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Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

posted by Melissa Howell on April 3, 2017

Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Fluffy, Delicious Banana Bars Loaded with Walnuts and Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting with a Hint of Cinnamon!

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Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. The perfect way to use up ripe bananas, and so easy to make!

If there’s one thing we can be sure of in life, it’s that our bananas will turn brown. They’ll turn brown and we’ll have to figure out something to do with them so we don’t feel wasteful. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thrown brown bananas in the trash and felt guilty about it.


Well, I’m all about banishing guilt, which is why I’m sharing this recipe for Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting with you today.

Although the recipe doesn’t specify which kind of nuts to use, I always use walnuts. I love walnuts in banana bread, and I think they are best nuts for these bars, too. You can leave the nuts out, of course. As you see from the pictures, I just put the nuts on top because my kids don’t like them.

Making these could not be easier, especially since the recipe uses oil rather than butter. You don’t have to soften the butter or cream it with the sugar or anything. You just mix oil, sugar, bananas and eggs. Then stir in all the dry ingredients followed by the nuts. That’s it!

Spread the batter in a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely and voila! You’re done!

Wait. No you’re not. There’s one more thing you need. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!

Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. The perfect way to use up ripe bananas, and so easy to make!

This frosting is kind of necessary for these bars. I’m sorry, but they’re naked without it. All you need is some cream cheese, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Just make sure your cream cheese and butter are soft, then beat them with the vanilla in a medium bowl on low speed until everything is smooth. Then slowly add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, making sure to mix on low (unless you want the sugar be blown out of the bowl and fly all over your face!)

Now that you have this lovely, fluffy, oh-so-delicious frosting prepared, spread it atop your Banana Nut Bars and eat!

Refrigerate any leftovers. If there are any leftovers 🙂

This recipe adapted from Banana Nut Bars in Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Cookie Book.

Banana Nut Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. The perfect way to use up ripe bananas, and so easy to make!

Banana Nut Bars

Preparation 0:00 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00


For the Bars

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. For the Bars

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease or spray a 9x13 pan.
  4. Beat sugar, mashed bananas, oil, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of flour along with the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  6. Add the other 1/2 cup of flour and mix until well blended.
  7. Add the walnuts and mix.
  8. Pour batter into greased pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  12. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl on low speed. Gradually add the cinnamon and powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.
  13. Spread on top of cooled bars.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 4398kcal Calories from fat 1912
% Daily Value
Total Fat 212g 326%
Saturated Fat 67g 335%
Transfat 3g
Cholesterol 576mg 192%
Sodium 2029mg 85%
Carbohydrate 603g 201%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 468g
Protein 41g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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  • Jean Reiner

    Hi–I just got your recipe for banana nut bars with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and thought I would try them since I had some ripe bananas. I got everything ready and began to mix it and realized it said to mix in the eggs and vanilla, but they are not listed in the ingredients list. I took a guess and used 2 eggs and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Could you let me know is that is right or what the right amount is. Thank you. Jean

    • Melissa Howell

      So sorry about that! Yes, you were right. There were two eggs. I have updated the recipe to include them. The vanilla is actually for the frosting, but I’m sure it tasted great in the bars, too 🙂

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