Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

by | Aug 26, 2015 | All, Desserts

Do you have ripe bananas on your counter? These Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are guaranteed to get a thumbs up from everyone!

An easy banana bar recipe with cream cheese frosting that always disappears! Perfect for large groups or an after school snack.

Am I the only one who always has ripe bananas on the counter? And in the freezer? I swear we can’t eat them fast enough. Or maybe I overbuy so I have some ripe ones on hand for baking? All things banana are a hit in this house, like Banana Bread, Banana Muffins and even Slow Cooker Oatmeal. But nothing makes a day better than coming home and seeing a pan of Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting sitting on the counter.

Whenever I want to have a special snack, I know these banana bars will get a thumbs up from everyone. These take 5 minutes to mix together and can be eaten frosted or right out of the oven. We prefer ours cold, but I always test a corner before they get frosted. The smell is just too tempting when they come out of the oven! 

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Filled with mashed banana and slathered with cream cheese frosting, these bars are the perfect combination of dessert and banana bread.  And since they make a big pan, they are perfect for a crowd. Don’t have a group to feed? No worries, just pop them in the freezer and pull them out when the craving hits. Instant gratification. 

An easy banana bar recipe with cream cheese frosting that always disappears! Perfect for large groups or an after school snack.

Tip: Don’t have time to bake when your bananas are ripe? Pop them in the freezer. Frozen bananas are perfect for baking!
Yield: 24 bars

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

A great banana bar, always a hit with a crowd.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Banana Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium overripe bananas mashed

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To make the Banana Bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Grease a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and mix thoroughly. Stir in sour cream, buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; stir into the batter. Mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting.

To make the Frosting:

  1. Mix butter and cream cheese in medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and powdered sugar a cup at a time and mix until smooth. Thin with milk if necessary.

Notes

We like these best cold. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
An easy banana bar recipe with cream cheese frosting that always disappears! Perfect for large groups or an after school snack.

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10 Comments

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    Love the idea to add chocolate chips to this classic dessert…don’t know why I never thought of that. Going to try it!! Thanks!! (love the website!). Leslie

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      Thanks, Leslie! I don’t always add the chocolate chips…but the kids love it when I do!

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    I have made this recipe many times and always get rave reviews and asked for the recipe. We like them slightly frozen in the Summer time.

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      Thanks, Sandy!They are so good when they are cold, especially in the summer!

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    My bananas sitting on the counter can’t get brown fast enough! I’m hoping to make this one on Saturday. Love banana bread and the cream cheese frosting might just put it over the top!

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      Thanks, Lynn! Let me know what you think.:)

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    Just got a thumbs up from a house full of boys! Delicious.

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      Thanks, Kelli! Have a fabulous weekend!

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    I was wondering could this be made in a 9 x 13 pan
    woth adjusted cooking times.

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      Hi Amy, Sure! It will be more cake like than bar like just because of the thickness, but will still taste delicious!

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