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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

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

Nutritional Facts

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

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.
Originally published as Frosted Banana Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p29

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Frosted Banana Bars

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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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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