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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Banana Nut Bars

I have a great cookbook from Taste of Home titled “Cookies”.   There are 623 recipes ranging from cookies, brownies, bars and more.  I turned to it this week in search of another banana recipe and chose Banana Nut Bars.   If you have some over ripe bananas begging to baked into something scrumptious, give this one a try.   This is my adaptation, as I did change a few things….


Ingredients:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) room temperature
1 stick margarine (1/2 cup) room temperature
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar – packed
¾  cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 ¼  cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 smallish)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup chopped walnuts
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1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese – room temperature
½ cup butter (1 stick) – room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
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1/4 cup super-finely chopped walnuts to sprinkle over frosting


You will need one large bowl and a food processor – or electric mixer and an additional bowl for the wet ingredients. 

First chop walnuts keeping ¾ chopped for the batter and an additional 1/4 cup chopped more finely to sprinkle over the frosting.

Now, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.    Next, grease a 15”x10”x1” baking pan and set aside.

Next, dry whisk the flour and baking soda in a large bowl to distribute the soda and fluff the flour.  Set aside.

 
Then, combine the bananas, eggs and milk in the bowl of a food processor and run on low for a minute to mix and add air.


Then, to the egg and milk mixture add the butter, margarine, sour cream, vanilla, and both sugars and run on low until well combined.

 
Next, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.  


Then, add the walnuts and stir until well distributed.  


Now, pour into the greased baking pan and place in oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool pan on a wire rack.



For the frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Beat in vanilla and then gradually add confectioner’s sugar.  

When the bar sheet is completely cool, frost and then top with the finely chopped walnuts.



Enjoy !!!



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