Hello! Happy Labor Day! Happy three day weekend! Are you enjoying your weekend? I hope that you are relaxing a little.
I am taking today to relax, the rest of the weekend has been a blur. I think perhaps my plans in the garage and preparing for the week were too ambitious.
I did manage to decompress by doing one of my favorite things, baking. I whipped up these banana “brownie” bars and they are quick, easy and tasty.
Banana Brownies Bars:
Adapted from: Allrecipes.com
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
2 tablespoons salted butter, softened
3 mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
chopped nuts optional
4 tablespoons of salted softened butter
1/3 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey vanilla paste
21/2 cups confectioners sugar
Add nuts as garnish if you like
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8×8 inch pan. Cream together butter, sugar, sour cream with an electric mixer. Add mashed banana and vanilla extract. Then add salt, flour and baking soda. Mix well. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean. Cool completely. Then frost.
Whip butter in stand mixer for several minutes until creamed. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Slowly add the heavy cream, a little at a time, then add vanilla bean paste. Add cream until the frosting is the consistency you like.
Frost cake and then enjoy.
These bars are dense and moist, almost the consistency of a brownie, and have a very pronounced banana flavor. They are delicious with or without the vanilla bean frosting!
I hope that you have a fabulous day! Enjoy your family and friends.
When I originally posted this recipe I forgot the links for the frosting. Thank you Patricia.
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