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Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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.

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

Reviews for Frosted Banana Bars

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

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

MY REVIEW
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!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Great! Another hit at the Senior Center...Just like the Chocolate Banana Muffins made as mini's. I cut the sugar in half using 3/4 cup of brown and 1/4 cup of Splenda. Also, cut the frosting in half and still had left over frosting. Makes way to much unless you want as much frosting as cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Great way to use up those left over bananas...the cream cheese frosting is what takes these to the next level."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"These were amazing. It was such a great way to use my brown bananas instead of making banana bread. I will say it didn't feel like a "bar" to me, but more like a shallow banana cake. It was a little dry to me, but I may have over baked it. The frosting was delicious & the two combined were such a great treat. I will make these again (for sure!) & try to make them a little better on my end, such as not over baking. Great recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"I was very surprised they were so good and they were easy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"The best banana bars ever! Anytime I make these they are always the first thing to disappear! Even people who say they don't like bananas and bakery made with bananas love them. They are so quick and easy to make and it makes a large pan for sharing = )"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"I cut the sugar for frosting in half. Delight!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"My husband declared these banana bars 'very good'. They are also good with vanilla or lemon frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"These bars are really good! I have made them two times now within a week. The first time, I made as written...excellent, but the frosting was a bit too rich. Second time I left unfrosted and they are just as good. We have been adding a frosting of cream cheese, a little confectioners' sugar with whipped topping folded in to a few ..just enough sweet on top!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2015

""PRETTY GOOD".....I FOUND IF YOU MAKE THE BANANA MIX AND COVER IT AND LET IT SIT OVERNIGHT THE TASTE OF THE BANANAS JUST REALLY POPS! FROST THE NEXT DAY.....ALSO IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO MIX FROSTING IF YOU LET THE BUTTER AND CREAM CHEESE SAT TO ROOM TEMPERTURE, AFTER FROSTING I STICK IT BACK IN THE FRIDGE TO SET UP JUST A BIT.....TOOK IT TO A CHURCH FUNCTION AND NOW HAVE TO MAKE A COPY FOR SOMEONE :).....ALMOST FORGOT, IT TURNED OUT BETTER WHEN I MADE IT IN A 9X13 AND BAKED IT FOR ABOUT 35 MIN. COMPARED TO THE 15X10"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"I made this yesterday. Just delicious. I used a brown sugar icing instead of cream cheese as I don't care for cream cheese icing. It was so good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"This is a great recipe. Added walnuts to top of frosting and left them off half of the cake and split with a couple of friends; although I could have eaten the whole thing! Will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
LuT
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"I have made this recipe many times just as written. Everytime my grandson needs a desert for scouts, he ( and often the scouts) asks me to make these. The frosting makes a lot but the boys seem to think the more the better. When I make it for home, I will cut it into squares and freeze them on a sheet pan. When frozen I can then put them in a container on top of each other and the frosting doesn't stick to the waxed paper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"I am baking these banana bars now. I used a 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan as directed. (jelly roll size). The batter is overflowing into the bottom of my oven. Did anyone else have that problem?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"This is a great recipe! Easy, and gone in a snap. I add walnuts to the cake and on top of the icing. A must is very ripe bananas, one even over ripe for best flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"I've made these 100's of times because they are so good. The only thing different I do is, I sprinkle chopped walnuts over the frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"Wow, these are amazing! After reading the reviews I followed the suggestions of cutting back on the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and adding 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. I did not make as much frosting as the recipe called for and also cut back on the amount of cream cheese (not a big fan). This recipe is definitely a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I made this cake for a family dinner of twenty five. Perfect with no nuts, which some of the grandkids oppose, and it was for a sheet pan. It was so good! Everyone loved it. Perfect. I will definitely use this recipe often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This is a great recipe, my kids love it and it's a fun treat instead of banana bread. I've made it many times and the only change I've ever made has been to add toasted, chopped nuts!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I made these for a group of cheer coaches and judges at my daughter's school. What a hit! They were moist and delicious and many came back for seconds and thirds. The recipe was simple and a good choice."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I used to make this recipe all the time and I had forgotten how delicious it was. Note: If you freeze your overripe bananas, be sure to drain them well before adding to batter."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"amazing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Awesome recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"No wonder why this is a 5 star recipe! I'm so happy I tried it!! Perfect for a crowd, or to share with your co-workers."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"Best way to use up overripe bananas. Very easy and quick to make and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"These are so so delicious! The second time I made them I ran out of icing sugar and I only had about three cups and it was just as good if not better! Definitely recommend this one!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"A beloved recipe! I lost my copy and was so happy to find this one. Mine come out every time! Quick and the frosting is so good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"First time making these and they where a hit!! Just followed the directions and they came out perfect. Will def be making these often!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"This is my go to recipe for a delicious dessert! I follow the recipe and it always turns out perfect even the cream cheese frosting!! Recently made these and there wasn't even 1 left."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"Followed the directions but the bars came out dry on the edges and raw in the middle. The frosting came out REALLY runny. I even added more powdered sugar and it didn't help. After reading the other reviews I might try it again but cut the whole recipe in 1/2 so if it doesn't work out I won't be throwing away as much food and money I did this time. I'll probably lower the temp to 325° and let it bake a few more minutes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"I had a pan that was too short, so the batter was deeper, and I had to lengthen the baking time. I was short cream cheese for the frosting, and forgot the vanila, and it STILL CAME OUT GREAT! Very cake-like and moist, awesome banana flavor, a go-to recipe to take to a gathering!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"This were so moist and yummy. I think next time I make these, I will throw in a handful of mini

