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Banana Nut Bars Recipe
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Banana Nut Bars Recipe

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My sister gave me this recipe, which is always in demand with family, friends and co-workers. It's amazing how fast these tempting bars vanish when I serve them! The cream cheese frosting is heavenly.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 226 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 139 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil. Remove from the heat; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the sugars, bananas, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla until blended. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to sugar mixture. Beat in butter mixture until blended. Stir in nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Banana Nut Bars in Country Woman May/June 2003, p29

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"These are yummy! I sometimes add coconut as well to the banana bar batter. When I have to take them somewhere that refrigeration may not be available (e.g., picnic, potluck), I will substitute buttercream icing for the cream cheese icing. I also like to sprinkle the bars with chopped pecans or walnuts after icing them."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"A new favorite! These are moist, delicious, frosting is perfect! Love these!"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I found this same recipe on the Taste of Home app and prepared the recipe from there. However it also listed a cake mix in the ingredients. If you are making this recipe from the app, do not add the cake mix in as it makes too much batter and the sugar content is way too high."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"These are absolutely wonderful!! They're also easy to make. I substitute 1/2 cup of canola oil in place of 1 stick of butter (so I use 1/2 cup canola oil and 1 stick butter in the batter) to make it a little "heart-healthier." It is not noticable--still very moist and good!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"I made these for a large family party this summer. Loved by everyone, they were very tasty. The frosting was a bit thinner than I expected, even though it was refridgerated. I will add a bit more powdered sugar to it when I make it again, prhaps the humidity was a factor."

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