Banana Squares Recipe
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Banana Squares Recipe

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When we were first married, my husband was in the Navy. Stationed in Puerto Rico, we had banana trees growing in our yard, so I found ways to use dozens of ripe bananas at a time. I made these banana squares often. They freeze well and make a great snack to have on hand when friends drop in for coffee. —Susan Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • Whipped cream and sliced bananas, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 213 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks; mix well. Add bananas. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Fold in egg whites. Fold in nuts if desired.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and a few banana slices. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Banana Squares in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p27

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I made two batches of this. The first one came out fine, but the second took longer to make and seemed to not quite set in the middle. Hmmmm....but the flavor is nice. Not sure if I like this better than banana bread though."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Excellent recipe and so easy. Moist and yummy, no fork necessary. My batch was done in 35 minutes. I'd check them at 30 next time. I'll be baking these again, loved by all."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"So good! Love it warm right out of the oven with whipped cream. I froze them in individual bars to have at a later time or else we might have eaten the whole pan!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Wow! What a tasty treat! This is quick and easy and a wonderful way to use up over ripe bananas. I didn't even put the cream cheese on and was still blown away by how flavorful and moist these were. This most certainly IS a winner!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"This is the best banana cake I have ever tasted. It's so moist and flavorful. My husband even liked it and he doesn't usually like cake. I will make this again."

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