Frosted Banana Bars Recipe
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Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

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These bars are always a hit at potlucks here in the small rural farming community where my husband and I live. I also like to provide them for coffee hour after church. They're so moist and delicious that wherever I take them, they don't last long. —Karen Dryak, Niobrara, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 202 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (25g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1-1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until blended.
  2. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Banana Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p29

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Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"I have been looking for this recipe. These classic old fashioned bars are so good & always a crowd pleaser."

Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"In my view, "bars" are denser than cake. I should have realized that with three eggs, this recipe was going to be more cakey than bar-like. It tastes good, but it's not what I expected or wanted."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"I made these this weekend 4/2016, and they are delicious. I didn't change anything about the recipe and didn't need to. They would be good with walnuts in them or sprinkled on top of the icing."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"I've been making this recipe for years and EVERYONE loves it. I have shared the recipe tons of times."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"I made these following the directions exactly. They were very good."

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