Yay for Friday! It has been such a busy week, I am ready for a slower-paced weekend! And speaking of weekends, I wanted to share a recipe I made last weekend–Zucchini-Banana Bars. These bars are so moist and yummy, just as you would expect, with shredded zucchini and mashed bananas in them! And they’re flavored with some of my favorite fall spices, cinnamon and nutmeg (I added a little more spice than the original recipe called for). Not only that, they’re also topped with a thick and creamy Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s a great dessert for this time of year, or perfect with a cup of coffee or tea when you’re taking a little break. So go ahead and indulge yourself with these Zucchini-Banana Bars! 🙂
ZUCCHINI-BANANA BARS with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING by NancyC, adapted from Shugary Sweets
Makes a 9 x 13 pan, about 12-16 servings
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
- 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9 x 13″ pan; set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla, then stir in mashed bananas and blend everything well.
In medium bowl, blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
Add flour mixture to butter-sugar-banana mixture in large bowl. Blend well, then fold in zucchini and mix everything well.
Pour batter into prepared 9 x 13″ pan and bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes, or until edges brown and pull from sides.
Let bars cool completely, then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese or light cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- optional: Half & Half (light cream) if you want a thinner consistency
In medium size bowl, blend softened cream cheese and softened butter. Add in powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well after each addition (this makes a nice thick frosting–if you prefer a thinner consistency, add some Half & Half, or light cream, starting with 1 Tablespoon; then add a little more if needed). Spread evenly over completely cooled bars, then cut and serve. If serving later, keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. Also refrigerate any bars that are leftover, because of the cream cheese frosting.
These are so good, you just may want to try making them this weekend! 🙂 Will you be having a busy weekend or a relaxing one?