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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 King Arthur Unbleached 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.

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

Reviews for Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting(61)

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

I made them in a 13x9 pan instead and just baked it longer so it turned out more like a really moist cake. Delicious!

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

great recipe! I have made them just as written, wonderfull, moist, delicate flavor...then the next time, I did not have sour cream so used vanilla yogurt and added toffee pieces- still good. I have made them as cupcakes and they rise very nicely and stay moist.

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Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

Yummy!

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

I had a houseful of company coming and bananas that were overripe and needed to be used. This recipe was perfect! It makes a big pan full, and the flavor was great. Since not everyone likes cream cheese frosting and I didn't want to have to worry about having to store these in the fridge, I decided to go with a cinnamon one instead. I got lots of compliments on them from my guests, and I still have plenty to take to work to share tomorrow! I'll definitely be making these again.

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

Made these bars last nite, using bananas, that I had froze, but be sure to thaw them out good. Had them for a luncheon, today, very good and easy, will make again.

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