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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 large 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For the most intense flavor, use bananas with plenty of brown spots on them. Great way to use up leftovers in your fruit bowl!
  • Get crunchy by adding toasted walnuts or black walnuts to the batter, or sprinkling them over the frosting.
  • 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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    GaitherMom User ID: 6038554 263512
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

    "I made this exactly as written except I didn't have sour cream so I used the Dannon light and fit vanilla Greek yogurt, and I added semi sweet chocolate chips. I put it in a 13x9 pan and baked it for 35 minutes. It is moist and light. My husband gave it a 4.5 and my 5 year old gave it a solid 10. My 20 year old has not been here to try it. I am keeping this recipe for taking places. It is fantastic."

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    KFTLR User ID: 6230867 255692
    Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

    "Made these in a 13 x 9 glass dish, baked for 28 minutes & my friends & family just raved about them! Will definitely make the same way again."

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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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