Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Bars: Ingredients: – 2 to 3 ripe bananas, mashed – 2 teaspoons lemon juice – 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened – 1 cup granulated sugar – 2 large eggs – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. 2. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice and set aside. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract. 2. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

1. Fold in the banana mixture until evenly combined. 2. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

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1. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 2. Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Ingredients: – 8 oz (225g) cream cheese, softened – 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened – 4 cups (480g) powdered sugar – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. 2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

1. Mix in the vanilla extract until the frosting is smooth and well combined. 2. Once the banana bars are completely cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top. 3. Cut into squares or bars and enjoy!

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