Banana Blondies

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!
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These Browned Butter Banana Blondies with brown sugar frosting are OUT OF CONTROL delicious.

I feel a little bit like a blogger-failure.

I haven’t tried zucchini noodles yet, or cauliflower rice or even made a SINGLE GREEN SMOOTHIE in all my life.

(btw, follow me on Pinterest) … Ok, that was decidedly ALL blogger.

 

The reason I’m thinking about my “career” as a food blogger is because I just got a new car. And on the credit application I had to fill in the slot for “occupation”.

So like, do I put BLOGGER? That sounds so…I don’t know…confusing?

And then ALL THE QUESTIONS…you make MONEY blogging? How does that work? Where does the money come from? How? HOWWW?

SO yeah.

And really, is it possible to be considered a food blogger is you haven’t tried zucchini noodles yet? I think not.

So I stared at the application trying to come up with a fancy way to write “blogger”.. kind of like Sanitation Engineer…or Nail Technician.

I ended up putting “Website Publisher”, which I thought at the  time sounded super grown up and profesh.

Until the guy came out and asked me what that meant. And I had to say blogger anyway.

BUSTED.

 

Also, buying a car gives me hives.

 

SO anyway. Next time I will just write “Food Blogger” as my occupation with my URL next to it. PAGEVIEWS FOREVER!

 

Let’s now talk blondies. My bread and butter.

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

These are Banana Blondies.

Oh wait, I’m a food blogger…these are BROWNED BUTTER Banana Blondies.

Exactly.

 

They are simple simple. Promise.

Grab you a banana and some brown sugar.

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

Then melt your butter. Or brown it if you’re nasty.

Mix the butter and brown sugar together.

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

Mix in the rest of your ingredients…including the banana, that you need to mash, btw.

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

And then spread it in to a lined pan…

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

Bake it up for about 25 minutes. And if you want (you want) make some brown sugar frosting. It’s so yum. and when they’re cooled spread it all up on there…

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

I swear you need to make these. They are THAT good.

Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!

If you like banana stuff, check out these other recipes I’ve got:

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Banana Bread Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

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Banana Blondies
 
makes 16 blondies
Ingredients
Blondies
  • ½ cup butter, melted and if desired browned
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup mashed banana (1 medium banana)
Brown Sugar Frosting
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
Blondies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside
  2. In bowl of stand mixer combine melted (or browned) butter and sugar. Mix until combined. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated. Stir in salt, flour and banana until batter is smooth and even. Spread in prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set.
  4. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.
  5. Frost the blondies when they are mostly cooled.
Brown Sugar Frosting
  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and milk and stir until mixture comes to just a boil. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar with a whisk.
  3. Spread on top of blondies and allow frosting to set and blondies to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Notes
If you choose to brown the butter, melt butter in saucepan and continue cooking, once it's melted by swirling the butter in the pan until butter reaches a deep golden brown color.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

 

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Averie @ Averie Cooks
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April 6, 2014 7:01 pm

I love how supremely moist these babies are! My #1 fave thing to make is blondies. In any way I can. 1 stick of butter, 1 c of flour, 1 c brown sugar…you can never go wrong. Genius to put bananas in them!! And the frosting. Brown sugar frosting is the best! pinned

you make MONEY blogging? How does that work? <— if I had a nickel. I just tell people now that I'm a writer. Or a photographer. It's easier. 🙂

Tracy | Pale Yellow
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April 6, 2014 7:39 pm

I guess I’m nasty, because I’m definitely going to brown that butter! Best line I’ve heard in awhile! These look delightful!

DessertForTwo
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April 6, 2014 8:19 pm

I’m just shocked he didn’t know who you were. Can’t believe you had to explain yourself. Ugh. Duhhhh, I make the best desserts on the internet. I’m S-H-E-L-L-Y.

I think these are going on the list to make this week! Pinned!

sue/the view from great island
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April 6, 2014 8:56 pm

Omg that frosting!!! I can’t stop looking at these, actually. I like my desserts simple and rich, and these babies qualify big time —Pinning and sharing!

Cindy Friesen
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Cindy Friesen
April 6, 2014 10:55 pm

Sound great!

Jess @ Sweet Menu
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April 7, 2014 4:46 am

Gorgeous Shelly! They look so moist and delicious! Love the step by step instructions too.

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
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April 7, 2014 6:43 am

Buying any big purchase like a car is stressful. These blondies look amazing, love the idea of the brown sugar frosting.

Medeja
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April 7, 2014 7:19 am

These blondies look so tempting and so delicious! Must try recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Chloe @ foodlikecake
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April 7, 2014 7:33 am

These look amazing! I love the brown sugar frosting 🙂

Hari Chandana
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April 7, 2014 7:53 am

Sounds really good.. Yummy!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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April 7, 2014 7:54 am

These look so good!! I love that you added bananas.

