Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
- Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
- For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Facts1 bar: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Jun 22, 2019
Excellent! I always cut the sugar in half and add a smidgen of stevia leaf powder in order to trim calories and fat from recipes; especially from sugar filled desserts. My bananas were small so I used 3 and mashing them gave me a bit more than a cup. I also use a non-egg egg replacer because of allergies to eggs. Some recipes don't turn out as well using egg replacer but this one turned out beautifully! I also use an icing sugar made with tapioca flour; due to allergies. I used half the icing sugar and added about 1/2 cup tapioca flour to help with the volume and DID NOT add in any stevia. There was still enough frosting to cover the bars and it was still plenty sweet. Some reviews mentioned that the recipe didn't make 4 dozen but it does! I cut into 6 rows (10 inch side) by 8 rows (15 inch side). They were the perfect size! I took them to a large gathering and received many compliments on them. DEFINITELY A KEEPER!
Jun 21, 2019
I made this to bring to my monthly book group meeting and it was delicious! My daughter and mom tried it before I brought it and raved. (I cut into bars on a plate before bringing it). Everyone enjoyed it.
May 15, 2019
do you freeze them with or without the frosting?
May 15, 2019
Very good! I sprinkle toasted chopped walnuts on top and add 1 C to the batter. Nice addition..
Mar 3, 2019
Cake part is perfect as is. For the frosting, I only use 1/2 the ingredients, adding icing sugar and a little milk to get the right consistency. Freezes well, too!
Feb 10, 2019
My “go-to” for any occasion. Wonderful as written and they are “cake like” . DONT change a thing. Perfect as written
Jan 20, 2019
Simply scrumptious!! I wanted to make these for church this morning so was worried about time but they went together quickly and I love that they also bake and cool quickly. I used 4 frozen medium bananas and it was just barely over 1 cup. Used the liquid too that comes with freezing bananas. I used a half sheet pan, I think 15-1/2 x 11-1/4, and it was the perfect size for bar thickness. Baked mine for 23 minutes, rotating pan with 8 minutes left. One rack lower than middle of oven. Nice medium brown on top. Put in the cold garage to cool quickly. I had about 1-1/2 cups of leftover cream cheese frosting I'd used for cookies. Very thick so added maybe a good half a cup of soured milk till the right consistency for a glaze. Spread over the mostly cooled bars, cut into 40 bars which yielded 2 inch sized bars. They were gobbled up at church and we still had some to bring home. My family loved them! These will be my go to banana recipe. I loathe making banana bread so these are banana goodies I will make often.
Jan 1, 2019
Little confused on why it says that it makes 4 dozen. Should I only pour half the batter in, and then make again? Found this to be more cake-like than bar-like. I also put it in for 35 minutes because the middle was too pudding-like, though I was nervous about the browning edges (I live at high-altitude if that's relevant). Overall, an easy winner to take to work or a family gathering. I put salted caramel in the cream cheese frosting which was amazing. I will try enhancing it even more with another banana or some almonds next time.
Nov 28, 2018
These are to die for! I took them to an event and barely came home with any left. Everyone raved about how wonderful they were and went back for seconds. I only used 1 cup of sugar in the batter and 3 cups of powdered sugar in the frosting--they were plenty sweet with all flavors standing out. This is going in the permanent recipe box!
Oct 6, 2018
These bars were amazing. I also made mine in a 9"x13" dish. Will try in sheet next time. Was more like a cake. Very dense and moist. Frosting put it over the top. Will make again.