Ripe bananas are not just for banana bread, banana bars with browned butter glaze are an easy and delicious alternative. Perfect with a cup of tea for a snack or for dessert.
Banana bread is the “go to” recipe to use up your dark over ripe bananas that are past their prime. But what if I told you that I found a recipe that is just as easy and even more delicious? These banana bars with browned butter glaze are an easy, crowd pleasing dessert and the perfect alternative recipe to use up your ripe bananas.
I love bananas, but more often than not I buy too many and they go past their prime. After which I throw them in a bag in my freezer. Once I have 5 or 6 I pull them out and make something, a banana bread or muffins. But this time I decided I wanted something a little more decadent that my favorite banana bread, something with frosting. Let’s face it, anything with frosting or glaze is an elevated and welcome treat.
The glaze is sweet and a little salty from the browned butter and the little bits of browned butter are flecked in the glaze so it looks pretty too.
Ingredients for Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting
How to Make Banana Bars with Browned Butter Glaze
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix. Spread batter evenly into a prepared pan and bake until golden brown.
While the bars are baking make the browned butter frosting. Once the bars are cooled frost and enjoy.
Can I Use Yellow Bananas
I do not recommend using yellow bananas. Ripe and overripe bananas are more flavorful and have more moisture making them perfect for this recipe.
How to Store These Banana Bars
You can store the bars wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. At room temperature they will last 3 days or a week in the refrigerator.
Enjoy these bars for breakfast, a coffee or tea break and of course as dessert. Make sure to bookmark the recipe so that you have it handy for your next picnic, potluck or weekend treat.
I hope that you enjoyed this recipe for banana bars with browned butter glaze. If you try these bars, I would love to know what you think of them. If you prefer a more traditional banana cake this recipe is scrumptious and so is the cream cheese frosting.
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adapted from The Welcome Mat
1–1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
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)
Ingredients for 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. Add the bananas and vanilla extract and blend. Then add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for another 1 minute. Stir in walnuts(optional). Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
For the browned butter frosting
Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. Make sure to watch the butter while cooking it can quickly go from browned to burnt.
Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Mix until smooth. Immediately spread over the cake while warm, it spreads much easier.
The walnuts are optional, you could add pecans or chocolate chips instead.
Also, the next time I am going to make more glaze, I would have liked more but that is just my preference.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Category: cake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: banana, banana bars, browned butter frosting