What to do with ripe bananas? Make banana bars. This is a old recipe from the fifties that a friend of our folks gave me. The original recipe called for melting marshmallows on top of the baked bars and than frosting. This time I frosted them with a simple powdered sugar frosting using Rum as the flavoring. Lyle likes them frosted though Bettie and I think they are better plain.
Remember these are bars not cake so they are thiner. They are also very banana tasting as there is no other flavoring used. If you like bananas and have some ripe ones that need to be used up, this is a quick, simple, recipe to make. It does make a large pan but they freeze well or do as I do and give most of them away. Some one is always grateful for home baked treats.
So in honor of Millie who died at age 100, here is her recipe for banana bars.
Millie’s Banana Bars
1 cup sugar
1 ⅓ cup (3 large) mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter softened
1 ½ cups flour.
Mix softened butter, sugar and egg till combined. Stir in the dry ingredients and mashed bananas. Pour into a jelly roll pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, till golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center come out with just a few crumbs.
If using the marshmallows, sprinkle over top, cover with a towel and let stand 10 minutes. Spread marshmallows over top. You can than frost if desired. Plain or powdered sugar sprinkled over is also good and not as high in calories.