Banana Bars

I buy bananas every week, which means that I regularly have brown bananas. I love the idea of eating fresh bananas. We usually go through 4 or 5 that first day. My problem is once they are even the slightest bit over-ripe, they are far too mushy for they sit on the counter for a week, then I start to get a craving for banana bread. Subconsciously, that must be why I buy the bananas in the first place.

We took a break from the usual banana bread to try these little bars. The sour cream makes them so tasty. And cream cheese frosting...what doesn't taste better with a schmear of cream cheese frosting?

These delicious banana bars come from Lindsey of Cinnamon Syrup fame. I've tried many of her recipes...she has a knack for picking good ones.


1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
1 c sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 med ripe bananas (1 cup)

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c butter, soft
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c powdered sugar

Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Add sour cream and vanilla. Combine and add dry ingredients. Mash then stir in bananas. Bake at 350 for 20- 25 minutes in a jelly roll pan.
Let cool completely before frosting.


Becky at VintageMixer said...

I just happen to have a few ripe bananas sitting on my counter waiting to be made into something delicious such as this :)

Joanne said...

I'm super picky about my bananas. I basically like them almost green. I'm weird that way. My roommate and I have a plastic container in the freezer and into it the bananas go once they get brown. Then, when the container is full - it's banana bread time! Next I'm gonna make these bars though. Love cream cheese frosting.

Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

I always havae overripe bananas too! :) Another photo to make everyone drool over! :)

e.brooke said...

Once upon a time my sister made me a whole pan of these babies and that was a very good day.

Cookie Sleuth said...

I tried a banana cupcake recipe with sour cream for the first time a few weeks ago, and I really love how moist it makes everything. I save my brown banana for pudding and banana peanut butter smoothies! :)

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

Thank you for reminding me of this recipe. I had some cream cheese frosting begging for something to be slathered upon in the fridge. They are in the oven right now.

While I have a knack for choosing yummy things, the actual baking of them is touch and go.

Christy's said...

Just made this cake and it is so yummy. The icing is so good. I usually make muffins with my brown bananas, but I will be making this cake again forsure!

claire said...

I have tons of brown bananas and was just thinking about what to make with them!

great idea... love your blog and photography! any tips?

Megan said...

Thanks Christy.

My husband is my photographer. We are currently working on a blog post that will focus on food styling and photography tips.

Stay tuned!

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Mmmm, I love anything with banana, this looks great :)!