Sour Cream Banana Bars – Recipe

Since I inevitably have 3 overly ripe bananas always sitting on my
kitchen counter, these bars were the perfect thing to make with them the
other day. I can’t believe  haven’t shared this recipe before.

The banana bars themselves are fantastic! Moist, not too sweet, but finishing these bars off with browned butter frosting on top literally makes these irresistible! If I’m being honest, who even needs the banana bars? They’re just a vehicle for the frosting.

The recipe does call for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, but I leave those out.
Sorry, nuts just don’t belong in banana bread or bars! Feel free to add
them if you’d like.

If you’ve got bananas sitting on your kitchen counter, getting uglier by the day, then you need to make these bars.

Ingredients Bars:

  • 1 ½
    cups
    sugar
  • 1
    cup
    sour cream
  • ½
    cup
    butter, softened
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    mashed bananas (about 3 large)
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla
  • 2
    cups
    flour
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking soda

Browned Butter Frosting:

  • ½
    cup
    butter
  • 3 3/4
    cups
    powdered sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla
  • 4 to 5
    tablespoons
    half and half

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10×15 jelly roll pan.
  2. In bowl of an
    electric mixer (or you can use a hand mixer), combine the sugar, sour
    cream, butter and eggs. Mix on low speed, scraping bowl occasionally,
    until combined. Add bananas and vanilla and mix on low speed for about
    30 seconds.
  3. Add flour, salt
    and baking soda and mix on medium speed just until combined (about 1
    minute). Pour into prepared pan and bake 18 to 22 minutes or until
    golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    Cool until just slightly warm and frost with Browned Butter Frosting
    (recipe below).

Browned Butter Frosting:

  1. In a small saucepan, brown butter over medium heat until golden brown in color and golden brown flecks appear, swirling pan frequently. (Butter will become a little foamy). Remove from heat and pour into a medium size bowl, cool slightly. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and half & half, mix until smooth and spreadable. (I like to use my hand mixer for this).

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