Banana Bars

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Banana Bars

Banana Bars

Banana Bars

Banana Bars

My sister got this recipe from one of her friends and highly recommended it.  When I made the banana bars for my family we thought that they could be the best thing banana that we have ever eaten.  They are not too sweet and have a delicate banana flavor.  The cream cheese frosting adds a light creamy sweetness and definitely makes them a dessert.  But we loved them without frosting, too.  I made a half batch of the frosting so that we could enjoy them both ways.

4.4 from 5 reviews
Banana Bars
Recipe type: Dessert, Baking
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Serves: 16+
These banana bars could be the best thing banana that I have ever eaten. They are not too sweet and have a delicate banana flavor.
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Banana Bars
  1. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  2. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour and baking soda and gradually add them to the creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Spread the batter into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 pan (or a 9 x 13 and a 8 x 8 pan).
  6. Bake the bars at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake should spring back to the touch.
  7. Once cooled, frost the bars and cut them into the size of your choice to serve.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Mix the ingredients to form a creamy frosting.
  2. Spread the frosting over the banana bars.
  3. Store the frosted banana bars in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Banana Bars

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16 Responses to “Banana Bars”

  1. Damian Idiart says:

    These banana bars were delivered to my office as gift and I devoured all of them in one sitting. They were moist and delicious. I love them because the banana flavoring was very strong. The frosting was creamy. I would recommend these to anyone. Now I have to try and convince my teenage daughter to follow the recipe and make a batch over the weekend.

  2. Cherie says:

    I agree with Damian. The Banana bars are fantastic and I plan to make them for a neighborhood get together on June 3.

  3. kelsey says:

    Thanks, Damian. I’m glad you liked them!

  4. kelsey says:

    Thanks, Cherie. I hope your friends like them! They are perfect for a party because they’re easy to make and one batch makes a lot!!

  5. Cherie says:

    We invited friends over last night to meet Bob’s friend (and mine) who now lives in Knoxville. I made these bars and everyone loved them! They’ll definitely be part of our get together next week.

  6. Kaitlin says:

    How funny; I was looking for a banana cake recipe this morning and had a hard time settling, but I did eventually find one and I was really hoping it would turn out well. They just came out of the oven, so I haven’t tried them yet, but the recipe I used was almost identical to this one!

    Looks like I’m in for some tasty stuff. Yours looks great!

  7. Cherie says:

    This banana bars are one of my favorite desserts for get togethers! Last night I made them without frosting and provided low fat vanilla yogurt as a topping along with a strawberry compote consisting of brown sugar, orange juice,orange rind and a cinnamon stick. Once these ingredients came to a boil, I added about 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries and brought the mixture to a boil again. We spooned the cooled mixture (can also be served warm) over the dollop of yogurt and a banana bar. Very delicious and one more way to enjoy this versatile dessert!

  8. jennifer says:

    These are fantastic! I always have to give some away to stop eating them. The last time I made them as cupcakes and they were perfect! I made banana split cupcakes with them when the original recipe failed me. They were party perfection!

  9. Rhonda says:

    These were so good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  10. Jet says:

    I made this recipe and I love it! It tastes almost identical to the Sara-Lee banana cake we get here in Australia that is extremely hard to find (Don’t know if you can get it anywhere else). It was a real hit and will be adding this to the recipe book for future banana cake cravings.

  11. Kar says:

    I made these bars for the first time a few months ago. My family loved them. I use 3 to 4 really riped bananas for more flavor. I call them my “crack”. lol

  12. Penny says:

    These are really yummy, with a beautiful soft banana and vanilla flavour. They were a win for kids and adults alike the first time I made them, although we found they had a bit too much icing. The second time I made them, for a cake stall, I halved the icing and they flew out the door!

  13. Sally Perry says:

    When you say one pkg of cream cheese, do you mean a 3-oz pkg or an 8-oz pkg? Thank you!

  14. I’ve made these twice… one for my workplace and once for my husband’s. Both times they were wonderful with rav reviews. Thanks!

  15. Deb Handy says:

    These are to die for! Just ate 4 of them…wondering what the calorie count would be. Good thing I skipped lunch!

  16. Shelby says:

    My grown children will fight over these!And ones not even a sweet eater.

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