Roasted Banana Bars With Browned Butter-Pecan Frosting

I made these for a New Year’s Eve party when I had a few extra ripened bananas ready to use. It’d hard to believe this is a Cooking Light recipe! I actually lightened it up a little bit more, and it was still really light and moist and soooo tasty. The flavor of the roasted bananas really comes through nicely. I can definitely taste the difference. It’s a little time consuming to make (and uses a lot of dishes!) but well worth it in the end!

Roasted Banana Bars With Browned Butter-Pecan Frosting

Makes 24 bars
Adapted from Cooking Light

Bars:
2 cups sliced ripe bananas (3 medium)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 larges eggs

Frosting:
1/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup light cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. To prepare bars, combine banana, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter in an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes, stirring after 17 minutes. Cool slightly.

3. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.

4. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Combine banana mixture, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in another medium bowl. Place 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs to granulated sugar mixture; mix well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

5. Pour batter into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

6. To prepare frosting, melt 1/4 cup 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. Sprinkle with pecans or walnuts.

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~ by spontaneoustruth on January 13, 2010.

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