Banana Bread Brownies

Dive into the sweet world of Banana Bread Brownies, a delightful fusion of moist banana bread and rich, fudgy brownies. This dessert offers the best of both worlds, combining the comforting flavors of ripe bananas with the decadent texture of a brownie. Topped with a sweet brown butter frosting, these banana bread brownies are a unique treat that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Perfect for using up overripe bananas, this recipe is a delicious twist on traditional desserts. Let’s get baking!


For the Brownies:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
For the Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
About 3 tablespoons milk


Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease and flour a 15×10-inch jelly roll pan.
Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, softened butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in the mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
Add Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet mixture and blend until combined. If using, fold in the chopped walnuts.
Bake: Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly.
Prepare the Frosting: While the brownies are baking, make the brown butter frosting. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.
Finish the Frosting: Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to the browned butter. Beat together until the frosting is smooth and spreadable. Adjust the consistency with more milk or powdered sugar, if necessary.
Frost the Brownies: Spread the brown butter frosting over the warm brownies. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 brownies
These Banana Bread Brownies with Brown Butter Frosting are a perfect treat for any occasion, blending the classic flavors of banana bread with the indulgent texture of brownies. Enjoy this unique dessert with a cup of coffee or tea for a truly comforting experience.