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Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

Makeover Frosted Banana Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD: 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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.

Reviews

Average Rating:
  • 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
    Dec 31, 1969

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

  • foxychick577
    Dec 31, 1969

    5star

  • Jinktchn
    Dec 31, 1969

    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!!!

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