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Banana Bread Brownies 

Tantalize your taste buds with these Banana Bread Brownies adorned in the elegance of Brown Butter Bliss. Picture a dense and moist banana bread layer harmoniously paired with a rich, sweet, and decadent brown butter frosting. The combination is nothing short of incredible. Brace yourself for a moist, dense, and delightfully banana-packed experience that will redefine your love for dessert.

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Decadent Banana Bread Brownies topped with rich brown butter frosting

Ingredients: 

For the Banana Bread Bars:

  • 1-1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of velvety Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 2 large, wholesome eggs
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed to perfection
  • 2 teaspoons of heavenly vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt

As if that’s not tempting enough, crown it with a luscious Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of creamy milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and generously grease a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar and softened butter. Add Greek yogurt (or sour cream), eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  3. Incorporate the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt into the wet mixture. Stir just until moistened. If desired, add chopped walnuts or pecans for an extra crunch.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with few crumbs. While the bars bake, prepare the Brown Butter Frosting.
  5. For the Brown Butter Frosting, heat butter in a skillet over medium heat until it turns a delicate brown with a nutty aroma. Be vigilant to avoid burning. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of milk until smooth. Adjust the thickness with more powdered sugar or milk if needed.
  6. Once the bars are done baking, pour the warm Brown Butter Frosting over them and spread gently with the back of a spoon.

Notes:

Recipe Variations:

  • Enhance the texture with chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Introduce a chocolatey twist by adding mini milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Experiment with different frostings, like a delectable cream cheese frosting.

Healthier Options:

  • Cut the sugar in half for a lighter version.
  • Use 3-4 tablespoons of butter for the frosting instead of 6.

Make-Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

  • Bake and frost one to two days ahead, storing covered in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze the bars frosted or unfrosted, right in the pan. Cover well with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before serving.

FAQ:

Can I use frozen bananas for baking?

Don’t throw away overripe bananas; freeze them instead. Frozen bananas can last for at least 3 months in the freezer, and you can use them for baking. Let the frozen banana slices thaw in the fridge or microwave them slowly if you forget. Once thawed, remove excess moisture, mash, and use as directed.

What’s the best way to freeze bananas?

Peel the banana, cut it into 1/2 to 1-inch slices, and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen solid, transfer the slices to a freezer-safe zip-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. If you’re feeling lazy, you can toss the banana slices into a bag without freezing them flat, but it might be a bit clumpy.

Can I skip browning the butter?

You can skip browning the butter, just like you can skip the frosting, but the bars won’t be as flavorful. Browning the butter enhances its taste by toasting the milk solids, giving it a more intense, nutty flavor. It’s a simple step that adds a lot to the overall taste.

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