Banana Bars

Bananas. I love them, but as you may recall, I can never seem to use them up before they are speckled brown and less than appetizing on my Cheerios. However, these past their prime ‘naners are the perfect excuse to bake something delicious! Last week, I was left with a few of this type of bananas adorning my counter top, so I hit up allrecipes in search of a new banana recipe to try when I came across these amazingly delicious banana bars.

The original recipe which is linked below, used a jellyroll pan and called for canned cream cheese frosting, but I decided to use a 9×13 pan…which made the bars more cake like. I also made my own frosting and added a bit of cinnamon. However, I think these would be delicious no matter what pan size or frosting type you choose to use. These came out super moist and everyone that tried one absolutely loved the flavor. Put those brown bananas to good use or let some get super ripe on purpose because these are a must try!

Banana Bars with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting


For the Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used Beanilla's Vanilla Bean Paste)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed ripe bananas

For the Frosting

2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter; softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Beanilla's Vanilla Bean Paste)


For the Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9"x13" inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla.

3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting

1. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2. Gradually add in the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread on cooled cake.

adapted from allrecipes


27 Responses to “Banana Bars”

  1. ABowlOfMush — September 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Delicious! I'm sold!


  2. Sara — September 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my…that thick layer of cream cheese frosting looks so good! Reminds me of a store bought cake/cupcake, where they totally load you up on the frost. Yum!


  3. Shauna — September 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    These sound divine!! I have some ripe bananas downstairs that may be put to good use very soon.


  4. Kelsey — September 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    OMG. Will have to make this. Sadly I have promised my banana's to banana bread this weekend. Now I have to start ripping more banana's!!!


  5. Fahrenheit 350° — September 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Canned cream cheese frosting? Who knew! Sounds horrible! This looks wonderful though!


  6. Smitten Sugar — September 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Oh yum! I will definitly be using some bananas and making this soob!


  7. Ingrid — September 4, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Love the frosting to cake ratio! I needed a new banana cake recipe though I do have a question. Which do you prefer? The one that goes into the freezer after baking or this one?


  8. Megan — September 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Oh my gosh… those look awesome! I love the thick layer of frosting!


  9. Maria — September 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I always have bananas to use up! Great recipe!


  10. Miakoda — September 8, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I Love, Love, Love it! Certain fruits are amazing flavoring agents when they're cooked/baked. I think bananas top the list. Love that luscious cream. Altogether, too tempting! :)


  11. Eliana — September 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    These bars look incredible. I want one (or 2) right now.


  12. Close to home — September 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I recently blogged about what you should do when you dont have time to make banana bread or only have one or two bananas that are unusable. I am going to link this recipe to my site too. sounds yummy


  13. Tracey — September 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I remember you tweeting about these bars but I'm just getting over to read your post now. They look so amazing, especially the generous layer of frosting on top! I have bunches of brown bananas in my freezer and some of them are destined for these bars :)


  14. Katrina — September 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I love all things bananas, too and these bars look fabulous! Love the perfect looking icing!


  15. allison — September 9, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I made these & have to ay they were delish! So, so good! Really yummy referigerated too!


  16. APFoodies — September 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    They are in the oven right now! I love your recipes — they are quick and easy and in my mouth in no time!

    I really want to try vanilla paste next time though — I've not used that before.

    Thanks for sharing…


  17. rdtjr05 — September 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Looks delicious but do you really mean 2 pounds of powdered sugar or 2 cups? That's a LOT of powdered sugar.


  18. Allie — September 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

    That frosting looks amazing!


  19. Mandy — September 24, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Making these bars right now, at almost 11:05pm because they looked so good! I think all the frosting may be a bit too much for me, so I might use half and find a use for the rest. Otherwise they smell delicious and I am sure they will taste amazing.


  20. Kush — October 29, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I am definitely gonna try these out. They remind of these banana cakes I used to eat at this french bakery when I was a little girl!


  21. tasteofbeirut — April 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    These banana bars look so delicious! Why did I not think of it! So much more fun to eat than the classic bread!


  22. els — April 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm



  23. Michele — April 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

    ALways looking for good banana recipes. I’ll let you know how mine turn out! Thanks!


  24. Colleen — July 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    AMAZING!! I made these and added just a dash of nutmeg to the frosting. My husband and kids were in love.


    • Jamie — July 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed these, thanks for reporting back!

  25. Elizabeth B — August 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    YAY! Thank you for the idea! Finally banana bars are on my teenage, baking blog…



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