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Use up Ripe Bananas with this Homemade Banana Bars Recipe

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I have a confession to make: I actually love having rotten bananas on hand! I even buy them. Large bags of bananas with spots on them cost 99 cents at my local grocery store and whenever I see them, I almost always buy one. I personally don’t like to eat bananas with spots on the peel because I’m weird and prefer most of my fruit to be slightly green. My kids like them though, and when they are too bad even for them, we make yummy baked goods from them.

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Use up Ripe Bananas with this Homemade Banana Bars Recipe

Dessert doesn’t usually happen at my house, but this year I am trying to make a dessert once a week. It gives my kids incentive to eat their dinner and it’s fun.

I made these banana bars last week and they were a huge hit. They were easy and I used up the last of the nasty bananas in my fridge instead of throwing them out. Score!

Yields 36

Homemade Banana Bars

Delicious and easy way to use up ripe bananas!

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar {I used a heaping 1 cup raw sugar}
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas {I used 1 1/2 cups}
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour {I used freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Powdered Sugar Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 TBS milk


  1. Banana Bars
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lighting grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powered, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.
  3. Beat in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until combined.
  4. Beat or stir in the flour.
  5. Stir in pecans.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.
  7. Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing {see below}. Cut into bars. Enjoy!
  9. Powered Sugar Icing
  10. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBS milk. Stir in additional milk, i tsp at a time until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Besides these banana bars, what’s your favorite way to use up bananas?

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. Janel Gradowski says

    I have frozen a bunch of ripe bananas. I should unthaw some and make these! I like making smoothies with frozen bananas, soy milk, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of agave syrup, if needed, but it is usually sweet enough just from the bananas.
  2. Cara Ivey says

    I too prefer my fruit a little on the green side. Unlike you I HATE bananas. I think they are foul. Something God put on this earth to see what if we were desperate enough to try eating one. Lol! Unfortunately my kids love them! I will be making this next week!! Looks GREAT, for my kids. Not for me...
  3. Jessica P. says

    @ Cara Ivey, have you ever tried baked goods with bananas in them though? My Mom really HATES bananas, I think she'd agree with your take on why they were put on this earth. The smell of ripe ones makes her nauseous! But she loves banana bread. Seems really weird to me, but maybe give it a try, if you haven't already.
    • Cara Ivey says

      I was able to eat things like banana bread when I was a kid. My hatred for the fruit must have grown since then because I will not touch the stuff now. I think it started as a texture thing, I would always gag trying to swallow a bite of banana. But I was able to chew it up just fine... Now it has graduated to a taste and texture thing. Same with avacados. I don't care wht you put in it, on it, next to it.... Not going to happen! I dislike very few foods but usually soft mushy slimy fruits are at the top of my list.
  4. Jo says

    when I first looked I thought it was layers,so glad I popped over here,this is a recipe after my heart,I love it!...I too love "very ripe" bananas and cook with them almost every week. I'll be tryn' this for sure,great that its printable,thanks again for sharing. ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

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