Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

Still working so the posts are going to be few and far between as I just don’t have much time for baking which is a big, ole bummer and will be for pretty much the rest of the year!  I made these bars last Sunday but just didn’t have the time to post them until now.  My son Zach got into a car accident last week; he was fine but his car was totaled and we had a little bit of a panic as we are all working and all need our cars but then Bob’s friend Sean at work heard about what happened and sold his old car to Zach and saved the day! So I made these as a thank you treat for him and sent them to work with Bob.  Bob said everyone at work liked them but that they were too sweet (seriously, can anything ever be too sweet?) so a lot of them scraped the frosting off to make them less sweet.  I say bring on the sweet!  I got this recipe from a blog called “Life’s Simple Measures” and here is the link to the recipe there:  I didn’t try one so can’t weigh in on the sweetness factor but I will say this, the pan came home empty!  🙂


1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups (3 – 4) ripe bananas, mashed

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1/2 cup butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 tablespoons milk

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

2  Spread batter evenly in pan.  Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3  Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in pan over medium heat until boiling.  Let butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.  (She says “When browning the butter, make sure to pay close attention.  The ‘turn’ happens quickly and before you know it, you’ll have extra burnt butter, which is not good.”)

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


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