Banana Bread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


For the bars:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe bananas (about 5 small), mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg, oil, applesauce, bananas and vanilla. 

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the banana mixture. Mix until combined.

Pour into the prepared baking sheet and bake for  30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool. 

Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.

Once the bars are fully cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

by The Savvy Kitchen