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, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 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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u4 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 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 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 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 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."

lpoler 246621
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."

MarshaMarsha2 246340
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

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

shauckogs92 243013
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

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

mrkcook 242730
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"My son LOVED these banana bars and has been asking me to make them again! My husband thought there was too much frosting and scraped most of it off. Next time, I will make less frosting or double the recipe and make 2 pans!!"

ksmith15 240605
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"My husband says this is absolutely the best thing I make!"

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