11 Sweets for Santa: Roasted Banana Bars

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On the 11th day of Christmas, I baked Santa something sweet, something flavorful and healthy, a perfect pre-sleigh ride treat; I used some freshly riped bananas, a little dash of butter cream, topped them off with brown butter frosting, creating a dessert fit for a dream; I don’t know about Santa, but I’ve surely enjoyed my share, but it’s the holiday season after all, hoarding them to myself wouldn’t be fair; So enjoy this amazing recipe, courtesy of Cooking Light, trust me you will love them, down to the very last bite! [Don’t you just love my poetry?]

This recipe is as good as gold and didn’t require any “Claire” touches. Sure they aren’t the most healthy things out there, but one won’t set you back! I’m going to use this frosting on everything now. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cereal, salad. You name it and I’ll top it. It’s just that good.

Roasted Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

These bars are perfect with a few princess tea cookies!

What You’ll Need:


  • 3 medium, ripe bananas
  • 1/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  cup  nonfat buttermilk
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/4  cups  granulated sugar
  • 2  large eggs
  • Baking spray


  • 1/4  cup  butter
  • 2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/3  cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans

How To Make Them:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • To prepare bars, combine banana, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter in a bowl. Once mixed, transfer to a baking dish. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes, stirring after 17 minutes. Cool and set aside.

  • Combine flour, corn starch, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

  • Combine sugar and butter into another bowl. Add eggs and stir until creamy.

  • Combine banana mixture, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in another medium bowl. Add the banana mixture and sugar mixture into the flour mix. Stir well.

  • Pour batter into a 9 by 13 pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.

How To Make the Frosting:

  • Melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

  • In a medium bowl, stir sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and cooled browned butter. Stir until smooth.

  • Once cake is completely cooled, frost and sprinkle with pecans.

Nutritional Information per bar: 221 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Anonymous on
    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
    Banana and frosting... sounds amazing!!
  2. Posted by Vicki @ WITK on
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    These bars look great! I love that you can make it all by hand!
  3. Posted by Amanda @Bakingwithoutabox on
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    Oh wow. That brown butter frosting looks wonderful.
  4. Posted by Tes on
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    I just love this banana bars... it sounds kid frindly so I will try it :)