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These Banana Nut Bars are full of crushed walnuts and ripe bananas and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting for the perfect combination of flavors!

Banana Nut Bars with cream cheese frosting topped with crumbled walnuts on wood counter

Making these delicious Banana Nut Bars is so easy and uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. They are amazing! And the cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping for them.

This recipe will make you happy that you have over-ripe bananas that need to be used! We like to eat these as a breakfast treat or dessert. Everyone loves it!

Recipe Variations

It is easy to change up this recipe. You can add semisweet chocolate chips to the batter and another great addition to add would be raisins.

You can switch out the walnuts and use pecans instead or if you don't like nuts you can leave them out. And you can leave off the cream cheese frosting and just lightly dust the bars with confectioners’ sugar.

If you love banana recipes you will want to try this delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, these Streusel topped Cranberry Banana Muffins, and this refreshing No Bake Banana Split Dessert which is the perfect dessert for hot summer days.

Close up of Banana Nut Bar with others on plate in background

Baking Tips

When baking it's best to use room temperature ingredients. Soften the butter and cream cheese to room temperature before using to make it easier to achieve a smooth and creamy texture without lumps.

Make sure to use overripe bananas to get the most sweetness for baking. Look for bananas that have black/brown spots and feel soft.

When measuring the flour spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess with smooth edge of butter knife.

You can use pecans in place of walnuts if you prefer or a mixture of both would be delicious.

Banana Nut Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting and Crushed Walnuts In Pan

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for specific measurements and complete instructions.

  • granulated sugar
  • ripe bananas
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • crushed walnuts
Ingredients for Banana Nut Bars laid out on counter

Frosting Ingredients

  • cream cheese, softened
  • unsalted butter, softened
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar

How To Make Banana Nut Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees then prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

STEP 2: Add the sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in a large bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

STEP 3: Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until combined and then add in 1/2 cup of the walnuts.

STEP 4: Pour the batter in the prepared pan and spread out evenly.

STEP 5: Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large bowl cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla with hand mixer. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until a thick frosting forms.

Frosting the Banana Nut Bars

Spoon out the frosting in dollops all over the banana bars and then carefully spread it to the edges. Then top with the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts. Cut and enjoy!

How To Store: These bars will need to be covered and stored in the refrigerator since they have cream cheese frosting.

More Dessert Bar Recipes

If you are a fan of dessert bars, here are a few of my favorites to try!

Slice of Banana Nut Bar with cream cheese frosting sprinkled with crushed walnuts

Helpful Supplies and Tools

Here are a few items that I recommend and use in my kitchen that are helpful when baking. (Affiliate links).

I use this Wilton Non-Stick 9 x 13-Inch Baking Pan with Lid and this 3 Piece Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set. I really like these 100% Cotton Soft and Absorbent Dish Towels and they come in 10 different colors. I have them in yellow.

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Banana Nut Bars with cream cheese frosting topped with crumbled walnuts on wood counter

Banana Nut Bars

Author: Judy - RecipesSimple.com
These Banana Nut Bars are full of crushed walnuts and ripe bananas and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting for the perfect combination of flavors!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup crushed walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Add the sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in a large bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until combined and then add in 1/2 cup of the walnuts.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a large bowl cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until a thick frosting forms.
  • Spoon out the frosting in dollops all over the banana bars and then carefully spread it to the edges. Then top with the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.

Notes

How to Store: Cover and store in the refrigerator.
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