Thursday, January 17, 2013

Improv Challenge-Banana Nutmeg Squares

This ingredients for January Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker are bananas and nutmeg.

It seems I always buy one or two bananas more than I can eat so they end up in the freezer waiting to be made into something.  This month I was aiming for a bar cookie, and the squares could be cut small and served that way; but the recipe really produced a cross between a cake and a coffeecake so serve it as you wish.

I used a stresuel topping, but stirred the batter to swirl it into the dough.  I thought some of the topping would stay on the top, but it all sank into the batter.  That left me needing to do something with the top so I used a little powdered sugar glaze to finish the recipe off.

Banana Nutmeg Squares
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 c. sour cream, low fat is OK
1 t. vanilla
1 c. mashed bananas, about 3 small
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 c. chopped, toasted walnuts
1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar, sifted or put through a sieve
4 t. milk
sprinkle of nutmeg

Cream butter and sugar together until well blended.  Stir in eggs, sour cream, vanilla and bananas.  Stir with wire whisk until well blended.   Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.  Stir into banana mixture, mixing well.  Add walnuts.  Spread into greased and floured 9x13-inch baking pan.  Combine flour, brown sugar and nutmeg in a small bowl.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse corn meal.  Sprinkle mixture over batter in pan.  Swirl a knife back and forth from side to side and end to end to swirl topping into batter.  Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.  Remove from oven.  Combine sifted powdered sugar, milk and a sprinkle of nutmeg until well blended.  Drizzle and spread glaze over top of cake.  This can be done either when the cake is warm if serving as a coffeecake or when cool if served as a cake.  Makes 15 servings.

Next month's challenge is Hearts and Flours (pun intended).  This is a challenging and fun link party.  I encourage you to join us.  All the information can be found on Kristen's Improv Page.

Check out the links below to see what other bloggers have posted using bananas and nutmeg.


  1. I think I like the fact that the steusel got swirled into the cake, especially if it means that I get frosting, too! Thanks for joining us!!

  2. I always have a freezer full of bananas too. This looks like a great recipe to use a few on. Yummy!

  3. What yummy bars! They would soothe my sweet tooth!

  4. I don't see it being a problem to have streusel topping all swirled into the batter or sunk at the bottom. It's like an upside down bar with all that lovely streusel for a crust underneath. Sounds amazing to me! And I bet the powdered sugar glaze on top was the perfect finishing touch.

  5. These look delicious!

    I'm your newest follower via GFC. Come visit me over at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

  6. Streusel and glaze? These sound great! they sound like they would be the perfect treat for breakfast.

  7. Wow - these look so moist and so so delicious - love the streusel addition.

  8. Oh these looks like heaven - what a wonderful little square, the perfect breakfast to go with my coffee! Yum!
    Great recipe for Improv!

  9. Streusel makes everything better, even if you can't see it!

  10. I like the idea of the topping sinking into the cake and having to using the glaze, sort of like getting extra toppings.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you'll stop over and check the recipe out.


  11. MMMM who can't go wrong with a cross between a coffeecake and a cake! I also like the idea of swirrling in the toppings. I think I would probably go on and add an additional stresuel to the top after the swirl or maybe a crumb. Yummy! I made Banana Daquiri Muffins
    , or tried too, if you want to check them out. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  16. These squares look wonderful. I love nutmeg, and I always have bananas I need to use up. I've pinned the recipe. It's lovely to discover your blog. I've come via your guest post at Frugal Antics :)


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