CATHY'S BANANA BARS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

 

  • Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Servings: a lot
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Backstory

If you like Banana Bread...you're going to absolutely LOVE Banana Bars. Light, fluffy...and yes, very moist! Very much like the consistency of cake.

I saw this recipe posted on a very dear friends blog. Her name is Cathy and she is the awesome publisher of The Dutch Baker's Daughter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt. Use what you prefer...even low fat as Cathy used)
  • 1/2 sour cream (Cathy used light sour cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350' F. Grease a 15" x 10" jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, yogurt, sour cream and vanilla. Combine well.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
  • Gradually beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until all mixed together. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • Spread into your prepared pan and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until a toothpick, inserted in the middle-ish area comes out clean and your cake is a pretty yellowish golden color
  • While your cake is cooling (ya I know...they're suppose to bars but honestly...its super moist like a cake), make your cream cheese frosting by beating the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar together until you have the right consistency that makes you happy.
  • Once the cake is cooled, spread on the frosting.

Categories: Bar  Cake  Fruit 

Author Credit: Cathy from The Dutch Bakers Daughter

Website Credit: http://peacefulcooking.blogspot.com/2012/06/banana-bars-with-cream-cheese-frosting.html

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