Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Incredibly moist and delicious banana bars topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting that’s certain to brighten anyone’s day. These banana bars are incredible…of course it is hard to go wrong when something is topped with a thick layer of creamy cream cheese frosting. Especially when that something is a moist and flavor packed banana bar. These bars get an extra boost of banana flavor by adding a splash of banana extract. Make sure you use really ripe banana in this dessert to get the best flavor. You know, those bananas that you are embarrassed to have out on your kitchen counter so you hide them in your pantry only to find them a week later? Yeah those bananas. The bananas that are so spotted and black you wonder if you should just throw them away? That’s them! 😉

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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For the Banana Bars:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream, vanilla, and banana extract. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the mashed banana. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake 22-25 minutes. or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To make the cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled banana bars.

Yields: 24 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes

Source: adapted from

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13 Responses to Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. I always have ripe bananas to use up so this recipe will come in super handy. And I’m just loving that cream cheese frosting!

  2. Texaslifemilitarywife says:

    this looks absolutely delicious. I am certainly going to try it this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Caroline says:

    The cake looks so moist and delicious…and then you go and top it off with cream cheese frosting. Bad bad Christina, ha! Crossing my fingers for our Buckeyes tomorrow…big game!!!

  4. Ooh yes please – they look so moist and I love that frosting!

  5. Villy says:

    Ever since I was in my mother’s belly I don’t eat bananas. Strangely, though, I really like it when it takes other forms (cake etc). This looks really delicious and the cream cheese frosting is sealing the deal!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    If I make this cake, it will be gone by nightfall — and I live alone. OK … When I make this cake …

  7. The bars look so moist and delicious. I make a banana cake in a similar manner but add walnuts to it. Love your presentation .

  8. Amy says:

    Yum! This is a great alternative to banana bread for when my bananas are overripe. Can’t wait to try them!

  9. Lacydi says:

    I always freeze my over ripe bananas in their skin in zip-lock bags now, I got tired of loosing them and this recipe sounds great,

  10. sandy says:

    Made these yesterday and they are “wonderful”. Very moist and the frosting just sets them apart. This is definitely a “keeper”

  11. Jan says:

    I made this recipe today, and the taste is right on!!!! Very moist!! Tastes like grandma’s banana bread. The only thing that I would change is the amount of time it took to bake. The recipe says 22-25 minutes, it took mine about 40 minutes. Just a heads up if your pressed for time!

  12. Kate says:

    I love anything with banana and with cream cheese frosting! yummm… this looks amazing!! 🙂

  13. Sylvia says:

    wonderful bars, I did not have banana extract, will get some, neighbors loved them, will make
    these often. Thanks for this recipe.

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