chocolate chips. I cut the icing recipe in half."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"So good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Have made this again and again over the years. I don't change anything except I don't make the full frosting recipe. It is a bit too much. Great, easy recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Banana banana banana!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"My son loved this treat! Glad I cut back the icing sugar to 2c rather than 4c. Its a keeper for my recipe box."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"very yummy. the frosting is good too but almost too much. i added four large bananas to use them up and it turned out great. very easy recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I'm going to repeat my review of a while ago. Don't waste your time measuring the mashed bananas; I've found three bananas works every time--and I dump the rest of the ingredients with the mashed bananas and give the beaters a few spins to mix it all together. Because the "cake" is sweet enough as is, I never add the frosting, and it's never missed. This is a no-fail, moist every time, always praised recipe. A professional wedding cake baker asked me for this recipe because she was going to replace hers for this one. You will not be disappointed."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This was easy to pull together on short notice and super-tasty. A great way to use leftover bananas!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"These turned out great and tasted terrific...such an easy way to use leftover bananas!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"I love these bars, I could eat the whole pan myself. They are a nice change from pumpkin bars, but they stay nice and moist and disappear quickly!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"LOVE these! So awesome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Made a batch and brought to a school function for others to review and enjoy. Well liked, by both kids and adults. A few commented it may be nice to have the addition of toasted nuts or coconut topping. Also, most said it tasted more like cake than a bar. Everyone enjoyed the frosting though...even those who normally said they were not banana bread eaters. Will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I think I overcooked mine a little so I'll watch it closer next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"love it love it love it!!!! and so did everyone else. what else can I say.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"LOVE LOVE LOVE! I cut the sugar back to 1 cup and the confectioners sugar to 3 cups - turned out delicious. Next time I'd cut the sugar in the frosting in half - that would be sweet enough. This one's a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"Just made this recipe and it's simply D E L I S H! Super rich, moist and sweet! Dh/son L O V E I T!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"These are AWESOME!!! I don't like bananas but they were mashed so that was great. I also added a 1/2 C. Crushed Walnuts to the batter which was wonderful. I will make these again!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Can't count the times I've made this. I like to make it for hubs to share with co-workers and have also lost count of the times I shared the recipe. Simple cake, on-hand ingredients, very easy and super delicious. Can't ask for more."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"this always go fast in my house! easy to put together with ingredients typically one hand... win win recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I got this recipe from Karen I can't remember how many years ago. It's great! When I say I'm making Banana Bars the girls will say the ones with the cream cheese frosting. I just say is there any other one. I'm actually making these tomorrow. They are pretty much a staple in my house.Thanks again Karen."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This recipe is a family favorite.. Great way to use banana instead of making banana bread. Sometimes I just sprinkle it with powdered sugar... It's STILL yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"My husband's all time favorite!! He requests them often!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"I have made this recipe for years. It is Delicious.

