Are you looking for a new way to use up some of those overripe bananas? Or, maybe you just like bananas and are looking for new recipes to try. Either way, you will love this recipe for Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Icing!
This recipe actually came from my husband’s Aunt Cindy. She brought it to a family get together and I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of bananas or anything banana flavored. My girls love bananas in any form, thank goodness, but we all loved this cake. I blame it on the cream cheese icing;) Everything is better with a little cream cheese icing!
Have you seen the Facebook meme that says something like “Your kids either eat all the fruit in the house, or it rots on the counter. There’s no in between.” We’re like that with bananas. I either can’t keep them around, or the rot on the counter. I try to be resourceful and make banana bread with them, with chocolate chips of course, but sometimes you need a change from the same ole banana bread. That’s why I had to have this recipe from Aunt Cindy!
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Icing
You will need: 1 1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup softened butter
1 Cup sour cream
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1 pound or 4 Cups powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and sour cream and mix well. Add masked bananas and vanilla;mix well. Add salt, baking soda, and four. Mix until well combined.
Spread batter in a greased jelly roll pan (15×10). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.
For the frosting:
Combine butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and vanilla until well combined. Spread evenly over cooled bars.
*For chocolate cream cheese frosting, add in 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
These are great for a crowd since they are made in a large jelly roll pan.
These banana bars with cream cheese icing are also a delicate, light dessert that is perfect for Easter gatherings or summertime entertaining…really they’re perfect for anytime of the year!
- 1½ Cup sugar
- 1½ Cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 Cup sour cream
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 Cups flour
- ½ Cup butter, softened
- 1 lb. (4 cups)powdered sugar
- 8 ounce cream cheese softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Add 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder for chocolate cream cheese icing
- Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and sour cream and mix well. Add mashed bananas and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Add salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix well.
- Pour into greased jelly roll pan (15x10).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.
- Mix together the butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and cocoa ( if using).
- Spread evenly over cooled bars.