Banana Bars

Warmer weather brings picnics and potlucks as well as great get-togethers with family and friends. I love having go-to items that go together in a cinch and are always a hit. Banana bars are one of the first things that disappear from a buffet line and once you try these you will know why. They’re super moist, delicious and of course topped with a cream cheese frosting that melts in your mouth.

You don’t need to be a banana lover to enjoy these bars. They will win you over with the first bite!

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Banana Bars

Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, bars
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Baking
Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

For the bars

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • cup sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (miniature variety preferred)

For the frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

For the bars

  • Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg, and banana and beat to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated with no clumps of dry flour. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased 10×15 baking pan and place in a preheated 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when inserted into the middle of bars.
  • Let cool completely before icing.

For the frosting

  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and sifted powdered sugar. More or less sugar may need to be added to achieve the consistency desired.
  • Beat to completely combine and spread on cooled bars!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bar

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