Banana Bars
  • Cooking Time: 20 - 25 minutes
  • Servings: Approximately 12 -15
  • Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes
  • ½ cup soft butter (or shortening)
  • 1 cup granulated or brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Crumble Topping:
  • 3 Tablespoons soft butter,
  • ½ cup sugar,
  • 1/3 cup flour,
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
  • Maple Frosting:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  1. Beat together with mixer until thick: butter, brown sugar and eggs.
  2. Add mashed bananas and buttermilk and mix together for a few seconds.
  3. Add and mix in flour, soda and salt until well blended but do not over beat.
  4. (If you are in a hurry, you can put all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well blended but do not over beat.)
  5. Pour into greased and floured 13” x 9” cake pan.
  6. Mix together butter, sugar, flour and nutmeg and sprinkle over top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until slightly brown on top and tests done.
  8. For Maple frosting: Stir butter into hot water until melted then stir in powdered sugar and maple flavoring - mix by hand or with mixer until smooth and lumps are gone. This makes approximately 1 cup of frosting. If you need more, increase the butter and water to 1/4 cup each and add more powered sugar and a few drops more maple flavoring. This frosting goes good on maple bars, spice cake, applesauce cake, boiled raisin cake, etc.
This recipe has been a favorite of our whole family for many years. I found it in a Bar Cookie Recipe Book from the Occident Flour Company years ago. It is an easy way to use up those ripe bananas and is a hit with young and old alike. I also like to frost these bar cookies with maple frosting. If you double the recipe it is just right for a half sheet baking pan (with sides).