Re: one of the reviews This recipe is correct as written. There is another recipe for Frosted Banana Bars on the TOH site.
that has 1 1/2 cups sugar and sour cream.
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Frosted-Banana-Bars-2"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Have been using this recipe for years. I cut back the sugar to 1 1/2 cups without affecting the outcome, no need for extra moisture. This is always a hit at potlucks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"Tasted great! I used a 9x13 pan due to the small size of my oven so the sweet icing was a little overpowering, but still good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"this is so easy to make..and taste great..i like it with out the frosting on it to.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"This makes a bigger batch than I thought. Not too sweet and great banana flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I have been using this recipe since it came out in the magazine many, many years ago. I've taken it to church for the "after church social hour", and it quickly disappears. My husband loves it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Best Banana Bars Period. I dare you to eat just one!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"i make this alot...taste great..every one loves it..so easy to make"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"I made these banana bars a few months ago, and they were fantastic. I actually made banana bars a long time ago, but I lost the recipe, and so I was happy to find this one, because they tasted like the ones I used to make. I'm glad my brother was in town to help eat them up!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"I almost made this recipe -- but when I saw "2 cups of sugar" stopped, because that didn't seem right. Sure enough, I went digging for my old paper copy from the magazine - and it was totally different! 1-1/2 cups sugar, plus 1 cup sour cream! I'm sticking with the tried & true."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"These are amazing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"Waaaay too tasty! It was hard for us to eat just one bar. This recipe is a keeper! I was going to try several banana bar recipes but this one turned out so well, there is no reason to try any more. Thanks for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I have been making this recipe forever. It is my favorite for ripe banana's. Not as dry as banana bread, my family loves it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I needed to use up some bananas that were in my freezer plus go to a potluck so thought this would be a great recipe to make. HOWEVER I made mini cupcakes instead of the bars. They turned out great! It yielded 60 minis and I baked them at 350 for 12 min. I only made half the frosting and added that to some store bought cream cheese frosting that I already had in the frig. and also only used 1 cup powdered sugar. Then I topped the cupcakes with toasted, chopped walnuts. Needless to say there were no leftovers for me to bring home! Oh well, guess I'll just have to make more!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Very good. I chunked some of the bananas instead of smashing them all. I added a bit of almond extract to the frosting and sprinkled the frosting with honey roasted almonds."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This is by far the best banana recipe I have ever made. I make this for breakfast and dessert treats. Everyone loves it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"There is something to be said for comfort food type desserts and THIS is one of them. Absolutely delicious and easy to prepare. I made them for a baby shower and the gals loved them. I really like that they are thinner and can be eaten with fingers instead of a fork. The cream cheese frosting is perfect...not too sweet. When my bananas get too ripe to eat, I put them in the freezer and then pull them out to make these bars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"I make this frequently, both for dessert and for breakfast treats. It always goes fast!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"These are the best banana bars. I get asked to bake them often. You can change up the recipe if you like, but it is not necessary at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010 Edited Jan. 5, 2014

"EXCELLENT! Super easy, one of my most requested desserts. Don't measure bananas...just use 3 spotty ones; it works every time. I, too, use a 9 x 13 pan. You won't be disappointed with this one."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"My daughter and I just made these. Delicious! I don't have a 10 X 15 pan so I used a 9 X 13 and baked a little longer. I halved the frosting recipe and I used low fat cream cheese with wonderful results. I also added about 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts. We are throwing out our old banana bread recipe and replacing it with this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Fabulous! My dad loved these bars. He said they tasted just like my grandmother's. NOw my children love them, too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"very good I used four medium sized banannas. Gave it a wonderful taste"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I make these in a 9 x 13 pan and people can't get enough of them. They take a little longer to bake, but I just adjusted to that. I've made these in the 10 x 15 pan and they didn't go over as well. Today I just finished making them int he smaller pan and added chocolate chips to them....They were extra special. If you're worried about the calories, don't bake them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"My Mom has made these bars in the 50es but did not use the cream cheese we frosted them with a home cooked marshmellow topping then a thin frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"Delicious! Extremely easy to make and the cream cheese frosting is divine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"Excellent! Love the cream cheese frosting!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009

"This has become a favorite family "go to." Very delicious!!

Nancy
Indiana"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2009

"This is a great go to recipe for over ripe bananas. Been making it since 94."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"This was wonderful! Very easy to make and the frosting was great! Everyone loved them, thank you.

CA"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"Great! Quick to make and easy. We loved them and will make them without hesitation next time I have to bring a dessert to pass!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2009


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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2009

"I made these bars, instead of my usual banana bread, and they were a huge hit. I brought them into work and had to give out the recipe. To save time, use store-bought cream cheese frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2008 Edited Nov. 1, 2008

"I made these for the first time for a funeral this past weekend. I've had this recipe in my recipe box for years, but have never made it.

They were amazing! I had more people than I can remember ask me for the recipe! These were gone before everything else!
Thank you for a great recipe! I will try all the other recipes from your magazine that I have had for years now too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2008

"I made these bars also, and they are sooo delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2008

"I left the frosting off to shave off calories, and they still tasted pretty good - moist and fluffy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2008

"I've made these moist, sweet bars a couple of times and my coworkers and husband are always excited to taste them. Excellent!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2008

"This recipe holds up well even with nuts added.Chopped walnuts added a little extra texture and worked out fabulously!"

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