Frosted Banana Bars

Back in 05′ I stumbled across a banana bar recipe on Allrecipes that inspired these bars. I remember at the time I didn’t have sour cream to make another bar that had great reviews so I used this recipe as a springboard to create my own version with the ingredients I had on hand.

I made several changes that really made the bar. I replaced the shortening with 1/4 cup butter, reduced sugar to 1/2 cup, added 1 egg, and used 2 ripe bananas. I also made some changes to the frosting by reducing the confectioners’ sugar to 2 cups and omitting the salt. Viola a brand new recipe that we have loved for years!

These bars are very delicious and moist, bursting with banana flavor. I especially love them cold so I keep the bars covered in the refrigerator.


Frosted Banana Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas, mashed


1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsps melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg. Stir in the milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix in the mashed bananas. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Batter will be spread thin but try to spread evenly.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let bars cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

In a medium bowl mash the banana and add lemon juice. Add the melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Refrigerate and cut into bars.


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