This, my friends, is roasted banana walnut butter bars with brown sugar frosting. This is a moist, gooey bar. My husband wanted to call it a cake, but he is very wrong. I was going for bars, so that is what I’m sticking with. They’re too dense and gooey for cake.
These bars are to die for though. There is no disagreement of that. They are so flavorful. I just pulled some frozen bananas out of the freezer and threw them in the oven. The sugars get caramelized and the juices start flowing. Roasted bananas are just the cat’s meow. Have I mentioned I’m a cat woman? Any day is a good day when you can slip some kitty slang in.
Yep. That big ol’ fork full went right into my mouth. Do you see how moist that bite is? It’s heaven. The first time I had made it it came out like a bread. I was so disappointed. I made some drastic changes and did some more baking. Here we are at this divine bar.
Roasted Banana Walnut Butter Bars
Brown Sugar Frosting
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8x8 pan. Lay a square of parchment paper in the bottom of it.
- Roast the bananas in the oven with the peels on for approximately 30 minutes. Let cool while preparing the batter.
- In a saucepan, add the butter and sugars. On medium heat, let the butter melt and whisk occasionally.
- Once the butter is melted, whisk until everything comes together. It will be a brown color and thick consistency.
- Once the sugars and butter are combined, remove from the heat to cool.
- After 2-3 minutes of cooling, add the butter/sugar mixture into a mixing bowl. I placed mine in my stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
- Add the walnut butter and whisk until combined.
- Add one egg at a time and whisk until incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides. Repeat with the other egg.
- Peel the three bananas into the mixing bowl. I make sure I get all the juice in the bowl too. Discard the peels. Whisk until combined. Small bits of the banana strings may stick to your whisk. I leave them on there and discard them after the batter is mixed.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Add the dry ingredients into the batter and give a whisk just until there is no more flour apparent.
- Pour into the 8x8 baking pan and give it a tap to get the air bubbles out.
- Bake for 28 - 30 minutes minutes or until it's done. A toothpick should come out without any batter on it. It's okay if there are some crumbs stuck to the toothpick.
- In your stand mixer or mixing bowl with hand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese and butter together until incorporated very well.
- Add the brown sugar and mix for 2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla and give it another whip until combined.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix on low so the sugar doesn't fly every where. Once most of the sugar is combined, mix on medium. Whip it until it is fluffy.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto cooling rack to finish cooling.
I hope you enjoy the roasted banana walnut butter bars!
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