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Topped with an amazing cream cheese frosting, these banana bars are the best you’ll ever have.  Made with fresh bananas and a few simple ingredients, this easy recipe is both fluffy and moist!

I love serving these delicious banana bars when we’re entertaining.  Whether it’s for an adult game night, an evening with the kids or a date night at home, these bars are perfect for any occasion.

a stack of banana bars topped with cream cheese frosting and sliced bananas

Banana Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

This banana bar recipe is from my grandmother. She would make these every time we visit her house and could smell them cooking even before we walked through the front door! They are my all-time favorite dessert – tangy, sweet and super moist!

This easy recipe is made with fresh bananas and common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.  Follow these simple steps and soon your house will be filled with the sweet aroma of this delicious treat. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

How To Make Them

Cream It – Start by creaming the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.

Add Eggs – Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until everything has mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

Dry Ingredients – Add in the remaining dry ingredients until everything has combined.

Bananas – Mash the bananas and then mix them into the batter until they’re evenly mixed.

Bake – Spread everything evenly into the pan and then bake them for about 20-25 minutes.  To check to see if they’re fully cooked, place a toothpick into the center of the pan and remove it.  If it comes out clean, the banana bars are done.

Frosting – While the banana bars are cooking, it’s time to make the amazing cream cheese frosting.  Start by beating the whipping cream in a small bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Once that mixture is smooth, fold in the whipped cream.

Frost Them – Allow the banana bars to fulling cool before frosting them.  One they’re cool, frost and enjoy!

a banana bar square topped with frosting

Storing Tips

Protect That Frosting – If you don’t plan on serving the banana bars right away, I would recommend not frosting the right away.  If you’ve frosted them, just make to use a dish that’s deep enough where the lid does stick to the frosting.  When covered, they’ll stay fresh for about 5-7 days.

Freezing – If you’re going to freeze these, I would recommend waiting on making the frosting.  However, if they’re already frosted, you can still freeze these.  First, place them in the freezer covered until they have harden.  Once hard, remove them from the freezer and then tightly wrap them in plastic wrap and foil and the return to the freezer.  This will keep the frosting from getting ruined so when you unwrap and thaw them, they’ll be perfect!

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Banana Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Topped with an amazing cream cheese frosting, these banana bars are the best you'll ever have.  Made with fresh bananas and a few simple ingredients, this easy recipe is both fluffy and moist!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, cakes, dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 24 Bars
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas 2-3 large bananas
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

DIRECTIONS FOR BANANA BARS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter.
  5. Mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting

DIRECTIONS FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla.
  3. Beat until smooth, and then fold in whipped cream.
  4. Frost the cooled bars and serve immediately or store them in an air tight container in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Banana Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Bar)
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 416IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

freshly baked banana bars topped with frosting and sliced bananas

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