“My soul is impatient with itself. Like some bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. I am two, and both keep their distance — Siamese twins that aren’t attached…”― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
These banana bars are kind of like a cross between banana bread and banana pancakes… Thanks to one special ingredient, they have a firm texture which makes them airy and perfect for a quick breakfast. Meanwhile, the richness of the cream cheese topping also makes them perfect as a (semi-healthy) lunchbox or after dinner treat…
The clue was in the name… 😉
Greek yogurt is the greatest baking hack ever – it makes for moist cake which you can sink your teeth into and yet still feel great about doing so. Other recipes might call for sour cream – but with yogurt, the final product ends up less as a dessert than it does an all-round treat. The yogurt is only very subtle, yet still gives these bars a fresh ‘tang’ and some extra density without allowing the bars to become too sickly. These bars themselves also do not contain any butter (only the cream cheese frosting contains butter), a small amount of vegetable oil works wonders!
I only frosted half of the batch so that the other 50% could be served with yogurt and ‘frosted’ with peanut butter or Nutella for a healthy (ish) breakfast…<3
- ½ C vegetable oil (or ¾ C butter)
- 1 C white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 C mashed banana (3 large)
- 2 C white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 C Greek style yogurt or sour cream.
For the frosting:
- 1 x package of cream cheese (8 oz/226g)
- ½ C salted butter
- 3-4 C icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
My trivial problem of the week is this: I found an extremely lovely plain black A5 notebook that I bought a while ago (stationery is like, uh, my greatest weak spot after peanut butter and dessert). The pages are spacious and thin and they feel all loose and free…the cover is svelte and smooth. It’s nothing fancy, just a really humble notebook with those super small lines that make your handwriting turn all compact and cute as you write. And it’s killing me that I can’t think of anything to ruin do with it. The diary has already been allocated, and it’s not really to do list-y appropriate. So it’s currently my new desk ornament, sitting right up there with the pencil pot, study lamp, and the sharing bag of magic stars my bro thought would look good there too (thankyou, ily). Does anyone else have a special affection reserved for stationery? Is it a girly thing, or only me? Just curious 😉
I should also probably warn you that this batch will leave you with a helluva lot of banana bars. I cut mine quite small so there was about 20-24 of them. I hope you love banana because unless you have friends or huge brothers, your breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be sorted for a long while. They will keep in the fridge for just over a week.
IT’S THE WEEKEND AGAIN. What a busy week that was! I swear, the days and weeks nowadays pass as quickly as the minutes and hours did when I was a kid. Where is time?! With that said, I hope you all have something lovely to bake/make too!