Ilona @ Ilona
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April 7, 2014 11:13 am

Pinned it! Love this recipe, my boys will love it.. banana blondies.. yummy:)

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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April 7, 2014 1:20 pm

These look ridiculously delicious!!!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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April 7, 2014 1:27 pm

Haha! I always take a deep breath while writing “blogger” on everything…the last time I wrote it was on my medical chart, and the first thing I got was “you’re a blogger? So do you cater?” Um, not even close to the same thing.
I’m totally drooling over these. I want brown sugar frosting on everything! Mostly just my fingers…

jud
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jud
April 7, 2014 7:51 pm

These look and sound delish. Definitely going to make them soon!

Btw…I’ve had a lot of trouble loading your page lately. I haven’t had problems with any others. Wonder what is going on?

Joanne
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April 7, 2014 10:00 pm

Ha! I love it. So true. I tell people I’m a recipe developer and food photographer…which is technically true? Kind of?

I want to shove all these blondies in my face!

And I’ve yet to have cauliflower rice, kale smoothie, or zucchini noodles. So there.

Lauren
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April 8, 2014 8:29 am

I feel like a total tool when people ask me what I do. And then it’s all awkward because they’re like “that’s your JOB?? You actually make money from that?” Nervous laugh ensues and it gets awkward real quick. Aaaand this is why we drive old crap cars. True story.

Anyways. These blondies looks amazing.

That is all.

{talk about awkward…..cough cough….this comment…..cough cough…..}

Debbie (Sweet Creations by Debbie)
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I just made these this morning and they are so good! I’m not even that into banana, but they were delicious. And I’m not really a frosting person, but I could eat that frosting with a spoon it was so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Debbie (Sweet Creations by Debbie)
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I just made these this morning and they are so good! I’m not even that into banana, but they were delicious. And I’m not really a frosting person, but I could eat that frosting with a spoon it was so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Coco in the Kitchen
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April 8, 2014 3:19 pm

These look phenomenal!
I think my hubby would love them.

Coco in the Kitchen
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April 8, 2014 3:19 pm

These look phenomenal!
I think my hubby would love them.

Coco in the Kitchen
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April 8, 2014 3:20 pm

These look phenomenal!
I think my hubby would love them.

Coco in the Kitchen
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April 8, 2014 3:20 pm

These look phenomenal!
I think my hubby would love them.

Lynae
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Lynae
April 8, 2014 5:26 pm

Shelly, Next time, just state, “Sugar Queen” or “Butter Master”. I too have one of those jobs that no one understands. I do sales for a web-based company that no one local has heard of. *sigh* It’s so much easier to just tell people I’m a welder.

Please keep these wonderful posts coming!

Lynae

Lynae
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Lynae
April 8, 2014 5:28 pm

Shelly, Next time, just state, “Sugar Queen” or “Butter Master”. I too have one of those jobs that no one understands. I do sales for a web-based company that no one local has heard of. *sigh* It’s so much easier to just tell people I’m a welder.

Please keep these wonderful posts coming!

Lynae

Nicole @Coco
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April 13, 2014 1:08 pm

These look amazing! I love your photography, I am drooling over here!

OG
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OG
April 28, 2014 7:10 pm

These were so delish!! The only thing for me was that it was a bit too sweet, and I didn’t even use the recommended amount of sugar, I used less, so next time I’ll use even less. But otherwise, wow!! added to my favorite dessert list. Thank you!!

OG
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OG
April 28, 2014 7:13 pm

And btw, I didn’t need the frosting, too much sweet for one day LOL. plus they were already so delish by themselves.

OG
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OG
April 28, 2014 7:16 pm

Ohhh also anyone who’s vegan, could use about 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2TBSP unsweetened applesause, I did this and it worked for me!

Kelly
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Kelly
May 1, 2014 6:39 am

These are absolutely delicious! The blondies are wonderful, but loved them even more with the yummy frosting!! Thank you for another fantastic recipe!

Dani
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June 30, 2014 6:03 pm

Made something very similar, but my base was more cake like. Love how dense and chewy yours look! Yumm

Jennifer Valero
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Jennifer Valero
August 2, 2014 10:47 am

I made these and I’m making them again to share with the neighbors (only a few..) They’re like glorified banana nut bread. Very moist and the icing was…well, the icing on the cake. I’ll probably never make banana nut bread again. Just these.

carey thomasian
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carey thomasian
August 8, 2014 3:35 pm

do you use salted or unsalted butter

Jennifer Parker
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Jennifer Parker
August 25, 2014 11:40 pm

Oh my goodness, I just made these barely and they are heavenly. The frosting is so so so good. The only change I made to the recipe is that I added chocolate chips to the blondie because I am a die hard banana-chocolate fan.

