Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Banana Bars

Perfect recipe for those overripe bananas.
Beware your family may want to eat these for dinner instead of some other fabulous meal.

Grandma Mary’s Tip: Bananas are the sweetest when the peels begin to brown.

Preheat oven to 350*
Grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan; set aside.
Toast nuts: Spread favorite nut on ungreased shallow pan; bake uncovered 6-10 minues, stirring occasionally, until light brown.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
¼ t. salt
1 egg
1 cup of mashed banana (about 3 medium)
½ cup of dairy sour cream
1 t. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup of toasted nuts (I prefer walnuts, my kids prefer none)
Favorite Frosting (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high spped for 30 seconds.

Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt.

Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.

Beat in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream & vanilla until combined

Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour & favorite nuts.

Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Top with optional ingredients.

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