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Banana Bars with Orange Frosting

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

20 servings

I've been making these banana bars with orange frosting for years. They're always a hit at family get-togethers and parties. The secret to tasty banana desserts is the ripeness of the bananas. The riper, the better. —Mary Sturgis, Hingham, Massachusetts
Banana Bars with Orange Frosting Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ORANGE BUTTER FROSTING:
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the bananas, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in orange juice and zest until smooth; spread evenly over cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 374 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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