a new favorite. [moist banana bread bars w. peanut butter frosting & Nutella drizzle]

July 30th, 2013 by | comments


Calling all peanut butter and banana lovers–I think I’ve found your new favorite dessert. These bars are moist and full of flavor, and the Nutella drizzle takes them to the next level. I know I’ll be making these again very soon.

Last weekend, my best friend’s brother (who happens to be my brother’s best friend), got married. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and one to remember. Congrats Ryan and Stephanie!

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1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 3/4 cups (3-4) ripe bananas, mashed

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 9×12-inch glass baking pan.

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy. Blend in mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and blend for 1 minute.

Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.

Make frosting (recipe below) then ice banana bars. Heat desired amount of Nutella in a small bowl, then drizzle on top of bars. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from The Welcome Mat.

Peanut butter frosting recipe:

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jif)

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup 2% milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Beat butter in a medium bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, the milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in remaining 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, beating after each addition until smooth.

Recipe from Betty Crocker.


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  • These look AWESOME!! As they sometimes say in New York City, “What’s not to like?” Pinning it – of course!

  • This looks AMAZING!

  • This is a perfect pb bar recipe, Caroline. I love the add of sour cream in the base. And the frosting…too good to miss in life!

  • egg me on

    Whoa, whoa, whoa … peanut butter, bananas AND Nutella! I don’t know which one I’m supposed to like more. What a truly amazing combination. That frosting looks wonderful. Excellent drizzling skills. (Congrats to your friends, too.)

  • Yum that sounds awesome. So many great things all in one!

  • You’re kidding, right? Peanut butter, banana, AND Nutella all in one bar? Bless you for finding and sharing this recipe. :)

  • Oh wow! I’m not sure if I should thank you or curse you. ;) I know I will love these to the point of stuffing myself. Guess what I’ll be making soon. We haven’t had a banana bread in a while either. ;)

  • Amy

    These look soooo moist and yummy!!!

  • WHATTT you are so sweet!? p.s. these look amazing!!

  • Yummy! I love banana bread, peanut butter, and Nutella all on their own, so combining all three of them is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing this :D

  • Anything with nutella featured in it, is my type of pastry lol. This looks so yummy.

  • Nutella and peanut butter are my two best friends so this looks incredible! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Gorgeous wedding, and amazing bars! Gosh they look good. I am craving nutella like a MADWOMAN right about now!

  • A new favorite indeed!
    Well done, old friend!

  • The nutella topping says it all

  • Janet Bain

    Recipe doesn’t sound correct for the PB frosting…too much butter. I checked your link to Betty Crocker and the original and they use 1 cup butter not 2 cups…but that still sounds like a lot…considering 1 cup of PB. Could you confirm your amounts for me? Thanks because the idea sounds amazing!

    • Hi Janet, thanks for catching that typo, my mistake! It should be one cup of butter.

  • i live in a country where sour cream is not available! can i substitute with cream cheese by any chance???

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  • Rachel Page

    These are so delicious they never last long! And very easy to make!