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Banana Squares

When we were first married, my husband was in the Navy. Stationed in Puerto Rico, we had banana trees growing in our yard, so I found ways to use dozens of ripe bananas at a time. I made these banana squares often. They freeze well and make a great snack to have on hand when friends drop in for coffee. —Susan Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • Whipped cream and sliced bananas, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks; mix well. Add bananas. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Fold in egg whites. Fold in nuts if desired.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • If desired, garnish with whipped cream and a few banana slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 213 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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