Banana Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting


You know, when you see a 'good deal' at the grocery store, you are tempted to stock up on it. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes, not so much. In my case, I am sure it was a good thing for Aaron :) I sent him to the store to get some milk and eggs. If you know Aaron, you will know that no matter what I send him to the store for, he will inevitably return with half a fruit orchard. Said fruit is consumed, or rather, inhaled, at an astonishing pace by Aaron. This leads to the purchase of more fruit. 

Okay, so. Aaron sees a 'good deal' for bananas at 33 cents a pound. Great deal, if you ask me. But I am not so sure it was the best idea to buy several pounds of these bananas just because it was a good deal. Even at his consumption rate, we ended up with a huge pile of bananas that went ripe really fast and my whole house smelled of overripe bananas. I had to do something!  Although, this recipe only called for 4 ripe bananas, I felt I was making some headway in reducing the pile a little bit. That being said, this was easy to make and the banana bars were delicious! 

Here's the recipe. Enjoy! 


Ingredients:
  • 4 mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Mash the bananas and then mix in the sugar, oil, and eggs.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Pour into the pan and bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. While the bars are cooling, make the frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
  • 5 oz cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Method:
  1. Cream the cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar (slowly).
  3. Spread on cooled bars.

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