Banana Bars Recipe

These Banana Bars are a new family favorite and go to. They taste so good, and are so easy to make. They are like brownies, but made with a slight hint of banana, instead of chocolate. You will love them.

I am usually a brownie lover, but after trying these banana bars I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Not only do they taste amazing, but they are so easy and quick to make.
They aren’t as rich as brownies, but just as satisfying, if not more. They only require a few simple ingredients, and they are my new favorite way to put ripe bananas to use.
If you have never tried any type of banana bar, this is the recipe I recommend trying out first. You will never make another banana bread recipe in your life again, because this is just too good.

does it matter if my bananas are ripe or not?

For this recipe, we do highly recommend that you use ripe bananas. They will work better, and the cake will be a little sweeter.

Ripe bananas have more time to create that delicious fruit sugar we all love. They will taste a lot sweeter when paired with butter and flour, than unripe bananas.

For this recipe, we recommend using bananas that have gone brown, or are more than 50% brown.

The bread will be a little bit more dense like a brownie, and less like a cake texture. The cake texture comes when your bananas are still a little too fresh.

how could i make this recipe, a little more healthy?

Even though this has bananas in it, it’s not exactly the most healthy dessert. If you are looking for a healthier and more simple version of the recipe, here is what we recommend;

  • Replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt
  • Replace the flour with whole wheat flour
  • Use 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups sugar

It’s quick, simple, and delicious, even with just a few of these changes.

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Serves: 20

Banana Bars Recipe

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine sugar, sour cream (or yogurt), butter, and eggs. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla. Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Spread into a greased 10x15x1 (regular sized cookie sheet) and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until light brown. After it has cooled, whisk butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together for the glazed topping and spread over top.



109 cal


25 g


2 g
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 This Recipe is Adapted from:  320* Sycamore

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14 Responses to “Banana Bars Recipe”

  1. Mary Ellen
    Yum! We love ours with cream cheese icing on top. I've done banana bars for over 10 years and substituted out different flours and applesauce instead of butter or oil with good results!
  2. Heather
    I had some very ripe bananas in need of a recipe, and I came across yours! I used less sugar (1 cup instead of 1.5), plain non-fat Greek yogurt, and whole wheat flour. I also skipped the glaze and these bars came out great! Thanks!
  3. The first time I made these they turned out looking and tasting exactly like banana bread (I made in a 9x13 casserole dish) but light in texture like cake. They were amazing. The 2nd and 3rd time I made these they turned out looking and tasting like cake, banana flavoured. I don't know what happened, I'm doing everything the same, but I enjoyed more the first time. Still a great recipe, I just wish I knew how to get it looking/tasting like light airy banana bread again.
  4. Hannah
    This recipe is amazing! I’m sure it is perfect as written, but seeing as I didn’t have sour cream in my fridge, I substituted 4 Tbs buttermilk powder and 1/2 c water, and these were a hit, I tell you! Holy smokes! I can’t wait to share these with everyone!

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