Banana Bread Brownies

Combine the best of brownies and banana bread with this sweet way to use ripened bananas. The brown butter frosting makes it a real dessert!

Photo by Ellen H.
Adapted from empowernetwork.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

Adapted from empowernetwork.com

Ingredients

  • Banana Bread Bars:

  • 1 1/2

    cups sugar

  • 1

    cup sour cream

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1 3/4

    cups ripe bananas, mashed

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 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

  • 4

    cups powdered sugar

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3

    tablespoons milk

Directions

Bars: Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour 15 by 10 inch jelly roll pan. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Frosting: Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth. It should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting. Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars. (Frosting will be easier to spread while bars are still warm).

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