I don’t know about you guys, but we always have extra too-brown bananas. In a house of six girls, we all tend to get confused about whose bananas are whose and end up with a pile of brown bananas waiting to be a) used in a baked good or b) thrown away. I try to use them up as much as possible so we’re not wasters, and I’m realizing that bananas taste darn good in waaay more baked goods than just banana bread.
Case in point: banana nut bars with brown sugar frosting. These are no regular banana nut bars – these are fudgy and dense and full of delicious banana flavor. They have a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg because I’m all about fall spices right now, and I love the added warmth the spices bring to the bars. The nuts add the crunchiness that I love and crave in most baked goods, but obviously if you’re anti nuts in your baked goods, feel free to leave ‘em out. And then of course, you have the super delicious banana flavor from that ripe banana. It adds a nice texture and an additional level of sweetness to the bar. [Read more...]