Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

June 19, 2015Teresa

Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting are amazing. Okay, I have to admit I love frosting–on cookies, cakes, brownies–anything. But Browned Butter Frosting is in a league all of it’s own. And these Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting are amazing. The Banana Bread Bars are filled with bananas and walnuts, and after browning the butter and making the frosting I sprinkled more walnuts on top for additional flavor and texture. They turned out heavenly. On top of that it’s a great way to use overripe bananas.

Last month John over bought bananas and I looked high and low trying to find recipes to use up about 18 overripe bananas. I made up a batch of Chunky Monkey Blondies, Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars, Banana Cake with Butterscotch Fudge Frosting, Chocolate Banana Bread Streusel Muffins and Banana Blondies.  All of them were wonderful, although I have to admit I am partial to any recipe with frosting. 🙂

If you are looking for a delicious blondie to serve your family over the hot summer days ahead, then go ahead and pull this recipe out of the bag and share it with those you love. Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting will surely make you (and them) salivate. And that’s not such a bad thing. 🙂

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Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting are so scrumptious you may find them addictive!

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Having chopped walnuts in the batter as well as the icing adds such great texture to these bars.

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Try Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting for your next holiday potluck or gathering.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients for the bars.

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Mix butter, sugar, eggs, salt, baking soda, vanilla and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add bananas and walnuts.

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Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Spoon batter into a greased 9×13″ baking dish.

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Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

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I used these ingredients to make the frosting.

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Place butter in a saucepan and bring to boiling and slightly browned. Remove from heat.

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Add vanilla, half-and-half and powdered sugar and whisk to combine.

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Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with nuts. Cut into bars.

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Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting make great bars for tailgating parties.

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These dessert bars are also great for any summer backyard barbecue.

Here’s the recipe.

BANANA BREAD BARS WITH BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING

(Recipe adapted from My Life of Travels and Adventures)

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These lovely dessert bars are topped with a fantastic Browned Butter Frosting that's absolutely heavenly. Great way to use up overripe bananas too.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BARS:
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BARS:
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
Instructions
BARS:
  1. Mix sugar, butter, sour cream (Greek yogurt), eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Add flour, bananas and walnuts.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Spray a 9x13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Spread banana bread mixture into prepared dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool about 10 minutes before frosting with icing.
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
  1. Heat the butter until boiling and slightly browned.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and half-and-half and stir well to combine and mixture is smooth.
  4. Spread over top of warm Banana Bread Bars.
  5. Sprinkle finely diced walnuts over top for garnish, if desired.
  6. Pat the walnuts down into the icing very gently.
  7. Allow mixture to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from My Life of Travels and Adventures.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from My Life of Travels and Adventures
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
These lovely dessert bars are topped with a fantastic Browned Butter Frosting that’s absolutely heavenly. Great way to use up overripe bananas too.
Ingredients
  • [b]BARS:[/b][br]
  • 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank”]Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream (I used ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup Greek yogurt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup finely diced walnuts[br]
  • [b]BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:[/b][br]
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk or half-and-half
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup finely diced walnuts for garnish, if desired
Instructions
[b]BARS:[/b][br]
  1. Mix sugar, butter, sour cream (Greek yogurt), eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Add flour, bananas and walnuts.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Spray a 9×13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Spread banana bread mixture into prepared dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool about 10 minutes before frosting with icing. [br]
[b]BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:[/b][br]
  1. Heat the butter until boiling and slightly browned.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and half-and-half and stir well to combine and mixture is smooth.
  4. Spread over top of warm Banana Bread Bars.
  5. Sprinkle finely diced walnuts over top for garnish, if desired.
  6. Pat the walnuts down into the icing very gently.
  7. Allow mixture to cool completely before cutting into bars.
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I loved the taste of these delectable bars.

Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these delicious #brownies are great for summer #holiday fun. The browned butter frosting is amazing. #bananas #dessert #cookie

Place Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting on your next summer menu!

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Chunky Monkey Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these ooey, gooey #brownies are filled with #chocolate baking melts, #chocolatechips and #bananas. They are beyond amazing. #dessert #cookie

Banana Blondies

Banana Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these scrumptious #brownies are to die for! The #frosting is fabulous. #bananas #cookie #dessert

Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars

Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | delicious #shortbread bars with #bananas #chocolate chunks & #Greekyogurt. #dessert #cookie

Print Recipe
Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These lovely dessert bars are topped with a fantastic Browned Butter Frosting that's absolutely heavenly. Great way to use up overripe bananas too.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BARS:
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BARS:
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
Instructions
BARS:
  1. Mix sugar, butter, sour cream (Greek yogurt), eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Add flour, bananas and walnuts.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Spray a 9x13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Spread banana bread mixture into prepared dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool about 10 minutes before frosting with icing.
BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
  1. Heat the butter until boiling and slightly browned.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and half-and-half and stir well to combine and mixture is smooth.
  4. Spread over top of warm Banana Bread Bars.
  5. Sprinkle finely diced walnuts over top for garnish, if desired.
  6. Pat the walnuts down into the icing very gently.
  7. Allow mixture to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from My Life of Travels and Adventures.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

18 Comments

  • Sandra Roberson

    August 5, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t find the recipe for your whole wheat , yogurt banana bread.
    Would like to make it .

    1. Teresa

      August 6, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Hi Sandra. I don’t have any recipes that use whole wheat, yogurt and bananas. I do have a Quick Sourdough bread that uses yogurt and bread flour. I have banana bread recipes but no whole wheat flour or yogurt. I have several muffin recipes that use bananas and some use yogurt, but I don’t think any of them use whole wheat flour. So sorry I can’t help you with this. Perhaps you found the recipe on another blog?

    2. Teresa

      August 6, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Hey, Sandra, I found it! You’re looking for the Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars. Here’s the link: https://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2015/05/29/banana-chocolate-chunk-snack-bars/

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  • Barb

    July 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! Do you know if you can freeze them?

    1. Teresa

      July 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Hi, Barb. Yes, I actually did freeze these bars for a couple of months. I put them in plastic containers with waxed paper between stacked layers.

  • Margaret Callahan

    December 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Have made the Banana Bars several times and took to Church. They raved about them.

    1. Teresa

      December 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Hi, Margaret. So glad you and your friends at church have enjoyed these cookies. They really are terrific. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know.

  • Cathy Webb

    July 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    These are our new all time favorite! The frosting makes these bars! The sweet/salty flavor was fabulous! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Teresa

      July 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Cathy, I really appreciate you stopping by and letting me know. I thought they turned out terrific too. Have a great weekend.

  • Catherine

    October 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    These banana bars are outstanding!! Thank you.

    1. Teresa

      October 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

      So glad you liked them Catherine. We loved ’em. 🙂

  • Cakespy

    January 5, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Just came across these babies on Pinterest – and I am in love! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Teresa

      January 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

      They are so good, I hope you give them a try soon!

  • Pam

    August 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    these by far are the best banana bars I have ever made! Will be making these again. I did the same with the walnuts since my husband and I both love any kind of nuts.

    1. Teresa

      August 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Pam, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I thought they were absolutely drool-worthy! 🙂

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