Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Every year for Thanksgiving, my mom makes a recipe for pumpkin bars with a cream cheese frosting, and they are out of this world. I was thinking about those bars a few days ago, and while it’s no secret that I can’t wait for fall to get here, I’m still not quite ready for all things pumpkin flavored. As a result, I figured that a banana bread version would be the perfect not-yet-fall dessert. The verdict is in – the banana version is a hit!

Printable Recipe
Makes about 36 bars

for the bars:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt

for the frosting:
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl, until creamy.

Beat in the eggs, bananas, and vanilla.

Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Spread the batter evenly onto a foil-lined 15x10x1 inch baking pan.

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack, and make the frosting. Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy.

Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth.

Frost the bars once they have fully cooled. 

Cut into bars and enjoy!

Adapted from this recipe

  • LuluG
    August 27, 2013

    Thank you for this yummy recipe. I have bookmarked it! : )

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  • Erin LFF
    August 27, 2013

    Ohhhh yum! I definitely pinned this- can’t wait to try them!!

  • M.A.
    August 27, 2013

    This looks so yummy! I never make enough banana recipes. Going to bookmark to make this weekend!

    Marie Angelique

  • B Dav
    August 27, 2013

    Can I just implant you into my kitchen???
    I am going to try a gluten-free version of this!
    Britt @ One&20

  • Pamela Poole
    August 27, 2013

    Yummy. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you

  • Mana
    August 27, 2013

    Two things. First: I need a mixer so I can make all these recipes, and Second: I’m gonna be so fat when I get one. I want to eat this now.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Abby Barstow
    August 28, 2013

    This recipe looked so delicious that I featured it on my blog’s weekly links to recipes that are delicious and inspiring! Seriously though – these look so good!!

  • Megan C. Stroup
    September 4, 2013

    Yum! I definitely pinned this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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