Overall, not bad, but not really what I wanted. To me, a "bar" indicates a dense cookie-type dessert to eat with your fingers. This was much more like a banana cake. It was tasty, but pretty much like banana bread with frosting. I was searching for a recipe to use up ripe bananas besides our usual go-to banana bread and muffins. Considering the time involved in roasting the bananas (which didn't make a difference in banana flavor that I could tell), I won't make this again.
Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter–Pecan Frosting
Category Winner: Desserts. "I have been baking banana bars with my mother since I was old enough to stir the batter, so I was pleased when I was able to lighten them for my family and still maintain the original flavor. I browned butter in a saucepan to enhance its richness, thus eliminating the need for full-fat cream cheese. This is a great way to use ripe, speckled bananas." —Lindsay Weiss, Overland Park, KS
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- Calories: 221
- Calories from fat: 0.0%
- Fat: 8.4g
- Saturated fat: 4.7g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
- Protein: 2.3g
- Carbohydrate: 35.1g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Cholesterol: 39mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Sodium: 117mg
- Calcium: 23mg
- 2 cups sliced ripe banana (about 3 medium)
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
- 9 ounces cake flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Baking spray with flour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. To prepare bars, combine banana, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter in an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes, stirring after 17 minutes. Cool slightly.
- 3. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.
- 4. Weigh or lightly spoon cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces (about 2 1/4 cups) flour, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Combine banana mixture, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in another medium bowl. Place 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs to granulated sugar mixture; mix well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- 5. Pour batter into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
- 6. To prepare frosting, melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Combine browned butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with pecans.
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