I have been going back through my recipes, redoing recipes and photos and deleting some of them that just don’t make the cut any more. I have had this blog for almost 4 years. It seems crazy that it has been that long, and over the years I have learned a lot about blogging and photography for the blog.
My photos still need a lot of work compared to other food bloggers, but I am not the creative type, that’s my husband. I have the ideas, but creativity is my weakness. Photography is hard for me, but I am slowly getting better with the help of my husband and other bloggers input.
So for the past year, after I gave the blog a new look, I have gone through old recipes and posts and redone some of the photos. There is still much work to be done on the blog. I am almost done wading through the recipes and tweaking them, cleaning up so to speak.
I thought I would share one of my original recipes on this blog, and a favorite recipe among friends and family. My sister requests these Banana Bars as much as she does my Vanilla Cake. She loves these, and so did my friends in high school. They were made for every bake sale, because they were requested for every bake sale. I have made them for church parties and birthday parties. They are a treat that became coined “Bree’s Banana Bars.” I don’t know why they became a favorite, but they did.
I don’t make these bars as much as I used to, but I made them recently for my sister and our mom’s group at church. They are not a healthy recipe, but every now and again you need some cake in your life. I love the homemade cream cheese frosting. It’s a mix between banana bread and cake.
An easy recipe that I coined back in junior high. Yes my love of baking started then. I baked and cooked at a young age, to help my mom and because I loved it.
It wasn’t long before I was cooking dinners for my family a few nights a week, and helping my mom during Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. My favorite was the baking though. My mom is a great cook, but she hates baking, so I started doing the holiday baking, and banana bars were my first recipe. The bars won over a lot of neighbors 🙂
Hope you can enjoy these as much as we do.
- 1½ c raw organic sugar
- ½ c butter
- 3 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- ¼ c butter
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened (half a package of cream cheese)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ - 2 c powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Cream sugar and butter in medium bowl. Beat in eggs.
- Add bananas and vanilla and mix well.
- Add flour, baking soda and salt, and mix until well combined. Pour into greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, (until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean).
- Let cool before adding frosting.
- Cream together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar in batches, and mix until smooth.
- Spread over bars when they have cooled.
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We had more snow over the weekend, but I am hopeful spring is around the corner. I have my first race back post baby. The last few I did were more fun runs with the family. This weekend is a half marathon. I am a little nervous, being that this winter has made it hard to get speedwork in, but I have had some quality workouts in the past few weeks. we will see how it all goes.
Have a wonderful Monday!!
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit