Do you have some bananas on your counter, just waiting to be used? We almost always have an overstock of bananas…they are my son’s favorite food. But sometimes there is the occasional one or two that sit for a couple of extra days. Then what? Banana treats of course. Now, usually mine sit and sit and sit until I am forced to just freeze them before they go totally bad. And there is that rare occasion that I have to toss them (*gasp*) because I can’t get around to any banana-baked goodies. I feel like I am sinning every time one goes in the trash.
Not this time. I took those over-ripe bananas and whipped together a quick and yummy treat. This isn’t your traditional banana bread, but is equally as good. This recipe actually is an altered version of the Banana Bars recipe in my 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book, under the “Bland Diets” section. So funny…this bar in anything but bland, especially with some toffee pieces and chopped walnuts tossed in there.
I am sure any type of nut, or even some chocolate chips, would make this bar just as fabulous. It makes a great treat, a quick filler between meals, or I have even had some for breakfast with my coffee. Yum.
Toffee Pecan Banana Bars
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4-1/2 cup toffee bits (depending on how sweet you want it)
Heat oven to 350° F. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Beat together shortening, sugars, eggs, bananas, and vanilla until mixed thoroughly. Sift flours, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into banana mixture until just combined. Stir in nuts and toffee. Spread into your prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bars are set and light golden brown. Allow to cool before removing from pan and cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.
I had a hard time only eating one of these bars at a time. They are the perfect combo of home-y, vintage-y, and sweet. Enjoy!