Banana, Almond and Date Bars

    Banana, Almond and Date Bars

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    50min


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    About this recipe: Everyone will love these fruity treats. The moist cake bars are topped with a wonderful lemon icing. Enjoy with a big mug of tea or coffee.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 24 

    • 110g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 300g sliced bananas
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 150g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 50g chopped almonds
    • 50g butter, softened
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 175g icing sugar

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Gradually mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in bananas. Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir into the sugar mixture. Finally, fold in dates and chopped almonds.
    3. Spread batter evenly into prepared tin. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool.
    4. Meanwhile, make the lemon icing. Mix together salt and icing sugar. Stir in soft butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
    5. When bars are cool, spread the lemon icing over the top and cut into squares.

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