Brown Butter Banana Bread

It's been a bit of time since I shared a recipe (trust me, I checked!) so I'm happy to deliver a plate full of these yummy Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars. That's a whole lotta B's but I promise it worth every stumble! With the school year starting and a freezer full of bananas (check out my Banana Tip here), I knew it was time to try out this recipe. The brown butter frosting is DELICIOUS and will probably be seen on pancakes very soon!


Banana Bread Bars 
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Butter, Softened
2 Eggs
3 or 4 Bananas, Mashed & Ripe
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts {Optional}

Brown Butter Frosting
1/2 cup Butter
4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons Milk


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and grease a two pans or a large one. 
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy for the banana bread. 
  3. Mash the bananas off to the side and blend in the bananas with the vanilla extract in the bowl. 
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add into the wet mixture, about a cup at a time. Blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts at this time if you are using them! 
  5. Pour the batter into the pan evenly, in a 1'' layer. If you need a second pan, grab it now. The bread rises so thin layers are the best! 
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick. 
  7. While the bread is baking begin the frosting, heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Swirl the pan as the butter turns to a delicate brown color. Remove from the heat. 
  8. Add the vanilla extract and milk to the mixture and whisk. Add the powered sugar, one cup at a time, whisking completely until after each cup. It should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than a frosting. Add more milk if you need to loosen it. 
  9. Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars. It will be much easier to spread while the bars are still warm. 
  10. Let it cool, cut a slice, grab a glass of milk and ENJOY

Think Sheets over at The Primary Pack

Hello everyone! Long time no blog but I'm back and I'm posting over at the The Primary Pack today! Head over there to grab your freebie, I'm talking about classroom management in my classroom!

Let's start off with some honesty, I've been having some trouble with my pack of learners this year. I have a really wiggly group with little stamina. One day something works for them, another day it doesn't. With all that in mind, we have been having a lot of conversations about using our classroom time wisely, being efficient and not wasting our learning time. I sound like a broken record most of the time but I think it's finally getting through to my learners. This week I decided to give Think Sheets a try because it was the 4th week of school and they needed some tough love. I told them that we were going to give Think Sheets a try. 

Nevermind the homework list, that's another story! :[

We all know the routine, if someone was not using our classroom time wisely aka wasting our learning time they would get a think sheet and have to stay in for recess. I used a clipboard for my checklist and kept it in a special spot on my whiteboard ledge with a pen. Using a pen is important because no one can sneak up and try to erase a name, not that they would ever think to do that!

I made two versions, one for pictures and one for sentences. 

My learners on the list had to stay in for recess and work on their think sheet. It was surprising how many of them took ownership of their bump in the road and used the vocabulary I have been repeating over and over in our classroom. Many of them wrote about how they were wasting their learning time by doing that choice and how they would make MUCH better choices next time. 

A peek into my recess time... Most are in finishing their homework.

After I discussed their behaviors with them privately and make a plan for improvement, I would sign the bottom and ask them to put them in their STAR folders for safe keeping. I would highlight their name on my checklist to remind me of the students who have completed their Think Sheets

This is my master but I've printed mine on pink paper for a pop of importance. 

So far, I've only have had two students who did not bring it back the next day signed. They were told if they didn't they would lose their recess again and we would be calling home. Both parents were very appreciative of us calling them to let them know of our plan of improvement. I will be keeping the Think Sheets in a binder for when conferences roll around so we can discuss these behaviors in person. Overall, it was my first VERY successful not stressful week of teaching this year and I owe it all to some tough love and Think Sheets

Head over to The Primary Pack for this freebie!

Well that's enough from me! I'm looking forward to a fresh week but before I sign out, I wanted to remind you that The Primary Pack is celebrating our launch with an AMAZING giveaway that is live for another couple hours!! Make sure you are entered to win because the prizes are pretty speculator!

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Hi there, I'm Alexis blogging from Laugh Eat Learn. I'm currently living in Seattle, Washington but am born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two completely different climates, I know! :) I'm absolutely in love with bright colors, photography of all kind, creating, teaching, crafts and cooking. This is my 4th year teaching and second year in 3rd grade which I love!  

    10 Random Facts About Me

    1. I'm a HUGE Big Brother fan but will never apply for the show, I just love watching the drama! 
    2. I'm Cuban and Puerto Rican
    3. Fall is my favorite time of the year but I cannot stand winter. 
    4. I don't speak a lick of Spanish even though my last name and ethnicity say otherwise. 
    5. I have a darkroom to produce black and white film. 
    6. I'm a neat freak. Even my students know I am, check out my classroom here
    7. I am a dog person. Cats scare me.
    8. I'm a natural red head.
    9. I don't really have a kitchen setup in my apartment, just a 2-burner hot plate and a counter top oven.
    10. I love my friends and family, they are my lifeline! <3 

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