Banana Bars Recipe

These Banana Bars have the delicious moist texture that you find in your favorite banana cake but in bar form! Topped with a cream cheese frosting, they’re a total family favorite.

An image of a banana bar on a plate.

Check out some other great dessert bars recipes like Lemon Bars, Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal BarsNo Bake S’mores Bars, and Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars.

BANANA BARS

Bananas are without a doubt the most popular fruit in our house! My husband goes absolutely nuts over them and so do both of my girls. As you can imagine, we always have some bananas hanging out in our fruit bowl. While I enjoy bananas, I’m also pretty particular about the bananas I’m willing to eat. Specifically, I prefer my bananas to be on the green side. Once I see even a hint of ripeness, I want no part of them!

Now while this certainly benefits my banana-loving husband and kids, I’m also not a fan of waste. I’m always looking for new and delicious ways to repurpose ripe bananas. The great thing about baking is, the browner the banana, the better the flavor! So those bananas you forgot about in your fruit bowl? The ones looking way too overripe to enjoy? Don’t throw them out! Make this banana bar recipe instead!

An overhead image of a banana bar.

HOW TO MAKE BANANA BARS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray and then line with parchment, allowing some extra parchment to stick up over the sides to allow for easy removal once the bars have cooled.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. I always like to combine my dry ingredients first. That way, they’re ready to add into the wet ingredients all at once when the time comes.
  3. In a large bowl, whip together the bananas to break them down. You can also mash them first with a fork, but I prefer to let my mixer do all the heavy lifting.
  4. Add sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  5. With the mixer on low, blend in the dry ingredients until just combined and pour into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth the batter into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and cool.
  7. To make the frosting, simply mix cream cheese, vanilla, and butter until well combined. Gradually mix in the confectioner’s sugar until everything is smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting over the cooled bars, cut into 12 pieces and serve.

A close up image of . banana bar with a bite taken out of it.

Tips and Tricks

  • Can I use bananas that aren’t as ripe? Yes, but the riper bananas equal better flavor. That said, if your bananas aren’t as ripe, mash them up a bit while they’re still in the peel before peeling and adding into the bowl to make them a bit easier to work with. Check out our tips for how to ripen bananas fast.
  • How do you store Banana Bars? If you’re not serving them right away, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days (if they last that long without being eaten!).
  • Can you freeze Banana Bars? Yes, but I’d freeze the cake part unfrosted. Be sure to wrap it well and then make the frosting when you’re ready to thaw and serve the bars.

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Banana Bars Recipe

These Banana Bars have the delicious moist texture that you find in your favorite banana cake but in bar form! Topped with a cream cheese frosting, they're a total family favorite.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 337kcal

Ingredients
  

Banana Bars

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup ripe bananas, peeled (around 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray and line with parchment, allowing some extra parchment to stick up over the sides.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whip together the bananas to break them down. Add sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually blend in the dry ingredients until just combined and pour into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth the batter into an even layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and cool.
  • While the bars cool, mix cream cheese, vanilla and butter until well combined.
  • Gradually mix in the confectioner's sugar until everything is smooth. Spread the frosting over the cooled bars, cut into 12 pieces and serve.

Notes

Loosely adapted from Betty Crocker.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 344IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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Jessy

Jessy is a busy mom and wife. She blogs over at The Life Jolie, a place to talk about all things delicious, family-related and pretty.

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