Frosted Banana Bars is a simple and delicious dessert to make and a great way to use up overripe bananas.
We eat a lot of bananas around our house. My kids really like them. One of my daughters thinks she could live on bananas and carrots alone. Even though we all enjoy them there seems to always be one or two that end up being a little too ripe to eat.
My husband actually prefers overripe bananas, but he does not always eat them up. I however like mine on the green side. I am one of those people that feels like bananas are good for about one day, because there is a fine line between too green and too ripe.
I make a lot of banana bread and muffins, but we get tired of always having those too things. Smoothies are also a great use of bananas, but I think dessert is my favorite way to use them!
If a dessert has bananas in it, it is healthy, right? Okay, so this is not healthy, nor is it low fat, but if you like bananas give these bars a try.
Even if you don’t like bananas you may like this recipe, this frosting will make almost anything taste good. These bars are good without the frosting, but why would you want to leave it off. Maybe it would make them slightly healthier, but it is not nearly as good.
This frosting recipe is one of my favorite frosting recipes. It is good on most cakes. It makes a boxed cake seem homemade. It is really good on carrot or zucchini cake. If nothing else try the frosting recipe. You won’t be buying the canned stuff anymore.
And I have a gluten free version of these banana bars so if you are gluten free be sure to check out my gluten free banana bars. I have also heard from readers that Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 blend works great in this recipe. So that is another option for those of you that are gluten free.
Frosted Banana Bars
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat pastry)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add to the creamed mixture.
- Stir in bananas. Spread into a greased 11×17 or similar sized baking pan.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool and frost using frosting recipe below.
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-3/4 to 4 cups powdered sugar
- For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
- Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Taste of Home