Sweet and chewy frosted banana bars

Published Mar 5, 2021 02:00 p.m. ET
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These delicious banana bars are sure to be a hit no matter where they go. They’re moist, sweet, and pair perfectly with a hot beverage like coffee or something more chilled like milk. If you’re looking for simple banana recipes that will get you elevated without too much green taste or solutions for when it comes time to clear out all of those overripe bananas from your freezer, this is it!

Homemade canna-banana bars

The best part about how this recipe goes together is the way that only the icing is infused. This makes it simple to double the batter and make an extra batch of un-infused icing so that you can have some plain jane banana bars on hand, just in case you or your guests want a less euphoric dessert. Because of this, the traditional green taste that so often comes with edibles is also dimmed down and easily controlled, making this one of the most delicious cannabutter infused desserts out there.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Calories: 220

Servings: 36

Banana bar ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups mashed overripe bananas
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Icing ingredients

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup cannabutter (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Tools

  • Large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • 15x10 baking pan
  • Small bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Silicone spatula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl for between 5-7 minutes, or until fluffy, using an electric mixer.

  3. Now, slowly blend in the eggs, vanilla, and bananas.

  4. Next up are the baking soda, flour, and flour, which should be added ½ cup at a time until it’s all been incorporated into the dough.

  5. Transfer the mixture over to a greased baking pan, and then bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and removed clean.

  6. Once the banana bars are done baking, remove the pan from the oven, then leave it on a metal rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before moving onto the icing.

  7. Inside of a small bowl, blend together all the icing ingredients until the mixture is smooth, thick, and lump-free. At this point, if you want it a little bit thinner, you can add a teaspoon of milk, and if you’d prefer it a bit thicker, a teaspoon more of icing sugar should do the trick.

  8. It is important to wait for the bars to completely cool before you ice them, otherwise the icing will melt and you’ll end up with a soggy mess. Once they are cold to the touch, use a sharp knife to cut them into rectangles.

  9. Now ice each banana bar individually until they are all thoroughly coated in the sweet homemade icing, and once you’re done, these treats are finally ready to be enjoyed!

Storage

Banana bars are delicious when they’re fresh, but they’re typically enjoyed later once everything has cooled down and set. For storage, you’re going to need an airtight container that is kept at room temperature for 3 days, the fridge for up to 5 days, or the freezer for up to a month. As long as you stick within these guidelines, your banana bars will always be fresh, moist, and effective treats.

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