Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

I’d like to say that I’d been planning on making these bars for a while, but honestly, we had a bunch of bananas that went super-ripe in about a day’s time (what’s up with Costco bananas? They’re green one day and brown the next?!). So, I have made banana bars before, but this whole roasted banana idea intrigued me. 
Start out by roasting the bananas with brown sugar and butter. I did mine under the broiler in about 5-7 minutes.

After the bananas are roasted, it’s pretty straight forward. Butter, sugar and eggs, add in the dry and wet ingredients alternately.

Ok, and now listen carefully. Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT use any other frosting with these. This frosting is so yummy and wonderful it’s a crime not to use it. Now get to it and make these. And share with friends. A lot of friends.

Roasted Banana Bars
adapted from Cooking Light
3 cups sliced ripe banana (about 5 medium)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
Baking spray

1. Preheat broiler.
2. To prepare bars, combine banana, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter in an 13″x9″ baking dish. Put under broiler for 5-7 minutes, until the bananas are golden. Cool slightly.
3. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.
4. Weigh or lightly spoon cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Combine banana mixture, buttermilk, and vanilla in another medium bowl. Place 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″x18″ baking pan (cookie sheet) 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.
Browned Butter Frosting
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Melt 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.

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