Kylie
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Kylie
September 25, 2014 6:21 pm

Super yummy!! I have made these three times this week because of my banana hating son can’t get enough!! Thanks for sharing

connie
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connie
September 28, 2014 4:43 pm

anybody try to make a double batch in a 9×13 pan?

Amy Corlett
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Amy Corlett
March 24, 2015 3:56 pm

I know this is a really, REALLY late reply but I’m just finding this recipe now. I doubled but used 2 8×8 foil pans from the dollar store.

Vicky
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Vicky
October 4, 2014 8:25 pm

I love, love these blondies and make them all the time! I use 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 butter to make them marginally better for me (or so I tell myself). I also substitute white whole wheat flour for all of the regular flour and they are still so gooey and yummy. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

Becky
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November 13, 2014 4:22 pm

So I am sure brown sugar buttercream is awesome BUT have you tried peanut butter frosting atop these blondies because anything peanut butter and banana is AWESOME SAUCE, no doubt. Anyways, love you blog and all your sugary deliciousness. Can you do me a favor and follow my very inconsistent blog. pretty please and thank you

Minnie Sereneo
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Minnie Sereneo
December 3, 2014 9:08 pm

This was a hit at work. You are definitely a Sweet Genious.

Kristy
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Kristy
December 4, 2014 4:17 am

I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 plan…FABULOUS~ I always freeze bananas when they get a bit ripe and I don’t have time to bake that day. This was a perfect way to use them~ They look nasty when they thaw but are perfect for this application. Thanks so much for sharing!

Annie
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Annie
December 20, 2014 1:55 pm

Oh my word! These blondies are amazing! Mine turn out more like a dense banana cake (which isn’t a bad thing) and this frosting is to die for! This is a recipe for keeps! I’m already making it for the second time in one week. Delish!

Chelsey
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Chelsey
January 8, 2015 5:14 pm

I was wondering how long these are good for. I would like to make them and send them in a care package to my brother in Afghanistan. If not do you have any recipes that are care package friendly?

Thanks

Melissa
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Melissa
January 9, 2015 10:30 pm

Made these the other day, and omg they are Amazing! They’re moist, super flavourful and so easy to make. The brown sugar frosting is to die for! My kids Loved them too. Pretty sure I’ll be making another batch this weekend ????

Melissa
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Melissa
January 9, 2015 10:32 pm

Not sure what’s up with the question marks, was supposed be a smiley face at the end haha

Victoria
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Victoria
January 10, 2015 11:37 am

OH MY GOODNESS!!! These came out so moist and delicious! My husband couldn’t wait to have more! He asked me to add this to the favorites list! 5 Stars!

Rachel
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Rachel
January 12, 2015 6:10 pm

O.M.F.G!!!!!!!!
Curse the gods that I’ve lived the first 34 years of my life without this recipe! Holy shit these blondies are beyond delicious!
On a whim I doubled the recipe to use up more bananas (thank god I did!), and substituted 1/4 of the flour for almond flour (just because I’m trying to use it up).
You need to win some sort of award for sharing this recipe!

Miss Nancy Pants
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January 31, 2015 8:42 pm

Three words! OMG! ..or is that three letters?! ..these are ridiculous, like in freaking amazing! I can’t get over how moist they are and how just one banana,(ripe as heck mind you), brought such banana flavour to these! ..love your blog, love your recipes!

Kristen
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Kristen
February 2, 2015 4:33 am
Shelly – these were so delicious! My sweet-tooth of a husband practically gobbled down the entire pan. My favorite part was how quickly it all came together. I was craving something baked late one night and these took no time at all to whip up and throw in the oven. I only had dark brown sugar on hand, so I reduced it to 3/4 cup and I used 1 tsp vanilla + 1/2 tsp almond extract to bring out the banana flavor. I also added 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the batter and sprinkled a few more on top of… Read more »
Ronda
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Ronda
February 17, 2015 9:34 pm

Just made these banana blondies tonight at my job- I cook dinners at our community center. Everyone raved about them. They were so easy and most importantly incredible delicious! The only change I made was I added a bag of mini chocolate chips to the batter. Oh my – yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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Theresa Ali
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Theresa Ali
February 23, 2015 3:57 pm

I was a little nervous about baking these with no baking powder, but they came out just fine, super moist and yummy! I also doubled the recipe and baked them in a 9×13 pan with no problems. The only downfall is these are so good you might eat them all yourself!

cindy
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March 4, 2015 10:34 am

I made theses last night-very moist,however I would have tweaked the recipe a little ie;more banana flavoring-perhaps some banana extract in the frosting?

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