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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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I make these moist bars whenever I have ripe bananas on hand, then store them in the freezer to share later at a potluck. With creamy frosting and big banana flavor, this treat is a real crowd-pleaser. -Debbie Knight, Marion, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36-48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36-48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 148 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Banana Bars in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 148 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

I have baked these bars for several years and there are never any left for the next day. My daughters and daughter-in-law and grandkids bring me very ripe bananas as a hint to make these. My only recommendation would be to make one half of the frosting as it really makes a lot. Would give these 10 stars if I could.

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

So good!

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

I make there all the time. It's a great use up for bananas. My family loves them and they're a nice change from banana bread. Sometimes I add chopped walnuts to the batter or sprinkle on top of the frosting.

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

Above it says that you can freeze them to pull out for later. I really like this idea :) but can you please help an unexperienced baker to ensure I do that correctly? I'm pretty good at messing things up lol. Do you frost them before you store them in the freezer? Do they need to cool before placing in the freezer? How do you store them in the freezer, in a pan, ziplock bag, etc.? How long can they be stored in the freezer? Thank you for your help :)

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

A co-worker brought this and used whipped vanilla frosting instead. It was not only a time saver but worked perfectly with the bars. I'm going to make them for the next family gathering!!!

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