Sour Cream Banana Bars

  • Yield: 2 dozens

"This Sour Cream Banana Bar recipe was given to me by a friend years ago, and I have made these moist bars many times. They are especially good chilled."


1 1/2cups granulated sugar
1cup sour cream
1/2cup margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2cups mashed bananas (about 3 large bananas)
2teaspoons vanilla extract
2cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon baking soda
1/2cup chopped walnuts
1/4cup margarine
2cups confectioners' sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
3tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 15 x 10-inch baking dish. Cream together the granulated sugar, sour cream, and margarine. Mix in the eggs one at a time on low speed. Beat in the bananas and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Stir in the nuts. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the center is done. Set aside to cool.
  2. To prepare the frosting, lightly brown the margarine in a saucepan, stirring to prevent burning. When lightly browned, remove from the heat. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk. Pour over the bars.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen:Keep overripe bananas on hand in your freezer. Pull them out to thaw when the mood strikes to make these delicious bars.

Recipe by Patricia Dickerson, Sutherland, Neb.