Banana Bread Blondies

Banana Bread Blondies IMAGE Author: Canadian Living Credits: Banana Bread Blondies IMAGE

How do you make something as good as banana bread taste even better? Turn it into soft, moist blondies and cover them with a sweet cream cheese icing! For an extra-special touch, add a cup of chopped walnuts or chocolate chips to the batter before baking.

  • Portion size 48 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015

Ingredients

Blondies:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • half pkg (250 g pkg) cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Method

Blondies: In bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in bananas and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Scrape into parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, smoothing top.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with a few moist crumbs clinging, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

Cream Cheese Icing: While blondies are cooling, in bowl, beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Beat in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until fluffy. Spread over blondies; let stand at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into wedges. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Tip from The Test Kitchen: If your bananas are ripe before you're ready to bake, simply pop them into the freezer—skin on—then thaw and peel before baking.

Nutritional facts per piece: about

  • Sodium 63 mg
  • Sugars 15 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 138.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Potassium 45 mg
  • Cholesterol 32 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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