My mom makes the best banana bread.  Yes, I am well aware that many people think that their own mothers or grandmothers make the best banana bread and so it should be.  Whenever I have a banana or two that are past their prime (cue the fruit flies), I stick them into my freezer for later use.  Banana brad is great for using the overripe fruit, but once in awhile, I want something other than bread.

It’s no secret that I love frosting of any kind and so I knew that these Banana Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting and Walnuts were calling my name.

These bars are everything that you are used to getting from your banana bread:  moist, dense and plenty of sweet banana flavor.  The thick layer of brown sugar frosting is so rich that you crave the earthy bitterness that the walnuts provide.

This recipe can be made for a large group in a jelly roll pan, but I cut it in half and made it in an 8-inch square baking dish.  However, I did not cut the frosting recipe in half because I prefer a thick layer of frosting that nearly matches the thickness of the bars!

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in a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar

add egg, yogurt and vanilla

add banana

add dry ingredients and mix well

pour into prepared pan, bake and cool completely

to make frosting, combine butter, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil for 30 seconds

remove from heat and quickly stir in powdered sugar and vanilla

pour over cooled bars and top with walnuts

allow frosting to cool before cutting and serving

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 31, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    YUM!!!! I like the frosting as thick as the cake!
    (Fruit flies are one of the most annoying things I have ever come across- just tried a new remedy last week and it worked)

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    • Mercedes
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

      Oh, please share your new fruit fly remedy! They are so annoying!

      Reply

  2. Cassie
    May 31, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    these look amazing, Mercedes! the brown sugar frosting sounds like one that I would just eat out of a bowl. yum!!

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  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 31, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I love banana bars and you can never go wrong with brown sugar frosting!

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  4. Tesei
    May 31, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Mercedes, the best or not, these truly look gorgeous! I love the bar version as an alernative to bread, and the frosting….Mmmm, want to try them ASAP, thanks for sharing!

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    • Mercedes
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much Tesei!

      Reply

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