Frosted Banana Bars Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Frosted Banana Bars
"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!"
"These bars are so good! I had bananas to use up and my family loved these!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"I have been looking for this recipe. These classic old fashioned bars are so good & always a crowd pleaser."
"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."
"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."
"I've been making this recipe for years and EVERYONE loves it. I have shared the recipe tons of times."
"I made these following the directions exactly. They were very good."
"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 husband says this is absolutely the best thing I make!"
"Great way to use up those left over bananas...the cream cheese frosting is what takes these to the next level."
"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."
"I was very surprised they were so good and they were easy"
"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 = )"
"I cut the sugar for frosting in half. Delight!"
"My husband declared these banana bars 'very good'. They are also good with vanilla or lemon frosting."
"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!"
""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"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Best way to use up overripe bananas. Very easy and quick to make and delicious."
"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!"
"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!"
"First time making these and they where a hit!! Just followed the directions and they came out perfect. Will def be making these often!!!"
"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."
"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."
"This were so moist and yummy. I think next time I make these, I will throw in a handful of minichocolate chips. I cut the icing recipe in half."
"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."
"Banana banana banana!!!"
"My son loved this treat! Glad I cut back the icing sugar to 2c rather than 4c. Its a keeper for my recipe box."
"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."
"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."
"This was easy to pull together on short notice and super-tasty. A great way to use leftover bananas!"
"These turned out great and tasted terrific...such an easy way to use leftover bananas!"
"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!"
"LOVE these! So awesome!"
"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."
"I think I overcooked mine a little so I'll watch it closer next time."
"love it love it love it!!!! and so did everyone else. what else can I say.."
"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."
"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!"
"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!!!"
"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."
"this always go fast in my house! easy to put together with ingredients typically one hand... win win recipe!"
"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."
"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 husband's all time favorite!! He requests them often!"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"this is so easy to make..and taste great..i like it with out the frosting on it to.."
"This makes a bigger batch than I thought. Not too sweet and great banana flavor."
"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."
"Best Banana Bars Period. I dare you to eat just one!"
"i make this alot...taste great..every one loves it..so easy to make"
"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!"
"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."
"These are amazing!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 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!"
"Fabulous! My dad loved these bars. He said they tasted just like my grandmother's. NOw my children love them, too!"
"very good I used four medium sized banannas. Gave it a wonderful taste"
"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 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."
"Delicious! Extremely easy to make and the cream cheese frosting is divine."
"Excellent! Love the cream cheese frosting!"
"This has become a favorite family "go to." Very delicious!!NancyIndiana"
"This is a great go to recipe for over ripe bananas. Been making it since 94."
"This was wonderful! Very easy to make and the frosting was great! Everyone loved them, thank you.CA"
"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."
"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!"
"I made these bars also, and they are sooo delicious!"
"I left the frosting off to shave off calories, and they still tasted pretty good - moist and fluffy."
"I've made these moist, sweet bars a couple of times and my coworkers and husband are always excited to taste them. Excellent!"
"This recipe holds up well even with nuts added.Chopped walnuts added a little extra texture and worked out fabulously!"