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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. 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

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 Jun. 15, 2015

"I've been making this recipe since I first read it in TOH quite a few years ago. It is absolutely delicious! It has become a family favorite that I have shared at many occasions and has been a big hit. Great way to use ripe bananas. I prefer baking it in a stoneware bar pan."

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Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"I have made these bars many times and it is my go to recipe for banana bars. Not only are they my sons favorite, whenever I make them to serve at church people tell me how much they enjoyed the wonderful banana taste and how moist they are."

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"just got and made your banana bars. I don't mind saying that I was NOT surprised at all. as all the rec. u have given me where so DAM good I just had to let u know how much I LOVE your rec. thanks again scotty."

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Easy and great tasting!!"

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"These are amazing though I did make some slight modifications. I used 3 bananas (slight,y over one cup and I used a 9x13 pan and had it cook about 35 minutes (I checked after 25 and still runny in middle. Check it after 5 min, 2x). I also used about half the confectioners sugar it called for the frosting and it was perfect!!!!"

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