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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

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 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. 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. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 149 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • jcanter
    Dec 28, 2017

    I've made these several times and they are very good. I don't always put the frosting on them and they still taste great. They taste like a banana bread bar! yummy!I also will cook it in a 8 by 11 cake pan so that it’s thicker and serve it as cake. People always love it when I take it to parties!

  • JeanMarie Stella
    Jan 9, 2014

    Served this today and everyone loved it. Easy to make and yummy!

  • foxychick577
    Jan 2, 2014

    5star

  • Jinktchn
    Sep 12, 2013

    We sued half the amoutn of icing and they were very good! We will be making these many more times!

  • GRANNA3MJL
    May 14, 2013

    I USED 1/2 SPENDA & 1/2 SUGAR & MIXED IT WITH A FORK FIRST. FOR THE ICING I CUT BACK THE BUTTER TO 1TBS, THE SUGAR TO 1/4C & ADDED 1/3C OF SPLENDA. I ALSO ADDED 1TSP OF LEMON JUICE. TURNED OUT GREAT!

  • KikiVon
    Apr 3, 2013

    All the sugar in the icing overpowers the taste of the cream cheese and banana bars. Next time maybe I'll make this with less confectioner's sugar.

  • PatKess
    Nov 2, 2012

    These were very moist and tasty. Several people asked for the recipe after trying them.

  • Conknee7
    Oct 19, 2012

    I also used 1 cup of sugar instead of 1 1/2. YUM!

  • Conknee7
    Oct 19, 2012

    I love these! I even used light butter and they taste wonderful!Next time I will add chopped walnuts and sprinkle the forsting with walnuts as well.

  • Clifton66
    Oct 18, 2012

    This is great!! I used splenda, added cinnamon, walnuts and fat free cream cheese. Really yummy!!!