Banana Bars

    35 mins

    Wonderful, soft banana bars with banana frosting. Yum, yum!

    188 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 100 g shortening
    • 200 g white sugar
    • 120 ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 190 g all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 60 g chopped walnuts
    • For the glaze
    • 30 g butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 240 g confectioners' sugar
    • 1/2 ripe banana
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth. Stir in the milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in 1 banana, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
    3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let bars cool in the pan on a wire rack.
    4. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, confectioners' sugar, 1/2 banana, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice using an electric mixer. Beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars and then cut into squares.

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    I've gone through a kazillion banana recipes (16 from allrecipes alone) and these were fine, but I recommend others more. Especially since shortening is very unhealthy - if these tasted great, I wouldn't care, but I try to make sure the taste is worth the health effects! Used 1/3 cup b.s. and 2/3 white; 2 bananas; did not make frosting, just sprinkled hot chocolate mix over top, which was good. If you want thick bars, use a 9x9 pan - this goes fairly thin in a 9x13. But, I suggest you make Mocha Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, Banana Cake VI (a real winner), or Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies from this site instead.  -  14 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Good basic idea for a recipe. Having to change it this much means it is basically a different recipe entirely which is why I gave this particular version 2 stars, the new and improved version would definitely be a 5. I used 3 small bananas in the bars, I added an egg, I cut back to sugar to 2/3 of a cup, no salt, no lemon juice, no walnuts although they would be nice, my preference is pecans which would also be good. They baked at 350 for 20 minutes. The frosting IMO is too much, just too sweet and not really necessary with the great banana taste of the bars themselves. So I frosted first, then scraped most of it off, leaving a very thin almost glaze like covering, which is how they will be made next time.  -  17 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am sure that this is very good in its original state but I used the suggestions of other reviewers & my own. I used butter instead of shortening & only 1/4 cup. I used only brown sugar & cut it to 2/3 of a cup, I used 3 bananas & I added one egg. I also didn't bother frosting it. The bars came out great, I suspect they are fluffier than the original recipe with the help of the egg. I will definately make them again & again! Thanks for the inspiration!  -  30 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)