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Banana Orange Bars Recipe

Banana Orange Bars Recipe

I have been making these treats for many years. I no longer remember where the recipe came from, but one thing is certain - the bars are always a hit at family get-togethers and parties. The secret to tasty banana desserts is the ripeness of the bananas - the riper, the better.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the bananas, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in orange juice and peel until smooth; spread evenly over cake. Yield: 20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 374 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 25751
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Made these and they were a hit! I actually substituted equivalent coconut oil for the canola and only used 4 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting (because I ran out!) and they turned out great! Will be making these again soon!"

LauraM-J User ID: 1678946 33684
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"These are wonderful! I followed the recipe and they looked like the photo and are delicious! I wasn't sure about the banana/orange combination but the orange flavor inthe frosting was light and just enough to complement the banana cake. And, oh, the cake - love the texture and the cinnamon is perfect."

Beckster19 User ID: 2864803 39905
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"Okay, I didn't get as far as making the frosting, but the cake by itself is wonderful! I didn't have the right size pan, so I baked the batter in a 9x13 for about 40 minutes and it was simply delicious. Even my husband (who doesn't care for bananas much) agreed this was a keeper. And, a great way to eat it is a la mode with butter pecan ice cream. Mm-mmm!"

smmoreno User ID: 4814265 15658
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"easy and delicious! Everyone loved them!"

mm-mm User ID: 3018339 201609
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Simply wonderful. The banana flavor came through real well. The only thing I did different is add 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract as I am a stickler for this ingredient in every baked bar/cookie I make. This makes a big batch, but they went fast. I highly recommend it."

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