Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

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A few years ago I won this recipe contest for Cooking Light. My recipe was for Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting and it really was one of the best I’ve ever come up with. I still make these a few times a year when I have too-ripe bananas sitting around.

Last week was one of those times, except I only had about an hour before I needed to deliver a complete meal to a friend who has been helping her mom recover from some serious medical issues. I didn’t have time to roast the bananas first, like the original recipe calls for, so I adapted it a little and made a quick version. I hadn’t planned to post the recipe here, but they really were good. Tender and banana-y and slathered with a cream chesse/brown butter frosting that is really and truly — to die for. Whatever you do, do NOT skip the frosting. In fact, I may have almost doubled it for this version because, hey, there’s no Cooking Light judges sitting in my kitchen counting calories! :-)

Frosted banana bars

Frosted banana bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

3-4 ripe bananas

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

1/2 cup butter

4 cups powdered sugar

2/3 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour 15 by 10 inch jelly roll pan.

In a large bowl, beat togehter sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, salt and mix until well combined. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

To prepare frosting, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Combine browned butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars.

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