Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

I first had these bars at a luncheon that my sister-in-law was hosting. They are TO DIE FOR!!! They are really really really good. Did I mention that they are amazing? The flavors of banana and brown butter frosting are indescribable! You'll have to just try them yourself. The original recipe comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I've also seen the recipe on Pinterest from Life's Simple Treasures. If you don't have a 10"x15" jelly roll pan, you can use a cookie sheet. Just watch them carefully because they cook a lot faster.

Banana Bars

1 & 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 & 3/4 c. (3-4 large) ripe bananas, mashed
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts, optional (I omitted these)

Brown Butter Frosting
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract (I used almond, but they're both amazing!)
3 T. milk

Heat oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, sour cream, and butter. Add eggs, bananas, and extract. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined (it's okay if it's a bit lumpy). Spread in a greased 10"x15" jelly roll pan. Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes. While bars are cooling, make frosting by browning butter in a saucepan (pictured here). Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Spread over slightly warm bars.


  1. I love this recipe! It seems so simple, yet it makes the best, moistest banana treats ever! Here are some that I just made!

    1. I know, it seems almost too easy, but they turn out so decadent! I'm going to have to try your version that makes a smaller batch! I nearly ate them all myself. Thanks for visiting.