Banana Bar Recipe

This Banana Bar recipe are soft is moist with brown butter icing. Think of the best banana bread made into easy to eat bars. This recipe is great for breakfast, brunch, desserts, and potlucks! One of the best ways to use up brown bananas.

BANANA BAR RECIPE

Bananas are a hot commodity in my house. My husband snags them when they’re still green and freezes them for his protein shakes.

Something I don’t really understand but I’m sure he’s explained to me the scientific reason why underipe bananas are better for his workout shakes.

Then there’s my little baby Wes who eats one for breakfast every morning.

This week Wes boycotted bananas and the bananas sitting on my counter were too ripe for John’s muscles so I found myself looking at a bunch of overipe bananas getting more ripe by the minute.

My usual go-to is my favorite way to use bananas is this Banana Bread. Ohhh, it’s good. But today I made these banana bars with brown butter frosting and it’s the perfect way to use up bananas.

It’s super moist sour cream banana squares topped with a browned butter frosting. I found the recipe from a comment from a reader on another blog.

I love finding recipes in obscure places. It’s a family favorite recipe…my favorite kind of recipe. These are the best banana bars and I could eat the entire pan.

This picture does not do these Banana Bread Bars justice. I LOVED them. They are good warm, cold, and room temperature. Browned butter anything gets me every time. Make these…

HOW TO MAKE BANANA BARS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 10×15 jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper (for thicker bars use a 9×13 pan and bake for 10 minutes longer than directed). In a large mixing bowl, beat first four wet ingredients with an electric mixer or stand mixture with the paddle attachment until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla for one minute. Add dry ingredients and blend flour mixture for one minute. Stir in nuts and pour batter into the pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool slighty until warm but not hot and frost with Browned Butter Frosting (recipe below).

  2. For the Browned Butter Frosting: Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it is boiling and a delicate brown. Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze and thinner than frosting. You can add milk to get it to the correct consistency. Using a rubber spatula smooth over the top of the banana bars immediately for the best results. The frosting will be easier to spread once it’s on the warm bread.

banana bars stacked

WHAT IS BROWNED BUTTER?

Browning butter adds a whole level of flavor to anything. You cook butter over medium low heat until it starts to turn brown and has a nutty flavor.

To prevent the butter from overbrowning it’s wise to transfer the browned butter to another bowl when it’s done instead of letting it sit in a hot pan which can cause it to cook longer.

OTHER BANANA RECIPES

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Yield: 16 bars

This banana bar recipe is soft and moist with browned butter icing. Think of the best banana bread made into easy to eat bars.

Banana Bread Bars:

  • 1 ½
    cups
    sugar
  • 1
    cup
    sour cream
  • ½
    cup
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 2
    large
    eggs
  • 1 ¾
    cups
    3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla
  • 2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • ¾
    teaspoon
    salt
  • ½
    cup
    chopped walnuts
    (optional)

Browned Butter Frosting:

  • ½
    cup
    unsalted butter
  • 3 3/4
    cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla
  • about 3 tablespoons milk or half and half

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 10×15 jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper (for thicker bars use a 9×13 pan and bake for 10 minutes longer than directed). In a large mixing bowl, beat first four wet ingredients with an electric mixer or stand mixture with the paddle attachment until creamy.until creamy. Blend in the mashed bananas and vanilla for one minute. Add dry ingredients and blend flour mixture for one minute. Stir in nuts and pour batter into the pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool slighty until warm but not hot and frost with Browned Butter Frosting (recipe below).

  2. For the Browned Butter Frosting Recipe: Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it is boiling and a delicate brown. Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze and thinner than frosting. You can add milk to get it to the correct consistency. Using a spatula smooth over the top of the banana bars immediately for the best results. The frosting will be easier to spread once it’s on the warm bread.

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