Ella Bella’s Banana Blondies

Prep time: About 7 minutes

Cooking time: About 25 minutes

Calories per serving: 187 (based on 20 servings)

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I admit I go bananas for bananas sometimes! Well, the awesome thing about them is if you end up buying more than you want to snack on, or if they get too overripe, the last thing you’d want to do is throw them away.

I even put overripe bananas in the freezer for a few days until I am ready to use them. I made brownies the week before this recipe was concocted. I was craving brownies again, but figured, it’s probably best if I make something healthier.

So let’s make some Banana Blondies, shall we? Ingredients are as follows.

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup brown sugar

3 medium bananas, mashed

1.5 cups all purpose flour

2 medium eggs

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp salt

1 package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

¾ cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Chopped walnuts, optional

Toffee bits, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Spray a baking pan (I used a 9 x 9 ceramic pan). Spray pan with baking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, give it a good mix, then add the bananas and mix again until everything is well incorporated.

Add in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well.

Pour the batter onto the baking pan and distribute it evenly. Bake for about 25 minutes. The thickness should be about an inch or so. Cool the cake completely.

While cooling the cake, prepare the frosting. Mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until it is smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract. I recommend using a hand mixer if you have one.

Once the cake is cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly on top. Garnish with chopped nuts of your choice, or toffee bits like I did. I bet cinnamon chips would also work great! Enjoy, and don’t forget to share!

                                                                                                       Eat well and be well. – Ella Bella

 

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