Banana Cream Bars

Banana Cream Bars – these are easy to make and creamy with bananas, cream cheese filling and a hint of lemon!

Banana Cream Bars - these are easy to make and creamy with bananas, cream cheese filling and a hint of lemon! I’ve always wanted a cute, kitchen savvy Grandma who would pass down recipes to me.

Whenever someone shares a special recipe that has been in their family for generations, I think that is so neat. They usually have fond memories of that certain dish being made for Christmas or birthdays and they look forward to eating it since it’s a special thing. I’m sure that when they were little they watched their Grammy or Great Aunt make the dish with wide eyes, just thinking.. how do they do it!

And they wait and wait until they are ‘old enough’ to learn the family recipe. Then the big day comes, they learn the recipe, and the tradition continues on.

Banana Cream Bars - these are easy to make and creamy with bananas, cream cheese filling and a hint of lemon! When we went home to Minnesota for Christmas, I was talking to my mother-in-law about how I’d love to have some family recipes. She pulled out a few cookbooks for me. One of them was a whole bunch of recipes printed out and stapled together with a page on the front that says “The Family Cookbook” – bingo! This is what I have been looking for!

The recipes are from my mother-in-law’s side of the family, who happen to have some Italian blood. There are recipes for cannoli cream, Italian waffle cookies, and Aunt Leona’s potatoes, which I’m not sure who Aunt Leona is yet. There are also a few classic recipes like peanut butter blossoms and chocolate brownies. And then there are a few recipes I’ve never heard of and I wasn’t really sure what they were, like cream cheese pie and banana breeze pie.

Today’s recipe for banana cream bars is adapted from Aunt Elaine’s recipe for banana breeze pie.

Banana Cream Bars - these are easy to make and creamy with bananas, cream cheese filling and a hint of lemon! I kept the filling as is, but decided to make them into bars using a homemade graham cracker crust rather than using a pre-made pie crust. I like that the bars are bite sized but this recipe would make a beautiful pie too. Aunt Elaine must have known what she was doing :)

Do you have any recipes that were passed down from a Grandma, aunt, or cousin? It’s so fun to have recipes like that!

Banana Cream Bars

Yield: 9-12 bars

Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • one, 8 oz, package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 bananas
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Cool whip and banana slices, to top

Directions:

  1. Line a 8×8 baking dish with tin foil, allow excess to hang over the edge and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, pulse the graham crackers into crumbs. In a bowl, combine the crumbs and melted butter until well combined. Transfer the crumbs to the baking pan and press into the pan using a spatula.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese using an electric mixer until fluffily. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and mix using the mixer. Add in the lemon juice and vanilla. Mix again.
  4. Slice 1-2 bananas, depending on how many banana slices you’d like, and place them on top of the crust.
  5. Pour the filling over the bananas. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the filling is firm.
  6. Remove the bars from the pan using the tin foil. Use a large knife to cut them into bars.
  7. Before serving top each bar with cool whip and a banana slice. Serve immediately.
TIP: TO KEEP THE BANANA SLICES FROM BROWNING, DIP THEM IN A SMALL AMOUNT OF LEMON JUICE AND THEN PLACE ON TOP OF THE COOL WHIP.

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24 comments

  1. How awesome! I love family recipes and family cookbooks, especially if there are notes written in them. This recipe would be a favorite of my husbands!

  2. I’m so happy you were able to get your hands on a family recipe book. These bars are right up my alley. I love all things banana!

  3. I love this post so much. I love that you got the family cookbook! Score and these are a serious score as well!

  4. That is so much fun!! I love digging into old family recipes!

  5. I would love to have some handwritten recipes from my grandparents. My husband’s grandmother is an amazing cook, so I look forward to her recipes (she is the kind of person who will “give” you a recipe but actually leave out an ingredient on purpose, lol. Or maybe she just does that to my mother-in-law!

  6. How cute are these bars?! And that crust looks absolutely amazing, Beth!

  7. If I didn’t already know you are from MN, your use of the word “bars” is a dead giveaway!! When I saw that word in your recipe title, I just had to smile. My family moved around a lot when I was growing up, and while I was in college they moved to MN (1968) and have been there ever since. Until we moved to Eden Prairie (outside Minneapolis, used to be very rural), we were totally unaware of the terms “bars”, “hot dish”, and the ever-popular “you betcha.” I have never actually lived year round in MN, but I’ve spent a large amount of time there. I personally like it there, especially when you get away from the cities (I have a friend who used to live on Mille Lacs and who now lives near Brainerd.) My husband, unfortunately, freezes solid went the temperature dips below 70 degrees, so my chances of living there are slim to none. Do you plan to move back there?
    Thanks for this yummy recipe! It sounds wonderful!

  8. Oooh I agree, old recipes are the best! These banana bars look insanely good. They remind me of the Cheesecake Factory’s banana cream cheesecake, which I also order when I visit the States :)

  9. Oh Gosh what can I say about these bars!!??? My mouth is watering! Such a cool treat!! Pinned!

  10. These bars look so delicious! I wish I had one now.

  11. Oh my!!! These are beeeeooooouuuutiful! And, you are very much making me crave some Banana Cream Bars this morning! I’m sure they’d be perfect for breakfast! :-)

  12. My sister started a family cookbook for all of us and now every so often we get new recipes add into it. It’s the best! These look amazing!

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