By Lavender Lynn on December 28, 2007
Photo by ~Leslie~
Photo by ~Leslie~
"This is a good way to use up those ripe bananas. Recipe from Betty Crocker."
Serving Size: 1 (47 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 24
"Me and My mom loved it. I love both version...I love the original recipe and my low fat version also :) I decided to play with the recipe a little bit, I made it low fat.
I used 1/4 cup sugar, 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil 4 Tablespoon applesauce, 1 egg and everything else the same. I baked it in 8inch square pan. It was very moist and yummy. It tasted just like banana bread! I left out the frosting too :)
Thanks Lavender Lynn for the great recipe!"
"Excellent! Even my DH who claimed he didn't like banana baking loved this. I had to make him say he liked banana baking before he had a 3rd piece. I think next time I make it I'll use an 8in square pan that way the bars are a little thicker. For the icing I only used 1 cup of icing sugar instead of 2 and it was still quite sweet but spreadable. *UPDATE* I doubled the recipe in a 9x13in pan to make more of a cake instead of a bar and it turned out great! Baked for 55 mins"
"Oh Lynn, these bars are truly fab! We ate a bunch even before I got to frost them. Truly, you can eat these without the frosting.....even though I did frost the uneaten bars. I loved the way the bars rose uniformly. Perfect. Scrumptious. My favorite banana dessert recipe thus far!"
"I decided to lighten this recipe a bit. I doubled the batch and baked it in a jelly roll pan for 30 minutes. I used 1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. oil and added 1/2 cup applesauce to replace the other half of the oil. I made the frosting as printed and spread thinly on the bars when cooled. They turned out wonderful. Not so sweet and with less fat. If you want to reduce the fat more, use 2 egg whites in place of each whole egg."
"WOW, WOW, WOW!! What a great recipe! I used this on a catering platter and got rave reviews from all. This recipe doubles, triples and even quadruples nicely, which works great for serving a crowd. It yeilds a dense, flavourful square that has the consistency of a brownie. Very simple to make, which also scores high points with me. This will be on my regular catering rotation, which speaks volumes of how much we loved this recipe. Thanks Lynn! Made for Aussie Swap :)"
"I love this... I usually don't have more than 2 bananas that get over ripe and this recipe is perfect and does not take that long to bake like the banana breads do... Also very yummy"
"sally got this recipe from billie oakey in 1-27-87 hers didnt have frosting but did have 1/2 cup nuts thanks for posting"
"Loved this recipe!V ery moist and had great flavor. I really liked the frosting, I used less powdered sugar than called for (about 1 1/2 cups). Thanks for sharing!"
"These are very good and flavorful banana bars. I made exactly as stated. I really like the frosting with this recipe. Very good and the cream cheese flavor is not too overwhelming. I did chill the bars, but I like the taste of them at room temperature. Thanks for sharing."
"Very moist, delicious flavor. I used flax as an egg replacer and my bars were very thin, but the flavor was just excellent. They're very sweet, could probably cut the sugar by 1/4 cup. I will double the recipe when I make these again."
"Very good! A nice change from banana bread and the bar concept makes them perfect for serving at a party. I made them to serve at a brunch for dessert yesterday. I thought they were very good and they were VERY moist (I find that oil is key in these baking recipes). I made the recipe as written, although I only used 1 cup of sugar in the frosting (as I found it plenty sweet). Next time I will add chopped walnuts to the bars. Thanks!"
"Made these to take to a BB game! Everyone of them sold! Thanks for the great recipe. I doubled it for a jellyroll sized pan. I also followed the advice on the powdered sugar frosting, cutting that back to taste. Thanks !"
"What wonderful bars/cakes. I did what a couple other did -- I doubled the batter part of the recipe, but kept the frosting the same. I had about 8 bananas that were on the brink of going in the garbage -- so wanted to use them all. I added a teaspoon of nutmeg, a cup of finely chopped walnuts and about a cup of chopped dates. It turned out sooo good. I think the ripper the bananas, the better the bars are. I also did not use 2 cups of the powdered sugar -- maybe just a tad over 1 1/2 cups. I also used Splenda for the sugar in the batter and it worked great. I will never throw away overly ripe bananas again!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe."
"so I made this recipe and the best thing I did was add a little bit of banana to the cream cheese mixer. Banana flavored Cream cheese icing. I also added a little more banana and the cream cheese I used was completely fat free. Not that I was making it fat free, its just that cream cheese is nasty alone and I used the whole 8 ounces... I love this recipe even if I am 3 years late!!!"
"Wow! This is a really delicious recipe and a breeze to make. I'm a little scared to be left home alone with these. DH was in heaven and commented that this was the best banana cake he has ever had, I have made several.. I did use two bananas, but they were really large, so I think it may have been more than a cup. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe, I know it will be making it regularly."
"This is an awesome banana bar! Like other reviewers, I substituted applesauce for some of the butter, used half white sugar and half raw. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9x13 pan for about 35 minutes. Since the size was the same, we didn't double the icing recipe, and even reduced the powdered sugar to about a cup. It was more than enough to cover the bars, it was very spreadable and GOOD!!! Thanks, Lavender Lynn, for another great recipe!"
"I really like banana cake and these are WAY better! I haven't even frosted them yet, and they are delicious. I'm sure the cream cheese frosting will put them completely over the top! I thought the thickness was just perfect. They are after all, a bar cookie, and not a cake. If you want a banana cake, then find a recipe for it. I have baked about 100 banana bread recipes that really don't do anything for me. I'm giving up on bread, who needs it with these little gems? Lavender Lynn, thank you for sharing the recipe!"
"Love banana bars, and these do not disappoint. Made for PRMR."
"These were really good and easy to make. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the icing."
"I made these exactly as the recipe stated but after reading the reviews I think I should have doubled the bar recipe. My family and I found the frosting to be very sweet which over powered the taste of the bars. When put together we tasted very little of the bar and a whole lot of sweet."