Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting combine a light and tender bar and a nutty frosting to make a delicious treat for any banana lover!
It wasn’t long ago that I joined The Secret Recipe Club. In fact my first post was in February of this year, but bad news bares when this will be my last post. I was originally going to take a break from the group a few months ago as I was just too busy with wedding planning, farming and a new job. Well… now The Secret Recipe Club is closing its web doors. I am very fortunate to have met new bloggers in my few short months with the club and I’m pleased to introduce you to Julie of Little Bit of Everything. She’s a fellow Midwestern…. just a few hours from me actually! How cool is that?
The recipe I decided to make from Julie’s blog was her Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting. I browsed through her recipe bank and found many delicious dishes such as Pork Ramen, Salty Honey Pie, and Pear and Cranberry Muffins. The Banana Bars are very tender, light and moist. I love using sour cream in my banana bread too! The Brown Butter Frosting adds a very nice nutty flavor which would accompany the walnuts if you were to add them to the bar batter. 🙂
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup (3-4) bananas, ripe, mashed
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Brown Butter Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 375*F and grease a 15x10" jelly roll pan (OR I used one 9x13" and one 8x8").
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
- Add the bananas, mixing until smooth.
- Next, in a sifter combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Sift in dry ingredients just until combined.
- Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake at 375*F for 20-22 minutes or until tests done.
- Meanwhile, prepare the Brown Butter Frosting by melting the butter until in a saucepan until browned. Continuously stir, making sure not to burn the butter until it reaches an amber, brown color.
- Once you've reached the amber color, remove from heat and slowly mix in the powdered sugar, adding the vanilla and milk to "loosen" the frosting.
- Frost the bars and serve!