Thursday, February 4, 2010

Banana Bars with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

This great recipe that comes from my sister. I've adapted it a little bit over the years and swapped out the old frosting with my ALL-TIME favorite cream cheese frosting, and they are truly a treat. I love them because they only call for simple ingredients that I usually have on hand, but they can look cute enough to be served at a baby shower or party (especially if you pipe the frosting on in a swirl like cupcakes!). Plus, one batch makes a TON, so there's always more than enough to share with neighbors and friends.

Banana Bars
-Adapted from Erin L.-

1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (or you can add another banana-- But I prefer the applesauce)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Frost with "Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting" when cool.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
-Alyssa Griffeth-

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 c. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Set aside. In another medium bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread a generous layer of frosting over bars. Store in the fridge.

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1 comment:

  1. I love simple, delicious recipes! These look heavenly, especially with that frosting!