Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread is a favorite breakfast in our house. Any time we have a few bananas the boys always beg us to save them to make banana bread. But one day, we decided we wanted to try something a little different and made it into bars. 

Since it’s so close to banana bread, we named these banana bread bars. Yeah, we’re real creative over here! I don’t know if they would really be breakfast anymore, with the frosting on top, but they made a great snack

Banana Bread Bars

The ingredients for the bars are very similar to those used for bread. It’s just slightly different amounts and method. Plus, as I said, the bars have a delicious cream cheese frosting on top that we don’t put on the bread. 

Tyler and Ryan really enjoyed helping us make this recipe. For some reason, I don’t have any photos of them cooking that day, but I know we will be making this often and can update with some process shots in the future. 


Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are fluffy. I like to use my stand mixer for this because it is quick and easy without me having to hold the mixer. 

Then beat in the eggs, ripe bananas, and vanilla extract. Stir everything together until it’s well combined. 

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly stir this into the banana mixture until it’s just blended together. 

Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish and pour the banana batter into the dish. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the bars in the dish on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, make the frosting by combining the cream cheese and butter until they are mixed and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it’s creamy and smooth. 

Once the bars are completely cooled, frost and cut into one-inch squares and serve. 

Banana Bread Bars
Banana Bread Bars

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Recipe

Banana Bread Bars
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5 from 5 votes

Banana Bread Bars

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, frosting
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Bars

  • 8 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 bananas overripe
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 tbsp butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar
  • Beat in the eggs, bananas, and vanilla extract
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Slowly stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish and pour the batter in the dish
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack

Frosting

  • While the bars cool, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it’s creamy and smooth
  • When the bars are completely cooled, frost and cut into one-inch squares
Banana Bread Bars

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14 thoughts on “Banana Bread Bars

  1. Oh my gosh these look amazing! My boyfriend is a big fan of banana bread, so I know he would love this.

  2. You are on fire with these banana bread bars! I love banana bread, but never thought about topping them with cream cheese frosting!

  3. These banana bread bars look so yummy! I love banana bread on its own, but the icing looks like an amazing way to change things up!

  4. My mouth started watering the second I saw that frosting! No need to cut them into squares though- I have no doubt that I’d be able to eat a whole pan’s worth in the span of an hour. Whoops!

  5. Omg this looks so yummy and easy to make. I have been looking for a recipe to use our bananas in. Going to save this and make it in home ec with my kiddos this week. Thanks.

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