Monday, March 16, 2009

Good Banana, Bad Banana

Here's my Good Banana in her Tiny Tot Hip Hop class

Good banana and I have spent a long weekend together while momma banana has been in Arizona attending a wedding.

In addition to taking care of a good banana, I had a few bad bananas lying around this weekend that I had to take care of as well. What to do, what to do? Why not turn bad bananas into good bananas by making:

Gluten Free Banana Bars with Browned Butter Pecan Frosting:
2 cups gluten free flour mix
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbs (1-1/2 sticks of butter at room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbs butter (1/2 stick)
1-1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
6 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans (toasted)

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. Set aside

Cream together butter and sugars first, then combine the remainder of the wet ingredients for the cake. Slowly add flour mixture and combine thoroughly.

Spread cake mixture into a greased (I usually line the pan with parchment paper) 10x15 baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and invert onto a large cutting board to cool.

For the frosting: melt 4 Tbs of butter in a sauce pan. Stir constantly over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes until the butter turns golden brown and gives off a nutty aroma.

Cool the browned butter to around room temperature. Combine browned butter with the remainder of the frosting ingredients (except pecans) until smooth and creamy. Toast chopped pecans in the oven. Spread frosting on cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

The best way to turn bad bananas into good ones. Enjoy !!!


  1. Those look unreal. Your daughter is also adorable. Love the browned butter.

  2. Yum I'm gonna have to try these. I'm sure my kiddo's will be thrilled.