Banana Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings: 16
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp applesauce (or 2 additional Tbsp vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 recipe Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine all ingredients (except frosting and pecans) in a large mixing bowl, mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a buttered 13x9* baking dish and spread evenly into pan. 

  3. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour (I'd recommend covering with saran wrap after cooling 20 minutes to help retain moisture). 

  4. Frost with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle optional chopped nuts evenly over top. Cut into bars.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix until smooth and fluffy 1-2 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*A few people have commented below mentioning that these bars seem a bit thin. If you want a thicker, more cake like bar then either make 1.5 the recipe in a 13x9 pan, or do just 1 of the recipe in a 9x9 pan and bake a bit longer. I personally like the thinness (it makes them more bar-like) so I make them just as listed, but make them according to what you prefer.