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Banana bar with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.
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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Overripe bananas live their best lives yet when you make a big pan of Banana Bars, slathered edge to edge with Cream Cheese Frosting. One of the best banana desserts ever. They’re irresistibly moist and fluffy—just the thing for a mid-afternoon snack.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 304kcal

Ingredients

For the bars:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium, see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 15” x 10” x 1” pan (jelly roll pan) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In an electric mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs and beat until incorporated. Beat in banana and vanilla until incorporated. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until uniformly combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs attached. Let cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

To make the frosting:

  • In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat well. Spread evenly over cooled bars.

Notes

How to ripen bananas:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. 
  2. Arrange unpeeled bananas on prepared baking sheet. Bake until banana skins are completely black all over, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Cool. Scoop banana pulp from peel and mash.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal