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Banana Orange Bars Recipe
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Banana Orange Bars Recipe

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I have been making these treats for many years. I no longer remember where the recipe came from, but one thing is certain - the bars are always a hit at family get-togethers and parties. The secret to tasty banana desserts is the ripeness of the bananas - the riper, the better.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ORANGE BUTTER FROSTING:
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 374 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the bananas, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended.
  2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in orange juice and peel until smooth; spread evenly over cake. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Banana Orange Bars in Country Extra September 1994, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 374 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

Made these and they were a hit! I actually substituted equivalent coconut oil for the canola and only used 4 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting (because I ran out!) and they turned out great! Will be making these again soon!

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

These are wonderful! I followed the recipe and they looked like the photo and are delicious! I wasn't sure about the banana/orange combination but the orange flavor inthe frosting was light and just enough to complement the banana cake. And, oh, the cake - love the texture and the cinnamon is perfect.

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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

Okay, I didn't get as far as making the frosting, but the cake by itself is wonderful! I didn't have the right size pan, so I baked the batter in a 9x13 for about 40 minutes and it was simply delicious. Even my husband (who doesn't care for bananas much) agreed this was a keeper. And, a great way to eat it is a la mode with butter pecan ice cream. Mm-mmm!

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Reviewed May. 21, 2011

Easy and delicious! Everyone loved them!

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

Simply wonderful. The banana flavor came through real well. The only thing I did different is add 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract as I am a stickler for this ingredient in every baked bar/cookie I make. This makes a big batch, but they went fast. I highly recommend it.

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