Rating: 4.5 stars
69 Ratings
  • 1 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 5 star values: 52

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

Lindsay Weiss, Overland Park, KS
Recipe by Cooking Light January 2009

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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Recipe Summary

Yield:
2 dozen (serving size: 1 bar)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°.

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  • 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.

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; calories from fat 0%; fat 8.4g; saturated fat 4.7g; mono fat 2.3g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 35.1g; fiber 0.6g; cholesterol 39mg; iron 1mg; sodium 117mg; calcium 23mg.
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