Nicole Carey

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February 28, 2022

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Burnt Butter Banana Bars!

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Burnt Butter Banana Bars

Burnt Butter Banana Bars are quite literally one of the ONLY recipes you will need for your perfectly ripened bananas! Christopher and I have made this since we started dating. It’s a fun, easy and delicious recipe you will continue to make! I love making it with someone else so that the frosting and banana bars get done at the exact time for the frosting to go on perfect. It makes for a great date night in the kichen!

Finishing Touches!

For finishing touches on top you have two options!

Sweet: You can go with a sweeter take and sprinkle powdered sugar on top! Delicious & makes them so cute!

Salty: You can go with a saltier take and sprinkle some sea salt on top! Perfect combo in your mouth!

Enjoy & Review!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Be sure to leave a review if you loved it!! Now, lets get to baking!!!

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Burnt Butter Banana Bars

  • Author: Nicole Carey
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


The BEST recipe for your perfectly ripened bananas you have no clue what to do with! An elevated take on  normal banana bread. Soon to be your favorite go-to for a quick sweet treat for your family & friends!



Burnt Butter Banana Bars Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Softened Salted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Burnt Butter Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 3 tablespoons milk


Burnt Butter Banana Bar Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, peel and mash your ripened bananas with a fork.
  3. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream together granulated sugar, sour cream and softened salted butter.
  4. Add in vanilla, eggs & mashed bananas. Cream until combined.
  5. Add in flour, baking soda & salt. Mix until combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared sheet pan & smooth top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  8. Take out of oven and let cool on wire rack.
  9. While still hot , frost with Burnt Butter Frosting.

Burnt Butter Frosting Instructions

  1. Pre-measure all ingredients for the frosting. The frosting comes together fast and you want to be fully prepared!
  2. In a small saucepan over medium to high heat, cook salted butter until golden brown. This could take 4-6 minutes depending on your heat level. You will see the color of the butter changing. When its golden brown, it is good to move onto the next step!
  3. Once butter is browned, add in powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste(or extract) and milk.
  4. Whisk continually over heat until smooth.
  5. Remove from heat once fully combined and smooth.
  6. Frost while Banana Bars are HOT! If you don’t the frosting will not go on smooth.


For a nice touch: sprinkle powdered sugar or sea salt on top!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dessert, banana bread, burnt butter banana bars, banana bars


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