Banana Bread Bars

BananaBars

A couple days ago I was told by my father that I HAD to bake something because we were getting, and I quote, “dangerously low in the baked goods department.” Rather than making the usual cookies, I decided to try something else.  So I looked to my handy Pinterest for some baked goods inspiration.  These Banana Bread Bars were calling my name, and we just so happened to have an abundance of dead bananas.  Sadly, I did not read directions clearly and failed to notice that the bars were supposed to be baked in a 15×20 inch jelly roll pan instead of my 9×13 inch Pyrex pan.  Needless to say, after cutting into the bars I discovered that the center was still completely raw.  We managed to salvage a few edge pieces that were absolutely amazing. I was so frustrated with my failed bars that I decided I wouldn’t feel satisfied until I remade them the right way.  And let me say, they are even more amazing!  If you like anything banana, this is a MUST HAVE recipe.  Even my grandma, who does not like bananas at all, loved these bars.  Just be sure to make them in a 15×20 inch pan!

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Ingredients

Banana Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Brown Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease and flour a 15×20 inch jelly roll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until smooth.  Then blend in the mashed bananas and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl.  Then stir in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients for about 1 minute or until well mixed.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the greased pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and the bars pass the tooth pick test.
  5. When the bars have about 10 minutes left to bake, start making the brown butter frosting.  Begin by heating the butter in sauce pan over medium high heat, until boiling.  Let the butter turn a light brown and then remove from heat immediately.  (check out this link for an image of what the butter should look like)
  6. Then add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Spread the frosting on the banana bars while they are still warm.
  8. Let the frosted bars cool completely, then cut into 30-35 pieces and eat some bars before everyone else scarfs them down

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