Banana Bars with Maple Brown Sugar Frosting

Some weeks we go through bananas like crazy and other weeks I feel like I should open a Geriatric Banana Nursing Home in the far corner of our kitchen. This was an elderly banana nursing home week. An alarming number of ailing bananas were piled high in our fruit bowl and I knew I had to take action. I made a couple loaves of my favorite Banana Bread and then I made these Banana Bars (adapted from this recipe from Gold Medal Flour's website). 

They were so insanely delicious that I made another batch the following day. I deem these to be the world's best dessert, and you know those are BIG words coming from me. THESE ARE TO DIE FOR. Thank you to the aging bananas of the world!

At some point this weekend I will make a trip to the grocery store and I plan to possibly purchase a few too many bananas in hopes of HAVING to make these bars again.

Hoping you are comfy, cozy and WARM wherever you may be this weekend! 

Banana Bars with Maple Brown Sugar Frosting

Deemed BEST DESSERT EVER by yours truly. Adapted from this recipe from Gold Medal Flour.

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 16, 2016

Serves: 12

Total time: 1 hr, 10 min

Banana

Ingredients:

  • BARS
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • FROSTING
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 square baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside. Prepare the bars. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, light brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well and gradually add to batter. Mix until incorporated. Add mashed bananas and stir until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish. Spread batter evenly in pan with a spatula and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool.
  3. While the bars are baking, prepare the frosting. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, powdered sugar, dark brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Gradually pour in the maple syrup while mixing. Mix on medium speed until frosting is fluffy and smooth.
  4. When bars are cooled, spread frosting evenly over the top. Refrigerate until ready to serve and cut into small squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.