We are all guilty of throwing out food. Those leftovers you thought you’d eat. That mystery container well past its due date. But, I have a hard time throwing out bananas. Overripe bananas can be the beginning of far too many good things to let them go to waste.
This weekend, I found myself with several super-ripe bananas and took to the internet to find something a little different to do with them. That’s when I found these bars.
The bars themselves are essentially banana bread in flavor and texture. In this case, though, the batter is poured into a half sheet pan and baked into thin bars.
I suppose you could stop there if you want. It’s banana bread, after all. We love banana bread, right?
But, with a few more minutes of effort, you can make these really something special. In those few extra minutes, you can brown some butter, mix in some sugar and such, and make a super-extra-good icing to top off your banana bars. The icing is more than a bit on the sweet side, but it is a great complement to the banana bars.
A little advice: Before you start making the icing, have all the ingredients ready to go so you can work quickly to mix the icing. Sifting the confectioners’ sugar would be ideal for a smooth texture, but it’s not necessarily required.
If you have some bananas that need using, do yourself a favor and bake a batch of these Banana Bars with Browned Butter Icing. They may just become your favorite thing to bake with bananas!