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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 each: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°/ In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 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 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

Sweet White Wine

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


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shetried User ID: 5542961 253658
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"Absolutely the best recipe for banana bars I have ever baked and eaten. My husband can't keep out of them, and I took them to a sick friends house and her husband and son were hiding them from each other! Didn't and wouldn't change a thing except I did add walnuts to the batter as we love nuts with anything banana."

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jjsm4552 User ID: 826864 253200
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

"Best recipe that I've found for banana bars."

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For40him User ID: 8905304 252138
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

"These were a giant hit at my house. My 3 daughters each have boyfriends and they all loved them. The sour cream made them so moist. I may use 3 bananas next time and I know I'd love some nuts in them. I did find that as delicious as they were right after frosting them, they were even better the next day! I think the flavors got more intense as it sat overnight. Only lasted till the second day!"

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salisuz User ID: 8868466 248791
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"i really liked this recipes cause it only has... 96 mg of sodium and when u go to make this - use unsalted butter! I added some applesauce and some roasted pecans and every1... Loved it!"

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LYNN3029 User ID: 8496179 248523
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"Fabulous! Moist and tender. My daughter who doesn't care for banana loved these. I was shy some banana and used applesauce. Will make again. This replaces beloved favorite banana cake recipe."

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manga User ID: 4211076 247890
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"Big hit at work. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. I added chopped walnuts to the top of the frosting. I also cut back on the confectionary sugar to 2 1/2 cups. I used 3 bananas."

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Dee-n-Abby User ID: 8284436 247655
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2016

"This is a good recipe. I tried it using a muffin-top pan (350? for 20 minutes). It was easy to make, also."

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Trrd User ID: 8581461 246221
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"I just added raisins and nuts. Delish"

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Sandy.cheeks User ID: 8817949 246044
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"Reminds me of when I was a kid!??"

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blajr User ID: 1425815 244500
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"These were absolutely delicious. I didn't make the homemade frosting (used a canned cream cheese frosting) but the bars were perfect! My whole family loved them and my son in law said "these are the best things I've ever eaten" !!! Raves all around"

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