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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, trace 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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salisuz
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
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
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
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
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"I just added raisins and nuts. Delish"

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Sandy.cheeks
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

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

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blajr
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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randcbruns
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"This recipe is so simple and so delicious! These are my go to when someone wants something banana. I don't hardly ever make banana bread anymore!"

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Epatton-whiteside
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"My family raves about this recipe."

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jhunnybunny
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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