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Makeover Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

Makeover Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

I've made these banana bars many times, always with favorable comments and requests for the recipe. With this makeover, you don't have to be shy about grabbing seconds of this treat! —Susan Stuff, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the bananas, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture just until blended.
  • 2. Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. 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. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 149 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 fat

Reviews for Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Served this today and everyone loved it. Easy to make and yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"5star"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"We sued half the amoutn of icing and they were very good! We will be making these many more times!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"I USED 1/2 SPENDA & 1/2 SUGAR & MIXED IT WITH A FORK FIRST. FOR THE ICING I CUT BACK THE BUTTER TO 1TBS, THE SUGAR TO 1/4C & ADDED 1/3C OF SPLENDA. I ALSO ADDED 1TSP OF LEMON JUICE. TURNED OUT GREAT!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"All the sugar in the icing overpowers the taste of the cream cheese and banana bars. Next time maybe I'll make this with less confectioner's sugar."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"These were very moist and tasty. Several people asked for the recipe after trying them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I also used 1 cup of sugar instead of 1 1/2. YUM!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I love these! I even used light butter and they taste wonderful!

Next time I will add chopped walnuts and sprinkle the forsting with walnuts as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"This is great!! I used splenda, added cinnamon, walnuts and fat free cream cheese. Really yummy!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"Very moist. Everyone loved them! No one guessed that they were "diet" friendly. Will make again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Of course, this recipe is good. But, there is no amount of sugar listed in the Nutrition Facts. I don't know how this can be healthy and diabetic friendly with so much sugar in the bars and the fat free frosting. Way too much sugar!!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Although I have not made this I'm looking forward. It takes less sugar and butter than my old one. Jham there is a lot of reduction in this"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Exactly what is made over. Butter, tons of sugar, in other words delicious, but not something you can eat a lot of."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"These are great!! If you leave them unfrosted, the carb count goes to 16. This is great for diabetics and they taste just as good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Very moist and delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"These are wonderful. I add chopped pecans to the batter and they are even better."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Delicious! I loved them and couldn't tell by the taste that they were a "lighter" version. Very moist. I didn't have a 15x10 baking pan, so I used a 9x13, and it worked just fine. Would definitely make again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"I have made this recipe a couple of times now. It always is a big hit in my family. I do add some cinnamon to the batter per my personal preference, but it good either way."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"Great recipe. Easy to make and great tasting bars. To Pennsylvania Patty: The smaller pan can be used, it will just yield a thicker bar. It may or may not affect the cooking time. If it does, it will be by just a little. I hope that helps. Marina"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"Whenever I have over ripe bananas, my family will ask for these, they used to ask for my famous Banana Bread but not anymore."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"I used a 16 in. X 11 in x 1 in baking pan. These bars turned out great for the family reunion! I used some fat free cream cheese in the frosting because i did not have a full 8 ounces of the 1/3 fat cream cheese. And adding some nutmeg. I definitely will be making these bars again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"What would you do if you don't have a 10x15 baking pan? I only have a 13x9, and would like to make this for a church function."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"Excellent! We enjoyed these very much--very tasty, moist and tender with a great flavor--you'd never know they were "makeovers"!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I have made these many times since I discovered this recipe and I have always gotten rave reviews."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"I just made these and they are delicious!! I wil deffeintly make these again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"I made these last night for a family dinner! Got RAVE reviews! So I brought the rest to work today!! Yummmmy!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"I've made these several times and they are very good. I don't always put the frosting on them and they still taste great. They taste like a banana bread bar! yummy!"

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