October 24th, 2013

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I know this may seem a little odd to share at this time of year.  And I promise I have all kinds of “fall” foods waiting and ready to share, but then I decided that everyone, all year long, ends up with those over ripe brown bananas sitting on their counter.  There are a million things to do with those bananas like: Caramelized Banana Pudding, Banana Chips, Banana Pops, Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins, Strawberry Banana Frozen Smoothie, Banana Cream Pie, or of course Banana Nut Spice Cake, just to name a few.

But who doesn’t love a little banana bar topped with cream cheese frosting?  Here is a little secret about this recipe.  It only uses 2 bananas, yes I said 2 bananas for an entire sheet pan on banana bars and then they are covered in delicious cream cheese frosting.  So even the non-banana lover may just fall in love with these Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

Frosting:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 – 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.

Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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