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Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

They are ridiculously moist and rich. And the banana flavour is satisfyingly prominent but absolutely wonderful. But what takes these bars to the next level and beyond is the Brown buttercream icing. The flavour combo is out of this world….no word of a lie

Banana is a great ingredient to use in baking. Not only because its super yummy but because they are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre. They also have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting


Banana Bread Bars:
  •     1-1/2 c. sugar
  •     1 c. sour cream
  •     1/2 c. butter, softened
  •     2 eggs
  •     1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
  •     2 tsp. vanilla extract
  •     2 c. all purpose flour
  •     1 tsp. baking soda
  •     3/4 tsp. salt
  •     1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:
  •     1/2 c. butter
  •     4 c. powdered sugar
  •     1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  •     3 tbsp. milk


Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15×10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts.

Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.

Please note the butter can burn really easily and spoil the taste DO NOT over cook for the sake of your baking guys… it will taste like burnt hair… haha slight exaggeration but you catch my drift…

Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm).

Yield: 2 dozen large bars