5 Great Protein-Packed Lemon Baked Recipes

AAs the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade (or a platinum music album if you’re Beyoncé, that is). And while we wish we were as talented as Queen B, at Well+Good, you’ll likely find us using lemons to make delicious, healthy baked goods recipes loaded with a refreshing, fruity citrus flavor.

No matter the occasion, we’ll have you covered with these five bakery-worthy recipes, like Sweet and Sour Lemon Bars or Decadent Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake from our healthy baking series. Alternative Baking Bootcamp. And while we can’t resist the lip-puckering flavor of lemons, it’s not the only reason it’s our go-to squeezing ingredient. Because?

According to registered dieticians, they are one of the best anti-inflammatory foods to eat during longevity. The Mediterranean is home to not one but two Blue Zones (Ikaria, Greece and Sardinia, Italy), where some of the longest-living people on the planet reside, and lemons are a staple in the diet of these regions. So it’s no surprise that this form of citrus is packed with health benefits that make us want to squeeze a little into just about anything and everything.

For starters, lemons are a great source of vitamin C, with about 50 percent of the daily recommended amount in a single lemon and about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount in just two tablespoons of lemon juice. Of course, we already know that vitamin C can help support immune health; however, it is also a powerful antioxidant that can fight inflammation and protect the skin from free radicals and visible signs of aging. Talk about a one-two punch. Also, don’t sleep on the husks either. Lemon peels are packed with calcium, potassium, and gut-healthy fiber, not to mention loads of tangy flavor.

5 Great Protein-Packed Lemon Baked Breakfast Recipes

1. Lemon bars

In this episode of Alternative Baking Bootcamp, chefs Mia Rigden and Jenny Dorsey share a lemon bar recipe that’s light, tangy, and not as sweet as the traditional treat. The cooking duo makes better-for-you substitutes, like honey instead of refined sugar. Unlike most lemon bar recipes, this one has shredded coconut, and trust us when we say we’re not mad at this special addition. By contrast, the nutty fruit adds texture to each bite and about four grams of fiber per 100-gram serving. We’ll have two slices, please.

Get the recipe: Healthy Lemon Bars

2. Chia and lemon bread

Combine two of the things we love most, lemons and bread, and you’ve got, *drumroll please*, this delicious gluten-free lemon chia bread recipe you’ll want for breakfast every morning. The recipe is made with fiber-rich flour to promote healthy digestion and keep you energized throughout the day. Plus, it’s packed with longevity-boosting omega-3s, thanks to a couple tablespoons of chia seeds that add crunch and support proper brain and cardiovascular function. On top of that, chia seeds also contain around four grams of protein per two-tablespoon serving, a mutual benefit.

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Gut-Healthy Lemon Chia Bread

3. Lemon meringue pie

Although this recipe has several components (meringue, crust, and filling), it is well worth the extra steps when you take the first bite. Between the crunchy almond flour crust, tangy lemon curd filling, and ethereal toasted meringue, this recipe is the golden trifecta of desserts sent by the baking gods. The recipe calls for six protein-packed whole eggs and a great way to eat the choline-rich ingredient that is good for brain and nervous system health.

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free and Low-Sugar Lemon Meringue Pie

4. Lemon and raspberry tart

What is sweet, sour and full of many antioxidants? If you guessed this raspberry lemon cake recipe, you are today’s winner. This simple recipe is made with a gluten-free crust, but the real magic is on the inside: lemon curd topped with plump, fiber-packed, polyphenol-rich raspberries. The sweet filling is made with four whole eggs and four yolks, which basically means it’s the perfect excuse to eat it for breakfast (and dessert, too).

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Raspberry Lemon Tart

5. Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Just when we thought cake couldn’t get any better, we were gifted this recipe. To make this lemon cake, Mia Rigden adds olive oil to the mix. Although it may initially seem like an odd combination, decadent oil adds complexity and depth to transform a simple cake recipe into one worthy of a restaurant. Plus, olive oil is packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and quite frankly, it’s the perfect addition to any cake recipe. Okay, maybe no more than sparks.

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Olive Oil Pound Cake

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