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tahini buttercream topped banana bread bars

your favorite banana bread in bar form; topped with a perfect, not too sweet tahini buttercream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Cooling Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 8X8 or 9X13 baking pan
  • stand mixer or hand held mixer


banana bread bars

  • 2 c all purpose flour (240g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 c mashed banana ( ~ 3 medium)
  • 3/4 c brown sugar (150g)
  • 1/3 c tahini, well stirred (75g)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

tahini buttercream

  • 1 c unsalted butter, softened (226g) (2 sticks)
  • 1 c tahini, well stirred (226g)
  • 2 c powedered sugar (250g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c crushed walnuts, optional for topping


banana bread bars

  • preheat oven to 350F. line an 8X8 or 9X13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving 1-2 inch overhang (easy removal).
  • in a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and powder and salt. set aside.
  • stir well to combine brown sugar, tahini and melted butter.
  • add eggs and mix until glossy.
  • add in mashed bananas, yogurt and vanilla extract. mix until smooth and well combined.
  • add dry ingredients to the wet 1/2 at a time, stirring each time until JUST combined. you may still have a couple of white streaks.
  • pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  • bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. for 9X13 start checking around minute 18-22 minutes.
  • cool in pan on a cooling rack for 30 minutes. remove bread from the pan using the parchment overhangs and cool on cooling rack an additional 15-30 minutes. top with tahini butter cream and crushed walnuts.

tahini buttercream

  • in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and tahini on medium speed unitl light and fluffy.
  • add in powdered sugar 1 tbsp at a time until all the sugar is incorporated.
  • add in vanilla extract and salt.
  • beat buttercream an additional 2 minutes until light in color.
  • top anything and everything!!
Keyword banana bread, kid friendly, simple recipe, tahini
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