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Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

 Makeover Frosted Banana Bars
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
36 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until

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Makeover Frosted Banana Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • Frost bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 149 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.