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Glazed Banana Nut Bars

I rely on this recipe when I need a sweet treat for a crowd. They're moist bars with the perfect balance of glaze, cake and nuts.—Marion White, La Center, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. Combine bananas and milk. Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture. Stir in nuts.
  • Pour into 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 on a wire rack.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and enough water until glaze reaches desired consistency. Frost bars. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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  • lvarner
    Jul 1, 2014

    This is a great recipe to make for a crowd. It is always well received and the bars are very tasty!

  • sidsly
    Apr 13, 2010

    I make this ALL the time. Work, for my Vet. People ask for the recipe but I won't give it out. It's so simple. I don't measure out the banana's Iuse either 2 large or 3 small ones. It comes out perfect. Try it your going to LOVE IT.