Sunday, January 25, 2009

Frosted Banana Bars

This is another recipe my mom has become famous for. These bars are made for gatherings and potlucks and never last long. And, as an added bonus, the ingredients are staples in most kitchens so you won't need to run to the store to gather ingredients before making them.


1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk*
1 tsp lemon juice*
1/2 chopped nuts (optional)
1 1/2 very ripe, medium sized bananas; sliced (the other half of the second banana will be used in the frosting, posted below)

*(1/3 cup sour milk may be substituted for these two ingredients)


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Spread into a greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.

Cool and frost with banana frosting; recipe as follows. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Banana Frosting:


2 tbsp butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 medium ripe banana, sliced


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. If necessary, thin with a few drops of milk, or thicken with a bit more powdered sugar.


Anonymous said...

Just checking to make sure it is 11/2med. bananas or 11/2 cups of bananas in the main recipes. Sound yummy and would like to make for coofee hour at churc next week. Thanks

Michele said...

Yes! It's only one and a half bananas in the bars (and the other half of the second banana is for the frosting). It doesn't take quite as much as banana breads take! I hope you like them-- the tray I made a few hours ago is already more than half gone! :)