Banana Bread Squares

Not heavy and dense like banana bread, more light and airy like cake! Super yummy!

Credit:  http://www.tasteofhome.com

Total: 1hr 20 min
Bake: 45 min
Yields: 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.



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