Posted By FarmerJ on September 15, 2011
More often than not, it seems there’s two bananas out of the bunch that end up being neglected on the counter top. They quietly sit in anticipation of being consumed, but it never happens. The longer they sit, the more they are neglected. Scoffed at, even, if their once vibrant yellow skins dare turn a darker shade of brown. You know those bananas, don’t you?
Well, a while back, I found a wonderful Banana Bars recipe on Betty Crocker’s website. As I tend to do with most recipes, I tweaked it. Just a little. The end result was delicious ~ and probably one of the culprits of my dieting now. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a few pounds…er…I mean the recipe with you. With fall right around the corner, this would undoubtedly make a great go-to treat, and a wonderful excuse to warm the house with the oven!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, with shortening. In large bowl, mix granulated sugar, bananas, oil, eggs and vanilla with spoon. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Spread in pan.
- Bake bars 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Gradually beat in powdered sugar with spoon, scraping bowl occasionally, until smooth and spreadable.
- Spread cooled bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. For bars, cut into 6 row by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 2 dozen bars.
If you feel like really monkeying around ~ add and stir in a cup of chocolate chips!
Pure sweetness, right here! ♥