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Banana Orange Bars Recipe

Banana Orange Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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

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.

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.