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Banana Bars

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Serves Approximately 12 -15 | Prep Time 15 - 20 minutes | Cook Time 20 - 25 minutes


½ cup soft butter (or shortening)
1 cup granulated or brown sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas – mashed
1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon salt

Crumble Topping:
3 Tablespoons soft butter,
½ cup sugar,
1/3 cup flour,
¼ teaspoon nutmeg.

Maple Frosting:
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons hot water
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

Beat together with mixer until thick: butter, brown sugar and eggs.

Add mashed bananas and buttermilk and mix together for a few seconds.

Add and mix in flour, soda and salt until well blended but do not over beat.

(If you are in a hurry, you can put all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well blended but do not over beat.)

Pour into greased and floured 13” x 9” cake pan.

Mix together butter, sugar, flour and nutmeg and sprinkle over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until slightly brown on top and tests done.

For Maple frosting: Stir butter into hot water until melted then stir in powdered sugar and maple flavoring - mix by hand or with mixer until smooth and lumps are gone. This makes approximately 1 cup of frosting. If you need more, increase the butter and water to 1/4 cup each and add more powered sugar and a few drops more maple flavoring. This frosting goes good on maple bars, spice cake, applesauce cake, boiled raisin cake, etc.

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This recipe has been a favorite of our whole family for many years. I found it in a Bar Cookie Recipe Book from the Occident Flour Company years ago. It is an easy way to use up those ripe bananas and is a hit with young and old alike. I also like to frost these bar cookies with maple frosting. If you double the recipe it is just right for a half sheet baking pan (with sides).

Do you have a maple frosting recipe you use? That sounds great. I would love to give it a try.

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