Monday, February 4, 2013

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Allergy friendly cooking requires trial and error.  This recipe took several tries but by George, I think I've got it!  And no one will ever know there is no wheat and no eggs.

These bars remind me of church potlucks growing up.  A friend told me they reminded him of the Hostess' Banana Flips, he loved as a kid.  Unless you L-O-V-E frosting, spread only about 2/3 of the frosting over the cooled bars.  I used all of the frosting to spread over the bars and the frosting got a little too thick for me.   I am not a big frosting girl.

Banana Bars

1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1/3 c coconut oil, melt before measuring
1 t vanilla
3 ripe bananas, mashed

2 c Natalies's Gluten Free Flour Mix
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t baking powder
pinch of salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
2.  In a large mixing bowl combine butter, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and bananas.  Mix well on medium speed.
3.  In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Then add to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients.  Mix together thoroughly.
4.  Pour into 9 x 13 pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly brown and toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely on wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 c butter, softened
8 oz light cream cheese, softened
4 c powdered sugar
2 t vanilla

1.  Combine butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl.  Mix on high until smooth, about1 minute.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, mix another minute or until combined and smooth.
2.  Spread on completely cooled banana bars.  Store in the refrigerator.



Shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays & Gluten Free Fridays.




6 comments:

  1. Oh, these look delish! I love banana muffins, but never tried making bars before. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to have some!
    -Dana

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    1. Your welcome Dana, I hope your whole family loves them! My favorite is when they are a little chilled, right out of the fridge. They are hard to resist.

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  2. I just made these and WOW! They are delicious!

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  3. Swoon!!!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Can't wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  4. These looked so good just had to try them! I had a bunch of way over ripe bananas sitting on my counter and needed to make something. Mine turned out more like banana cake! Not enough bananas or something I guess but I'm surprised at how fluffy it was (yes "was".. we ate it all already!) without eggs. My husband, who isn't GF, loved it too. I made it with a little less butter and part coconut oil (I only had a little left) and the rest canola oil. Next time, I'll add an extra banana and use more butter and cook it less so it'll be more moist. I really wanted a "bar" that was thick and moist and not so fluffy... but we loved it anyway!

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