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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I make these moist bars whenever I have ripe bananas on hand, then store them in the freezer to share later at a potluck. With creamy frosting and big banana flavor, this treat is a real crowd-pleaser. —Debbie Knight, Marion, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:36-48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°/ In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • For the most intense flavor, use bananas with plenty of brown spots on them. Great way to use up leftovers in your fruit bowl!
  • Get crunchy by adding toasted walnuts or black walnuts to the batter, or sprinkling them over the frosting.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

    "I made this exactly as written except I didn't have sour cream so I used the Dannon light and fit vanilla Greek yogurt, and I added semi sweet chocolate chips. I put it in a 13x9 pan and baked it for 35 minutes. It is moist and light. My husband gave it a 4.5 and my 5 year old gave it a solid 10. My 20 year old has not been here to try it. I am keeping this recipe for taking places. It is fantastic."

    Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

    "Made these in a 13 x 9 glass dish, baked for 28 minutes & my friends & family just raved about them! Will definitely make the same way again."

    Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

    "Absolutely the best recipe for banana bars I have ever baked and eaten. My husband can't keep out of them, and I took them to a sick friends house and her husband and son were hiding them from each other! Didn't and wouldn't change a thing except I did add walnuts to the batter as we love nuts with anything banana."

    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

    "Best recipe that I've found for banana bars."

    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

    "These were a giant hit at my house. My 3 daughters each have boyfriends and they all loved them. The sour cream made them so moist. I may use 3 bananas next time and I know I'd love some nuts in them. I did find that as delicious as they were right after frosting them, they were even better the next day! I think the flavors got more intense as it sat overnight. Only lasted till the second day!"

    Reviewed May. 29, 2016

    "i really liked this recipes cause it only has... 96 mg of sodium and when u go to make this - use unsalted butter! I added some applesauce and some roasted pecans and every1... Loved it!"

    Reviewed May. 23, 2016

    "Fabulous! Moist and tender. My daughter who doesn't care for banana loved these. I was shy some banana and used applesauce. Will make again. This replaces beloved favorite banana cake recipe."

    Reviewed May. 5, 2016

    "Big hit at work. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. I added chopped walnuts to the top of the frosting. I also cut back on the confectionary sugar to 2 1/2 cups. I used 3 bananas."

    Reviewed Apr. 29, 2016

    "This is a good recipe. I tried it using a muffin-top pan (350? for 20 minutes). It was easy to make, also."

    Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

    "I just added raisins and nuts. Delish"

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