Banana-Walnut Butterscotch Bars

Banana-Walnut Butterscotch Bars

This delicious dessert features a walnut crust and filling for a wonderful toasted nut flavor complemented with fresh bananas and cream.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1/2 cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped California walnuts

For the Topping:

  • 2 firm-ripe large bananas
  • 1 cup freshly whipped cream (start with 1/2 cup whipping cream)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch square tart pan with removable rim with cooking spray.
  2. Combine walnuts, both flours and granulated sugar in food processor. Whirl until walnuts are finely ground. Add butter and pulse until evenly mixed. Firmly pat mixture into tart pan. With a fork, prick bottom in several places to prevent puffing. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in microwave in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Stir in brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Add walnuts.
  4. Pour walnut mixture over baked crust. Return to oven and bake additional 20-25 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool completely.
  5. Finish by slicing bananas 1/4-inch thick and arranging in an even layer on top of tart. Spread whipped cream over bananas. Refrigerate until serving or up to 24 hours. Cut into 9 pieces and serve.