Bananas are never in short supply at our house. My opinion is that bananas are the rock stars of the fruit department with how delicious and healthy they are. The only problem is how quickly at times they seem to ripen before you eat them. Of course, I don’t mind because this gives me an excuse to bake another tasty goodie like my Banana-Walnut Bars that help me save them from being wasted.
Banana-Walnut Bars Are a Rock Star of Bar Cookies for a Combination of Flavors
Besides the awesome goodness of the banana, this recipe has walnuts and raisins for a combination of a nutty crunch and fruity chew along with cinnamon and nutmeg for coaxing out even more flavor. These are moist bars that taste and don’t require frosting. However, feel free to ice them with creamy vanilla or cream cheese frosting, which I do as well.
My Banana-Walnut Bars Are Also Easy to Make to Save Time and Trouble
When I’m in the mood to bake, I want the process to be quick and simple. Otherwise, if a recipe takes too much time or involves a long list of steps before you can bake, I don’t even want to try it. Ease of preparation for any recipe is what I appreciate. In addition, the recipe also has to have exceptional taste or to the trash it goes. My Banana-Walnut Bars use oil instead of butter, which skips the need to cream the butter and sugar to speed up the baking. The part that takes the most time is further chopping walnuts to make them into smaller pieces even though they are already chopped. Basically, all the work involved is mixing up the ingredients and pouring into your greased pan.
1 cup of corn or canola oil
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
½ teaspoons of cinnamon
½ teaspoons of baking powder, leveled
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3 ripe mashed bananas (about 1 cup)
½ cups of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of raisins
1 large egg
Mix the oil with the sugar first combining the mashed bananas and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and beat with your electric mixer until thoroughly incorporated into the batter.
Pour the batter into a well-greased 13 x 9 x2-inch baking pan.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated. Test with a toothpick to see if anything sticks for determining if it’s done.
You also might want to try my No-Work Banana Brownies recipe, which is another sensational bar cookie.