Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars are a great variation on a favorite breakfast meal in our home. Similar to banana bread with a cream cheese frosting.

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. 

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. And of course, they especially like helping us eat it!

Ryan gives the Banana Bread Bars a thumbs up!

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. Garnish with crushed pecans if desired.

Recipe

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars are a great variation on a favorite breakfast meal in our home. Similar to banana bread with a cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, frosting
Servings: 12 servings
5 from 12 votes

Ingredients

Bars
  • 8 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 bananas (overripe)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pecans (crushed)

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
  • Garnish with crushed pecans if desired
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Banana Bread Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 57g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.2%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Banana Bread Bars

46 thoughts on “Banana Bread Bars”

  1. Brandi-BrandiSoileau.com

    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. Patricia Chamberlain

    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!

    1. These are slightly different than regular banana bread since you don’t want them to rise like a loaf of bread. But otherwise, still taste the same, or even better once you add the cream cheese frosting!

  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.

  6. ah! we got the thumbs up! I’m going to try those as soon as possible! I have a bunch of ripe bananas that I need to use up and this idea is exactly what I needed!

  7. Yummy, I love bananas. So always willing to try anything new with bananas. I have made banana bread. But this is new. And I really like how pretty it looks. This weekend I am giving it a try.

    1. My boys eat a banana every day, so bananas are big in my house, too. I hope you enjoy these when you make them. I’d love to hear back once you do and let me know how they worked for you!

  8. I love to save this new recipe and I will definitely make this. I am sure my son love and will be favorite. Yumm yumm

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