Banana Nut Bars Recipe

Here is a delicious recipe from Kristine for our Holiday recipe exchange! She says she makes these every year in the fall and Thanksgiving time and her family devours them! They look mighty tasty. I love both cream cheese frosting and bars, so this recipe has both! Winner!

Banana Nut Bars Recipe by kristine snyder

Banana Nut Bars Recipe

1 C. sugar
1 C. mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 C. All-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Cream Cheese Frosting (below)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease rectangular pan (13 x 9 x 2 inches). Beat sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Spread batter in pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. Prepare frosting and spread on bars. Cover and refrigerate and remaining bars.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces of cream cheese
1/3 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in medium bowl on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

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  1. Hi all,
    Just wanted to clarify something. While the recipe is called Banana Nut Bars, you’ll notice there are no nuts in my actual recipe. My son has a nut allergy and I always leave them out and wasn’t even thinking about it when I posted. Feel free to add walnuts if you so desire! 🙂

  2. Sarah Hayes says:

    Id love to share these with my family. I think we need them this weekend! they look yummy

  3. Mary Dailey says:

    I love banana nut bread, so I know I would love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Right now on my kitchen counter, some bananas are just about right for use in baking. I was looking for something a little different than the usual banana bread or cake to use them in, and these bars look like just the thing. I don’t have any cream cheese at the moment, but I’m sure the bars will be fine as-is. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. This looks delicious, I can’t wait to give it a try. I don’t think I’ve ever had banana nut bars, when I first saw the picture I was thinking carrot cake. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I enjoy making banana bread, but never thought to make bars and since I love cream cheese icing this will be a great recipe for me.

  7. Friederike Graedener says:

    This sounds so easy to make and looks tasty. And i appreciate baking with ripe bananas rather than overripened black ananas i use for banana bread.

  8. Yona Williams says:

    I love desserts with a cream cheese frosting – it’s just so creamy and satisfying.

  9. They look simple and very yummy. Another vote for cream cheese frosting.

  10. Shelley Joy P says:

    Yummmm, cream cheese frosting. And we always have ripe bananas in the house 🙂 My husband would love this! TY!

  11. These look amazing and one recipe I can handle thanks for sharing this one. I would love to make these for my family this Winter.