Frosted Banana Bars
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large 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
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 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.
- Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
- For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost bars.
Nutrition Facts1 bar: 202 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
Sep 13, 2019
This is a great recipe—about the only recipe I use for overripe bananas. I add walnuts or pecans and raisins. It freezes especially well. I cut it into bars first.
Sep 8, 2019
A friend made this for us, really good. Have a nice taste, texture and moist. These are great for family and friends also for a social pot luck.. There won't be any left for the next day.
Jul 6, 2019
This is my second review and it is still thee best banana bar recipe. You can use a 13" x 9" greased pan. Increase baking time to 35 minutes or until done. You only need half of the frosting recipe and it is the perfect amount for the 13" x9".
Oct 30, 2018
Wonderful - I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Having a hard time keeping my hands from snatching a piece every time I walk past the fridge.
Oct 23, 2018
Outstanding. I took this to a party, having never made it before, and it got rave reviews. I also baked it in a 13 x 9" pyrex pan and increased the cooking time somewhat, based on other reviewer suggestions. it came out great. I didn't have enough confectioner's sugar, so I reduced the butter and cream cheese somewhat, and added a little milk to help it spread better. It still came out delicious!
Oct 20, 2018
I absolutely love this recipe but I think it tastes even better if you replace the flour with Banana multi purpose flour by pereg. This banana flour is an amazing replacement for all sorts of recipes.
Jul 18, 2018
These bars are better than banana bread. Very moist. I add chopped walnuts and the bars go fast whenever I make them.
May 2, 2018
These bars taste great. I like to add 1/2-3/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the bar recipe in order to add extra flavor and some crunch. I also prefer a thicker bar, so I bake this recipe in a 13x9x2-inch pan. The icing is very good and a perfect addition to these bars.
Feb 19, 2018
This was very easy and made a good quantity of delicious bars. I had about 5 smaller sized bananas to use up, and this recipe was perfect. I threw in a little cinnamon & candied ginger for added flavor. Like others, I used a 15x9 pan (glass), increased time by 15 minutes, and halved the frosting. I also used a pineapple cream cheese in the frosting because I happened to have this available & needed to use it up along with the bananas! It proved to be an excellent choice for the frosting.The bars were moist and flavorful. Definitely a keeper!
Feb 14, 2018
I have made these three times and they are perfect. I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour and added 1/2 cup of flaxseed meal. I also cut the sugar in half and added 1/8 cup of honey. Finally, I used reduced fat cream cheese. My coworkers won't know the difference!