Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars
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Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars

Use leftover watermelon to create this summery light and sweet treat.

  • Total Time

    2

    hrs

    40

    Mins

  • Prep Time

    20

    Mins

  • Cook Time

    20

    Mins

  • Freeze Time

    2

    hrs

  • Servings

    12

    people

  • Ingredients

    9

    items


These creamy, refreshing bars are just the thing to serve on a hot summer day. Made with watermelon, lemon juice and milk, they're designed to keep their cool.

Ingredients

12 oz

round vanilla wafers

6 tbsp

butter, unsalted

5 cups

watermelon juice (see chef’s note)

½ tsp

lemon zest

½ cup

fresh lemon juice

½ cup

sugar

½ cup

2% milk

1 oz

unflavored gelatin*

¼ cup

confectioners’ sugar or 1 cup whipped cream, for garnish (not included in nutritional analysis)

*Unflavored gelatin is commonly packaged in small envelopes (one or more envelopes to a box). Look for it in the pudding and gelatin section of your grocery store.


directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars Step 1

Step 2

Mix the melted butter into the finely ground vanilla wafers and add 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix well and press the crumbs onto the bottom of the prepared pan, forming a crust. Bake the crust for 20 minutes and allow to cool.

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars Step 2

Step 3

Set aside 2 cups of the watermelon juice in a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 3 cups of watermelon juice with the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and milk.

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars Step 3

Step 4

Sprinkle the gelatin over the reserved 2 cups of watermelon juice. Allow to sit for 2 minutes so that gelatin can dissolve and begin to absorb liquid, or "bloom." After the gelatin blooms, heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high, or heat gently in a small pot over low heat on the stove top, until the gelatin has completely melted into the juice and the liquid is smooth.

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars Step 4

Step 5

Add the watermelon juice with the melted gelatin to the larger bowl of juice from Step 3. Stir to combine. Gently pour the mixture over the prepared crust from Step 2 and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the mixture is firm. (Alternately, place the pan in the refrigerator and allow to set for 3 to 4 hours.)

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars Step 5

Step 6

Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Before serving, cut the watermelon bars into squares. If desired, sprinkle each serving with confectioners' sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.

Mouthwatering Watermelon Bars

Chef’s Note

To make watermelon juice, simply place the watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture with a strainer into a bowl. Or, to save time, use a juicer if you have one, or buy watermelon juice at your grocery.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 bar (133g)

Serving Amount

12

Calories

260

Calories From Fat

100

Total Fat

12g

Saturated Fat

4.5g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

15mg

Sodium

125mg

Total Carbohydrates

37g

Dietary Fiber

1g

Sugars

24g

Protein

4g