Banana Nut Bars

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!
My cream cheese frosting obsession all started with this florida orange cake. And then it continued with this strawberry cake. And here it is again!

For 27.75 years of my life, I just figured I didn’t like cream cheese frosting. Just like I thought I didn’t like cheesecake when I was younger because it had the word “cheese” in it.

Same thing goes for cream cheese frosting. But I got adventurous one day (yes, I’m laughing at this now!) and tried cream cheese frosting on cake, and what can I say?

It’s dreamy.

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!
This cream cheese frosting is paired with a banana bar base, which is also a new thing to me.

I love banana bread – we have a classic banana bread recipe and a healthier banana bread recipe that is always in the top 10 most viewed posts each month. Both are great recipes and I frequently convert them into muffins, but a banana bar is new to me!

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!
It’s kind of like banana cake, and I’m pretty sure I did eat this dessert with a fork, so I guess it’s versatile!

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!
A few recipe notes:

-this recipe calls for a 10×15 inch baking pan, also known as a jelly roll pan. I have not tried this recipe in a 9×13 inch pan, so I am not sure how to adjust the baking for that size.

-the recipe calls for buttermilk, I have not tried it with any substitutions

-don’t skip the cream cheese frosting!!

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!

Banana Nut Bars

Yield: 10x15 inch pan

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed banana, about 2 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 10x15 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. On medium-high heat over the stove, melt the butter and water and bring to a boil. Once it boils, remove it from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, banana, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla, beat with an electric mixer until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and walnuts, then gradually add to the banana mixture.
  5. Gently stir in the melted butter mixture until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter onto the baking sheet and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool completely before adding the frosting.

Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and butter, beat with an electric mixer until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and gradually add the powdered sugar, beat until smooth and thick. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled bars. Slice and serve.
Recipe from taste of home cookbook.

Such a popular banana nut bar recipe with cream cheese frosting! Will make again and again, could be called banana nut cake!
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3 comments

  1. I can never resist a cake with cream cheese frosting! These banana bars look fabulous!!

  2. I could polish them ALL off!

  3. This recipe looks delicious! I know they’re called Banana NUT Bars, but are the walnuts absolutely necessary? Have you ever made the bars without them and, if so, did they turn out as well?

    Thank you!

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