel Food Cake. Impressive :)

  8. Catherine says

    I found your blog today and I am glad I did. I am 63 yrs old and I found that I like Mexican food just recently. You have some great and easy recipes that I like very much and my picky eater hubby even likes. So thanks and keep up the great cooking.

  9. mamrganne llammar says

    Yes, you can make the Angelfood cake mix with homemade lemon pie filling, just let it cool first. Any CAN OF pie filling works with Angel food, pineapple, 19 OUNCE can of crushed with all the juice is really good!!!

    • says

      Hi Jane,
      I haven’t really tried, they didn’t last that long at my house. I’m not sure though it might be a great idea, they might turn out soggy.

  10. Bonnie says

    I have a question, I don’t have a lemon spread, or canned pie filling…. and I wonder if I make a pkg of Sheriffs Lemon Pie filling ( cooked) and then let it cool, and add it to my cake mix… will it work as well?

  11. Star Bricker says

    One question and one suggestion for the people who want this for “later”.
    First the question: Did you use Lemon Curd maybe? I was wondering, because when I make it, it’s got butter in it. Just wondering; I make lemon curd to avoid the nasty stuff real food doesn’t need. I’m a bit of a food snob sometimes.
    The suggestion: King Arthur Flour has non-melting powdered sugar. It still sticks to things, but doesn’t disappear, even for next day or refrigerated things. Its great.

    • says

      Hi Star,
      You can use lemon curd if you want, but the jar I bought actually said lemon spread on it, so I’m not entirely sure what the difference is, but it looked the same as lemon curd to me.
      Great suggestion, I always hate it when my powdered sugar melts away. :)

  12. Monica says

    Trying this now, Angel Food Cake is my fav, plus adding lemon. MMM how can a girl go wrong? However, my batter was really thick and sticky, like cookie dough ?? Is that how it is supposed to be? Fingers crossed they are in the oven!!

  13. Natalie says

    Will it work without the parchment paper? I don’t have any and I am making these “bars” in the hopes of turning them into “cake pops”. I will be adding lemon frosting to the batter, rolling into little balls & refrigerating it, and then dipping them in candy coating on their sticks. Do you think this is feasible? I have to have then done by 7 :/

    • says

      Yes you can skip the parchment paper, I would butter the pan a bit though. Hmm, lemon frosting along with the lemon pie filling? Not sure, if this would work, the batter for this is not good enough for rolling, but if you just add the lemon frosting, it might work. Let me know if you try it.

  14. Stephanie says

    Hi there!
    I recently saw a similar recipe someone posted on facebbook but that one called for two 21oz cans of pie filling. I only bought one so I’m wondering if there’s a huge difference or why they would use so much? How moist did yours turn out?

  15. Meg says

    I made lemon play-doh out of this recipe but it was my own fault. I try to cut back on box-mix additives so I got the bright idea to mix up the dry ingredients of a homemake angel food cake recipe and add the lemon cream to that. Hubby pointed out, as I was putting the pan in the oven, that the mix “probably” has dried egg whites and other necessary ingredients. Yep, he was right! Next time, I’ll follow the directions.

  16. dotteeo says

    Love this recipe & have made them a lot,seem like a sponge cake to me & everyone loves them! I puchase the lemon pudding in a can at Wallmart all the is next to the cherry willderness cans.

  17. LydiaK says

    Hi! I just found your blog and LOVE it! Great photography, by the way. :)

    Anyway, just a quick question here. Do you (or anyone else) know how these hold up overnight? I have to bring a dessert to an event tomorrow evening and want to throw these together tonight, so I don’t have to worry about them tomorrow. I just don’t want them getting “sweaty” (a problem I’ve had with other cakey-textured lemon bars) or mushy.
    Thanks! :)

  18. Meg says

    Oh my gosh, I love this website! Just found it the other day and am going to bake several things this week, including these lemon bars. Thanks Jo!

  19. Pam says

    any idea what the points plus for weight watchers might be on this ? Or can we get the nutritional values. Thanks

    • says

      I don’t do weight watchers anymore, but I plugged it into calorie count and it’s 143 calories per bar, however it didn’t return fiber so I’m assuming fiber is 0, I know you need that for your weight watcher points calculations.

  20. says

    Can you use any light cake mix/ Angel food cake is not available in Australia nor is it GF. Some of the GF cake mixes are as fine as Angel Food so wondering if that would work as they look delicious!

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