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Banana Bars

Rated as 4.37 out of 5 Stars
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"Wonderful, soft banana bars with banana frosting. Yum, yum!"
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Ingredients

45 m servings 172
Original recipe yields 24 servings (1 - 9x13 inch pan)

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 172 calories; 7 26.6 1.4 3 132 Full nutrition

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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...

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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, ...

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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, ...

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 wo...

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...

These are wonderful, they lasted about 10 minutes at work. A little tip, bake until the center springs back when touched, the toothpick will come out clean before they are really done. I think t...

These are delicious! I was a little skeptical at first seeing some 2-3 star reviews, but after tasting I rushed to my pc to write the review! What I did: DOUBLED THE RECIPE (otherwise bars are t...

These are a big hit at my son's daycare! I add more banana to the recipe-at least 2 to 2 1/2 ripe bananas. The first time I used the icing I put it on with a pastry brush. After that I started ...

I had some very ripe bananas, and didn't know what to do with them... this was the best banana recipe I have found to date! It is now, of course my favorite! The only problem--- making enough!

I was looking for a ripened banana recipe when I came across this. I did not want to make a bread. I altered the recipe in the following manner. I had 1% milk only so I added about 3 tablesp...

This recipe was a hit with my family! I just baked them this afternoon and we've all had two pieces already. I substituted whole wheat flour for the white, Splenda for the sugar and cut it by ha...