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 large 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, 0 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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Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 268257
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

"My family really enjoyed this. I made it in a 9x13 pan because I didn't have the right size. So it came out cakey but was fine. Stored in the fridge. Tasted better cold to me. And made it a bit more dense. Not as light and cakey"

wanders6 User ID: 4956076 267563
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2017

"I did have to bake mine about 15 minutes longer than mentioned but sure worth waiting for. Delicious, easy and a keeper. Thank you for Sharing."

Denise User ID: 9117965 263837
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2017

"taste real good but the frosting just a little runny"

Traci User ID: 8982805 257870
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"These are really easy and so delicious. I only had a half sheet pan. They were thinner than usual but still turned out great. Highly recommended!"

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 254740
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"These bars are so good! I had bananas to use up and my family loved these!"

u4 User ID: 6325871 254021
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"My teenage boys gave this amazing dessert five stars! Even though I made it into a cake since I did not have a 15x10 pan. Took an extra 15 min baking time but well worth the wait. The frosting mirrors our local bakery's delicious frosting and now I cam make this at home. The boys said they will avoid eating the bananas so I can make this again. Thank you for sharing."

Cam625 User ID: 6739791 253502
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Outstanding! This is so easy and is a hit at every gathering. My college age son begs me to bring to share with his housemates every time I visit."

NeumannD User ID: 8894713 250521
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"Just made these today. Had to use two 8x8 square baking pans, baked for 24 minutes. Turned out beautifully. Think I will cut the frosting recipe in half, to save on calories and sweetness next time. Gets two thumbs up on deliciousness!"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 248737
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

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

mehulse User ID: 1137648 248214
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."

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