Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

So a few weeks ago I noticed that I had three gallon sized ziplock bags full of frozen bananas just hanging out in our freezer.  That was my first big reminder that I haven’t been making banana bread as much as I sometimes do!  The bananas were really increasing in number since I buy bananas on a regular basis and some of them start ripening more quickly than we eat them and so then I just peel them and toss them into bags in the freezer. Do you do that, too?

Well, if you have frozen bananas just hanging out in your freezer it’s time to thaw a couple out and make these delicious, super moist banana bars.

They keep well for a couple of days but if you don’t eat them within those couple of days, just cut them into squares and pop them in the freezer.  Then pull out a few whenever you want some.  They are just as moist and tasty as when they’re fresh.

 

Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Ingredients

    For the Bars
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2 medium bananas) ~ fresh or frozen, thawed
  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk, half & half, or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

    For the Bars
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the softened butter and sugar. Mix until combined.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until well mixed.
  4. Stir in the salt, flour, and bananas until the batter is smooth and even.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set.
  7. Cool, but frost the bars before they are completely cooled.
  8. For the Browned Butter Frosting
  9. In a medium saucepan melt the butter.
  10. Add in the brown sugar and milk and stir until the mixture comes to just a boil.
  11. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
  12. Stir in the powdered sugar with a whisk.
  13. Spread the frosting over the top of the bars and allow the frosting to set and the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/banana-bars-with-browned-butter-frosting/

Recipe source: Cookies and Cups, slightly adapted

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2 Responses to Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

  1. Kimberly May 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Okay, I’m drooling right now! Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Kay May 17, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Yes, I do have some frozen bananas in the freezer. I will be making this and the browned butter frosting is something new that Im looking forward to try.

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