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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20 thoughts on “a new favorite. [moist banana bread bars w. peanut butter frosting & Nutella drizzle]”

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

  2. 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.)

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

  4. 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. ;)

  5. 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!

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