Banana Date Bars Recipe -
Banana Date Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Banana Date Bars

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"A scrumptious blend of banana, dates, almonds, lemon, and vanilla will tantalize your tastebuds and it's also very nutritious."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Gradually mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in bananas. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the sugar mixture. Finally, fold in dates and chopped almonds.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. While the bars are baking, You can make the lemon icing. In a small bowl, Mix together salt and confectioners sugar. Stir in soft butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  5. When bars are cool, spread the lemon icing over the top and cut into squares. Mmmm Mmmmm!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 30, 2009

WOW! I had overripe bananas and did not want to make bread or cookies. Found this one and it is already in the recipe book. I am eating my 4th piece now! I did make a few changes. I used extra light olive oil instead of butter. Reduced the sugar by 1/2cup and used 1/2 brown/white. I replaced the almonds with walnuts and added coconut. I did not ice it at all. Super yummy. I do think I will reduce the amount of sugar by another 1/2 cup next time. The dates make it plenty sweet. If I was to ice it for taking it to an event, I would definately reduce the sugar. Oh yes, I mashed the bananas. I used 3 very ripe ones.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 15, 2011

These were OK, but I probably won't make them again since there are so many way better recipes on this site. They lasted quite awhile and it's not something I would make for company.


26 Ratings

Jan 03, 2006

Wow, this tastes SO good. I love dates and bananas together and this is no exceptioin. I cut the sugar back by 1/4 cup, didn't add any almonds because I didn't have any on hand, and used dried dates as opposed to the softer, moist ones packaged in plastic (although I'll definitely try to use those next time I make this). The end result was a moist delicious cake-like dessert that is just awesome with the lemon glaze on top. I made this on a whim and out of boredom, but I'll definitely be making this again and again in the future.

Nov 04, 2003

This recipe was great! I had some dates to use up, so I decided to give it a try. My family loved them. They were moist and delicious, although my 4 year old thought the icing was too lemony, and made me scrape most of it off his pieces. I recommend it!

Nov 04, 2003

This was an interesting, yummy recipe! The cake is quite sweet, and the icing tart - exactly the opposite of what one might expect of a snacking-type cake. I made a few changes... the thought of big smushy banana chunks in my cake made me shiver - so I substituted the 2 c. sliced bananas for 1 c. mashed bananas - ahhhhh, much better... mild, banana flavour, no chunks, still a very moist cake! Also, I used half whole wheat and half white flour to give it even more of a "health kick". Thanks for an interesting recipe, Sandra!

Aug 05, 2008

This is a truly wonderful recipe. I did change the recipe a bit. Split suger between lt. brwn sugar and white sugar, used 5 ripe bananas - coursely chopped for some added texture and since I love spices - added 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of cinn. They can out so moist and the banana flavor is exceptional!!! Do try this recipe. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Jul 29, 2010

We enjoyed this combination of bananas, dates, and almonds. After reading other reviews, I decided to cut the sugar in half and that was about right. I think that the full amount of sugar + sweet dates + frosting = sugar overload. I mashed 2 bananas and sliced 2 more which I folded in at the end with the dates and almonds. If you think you might not frost these, make sure to tuck the banana slices down into the batter as they become discolored on the surface. I think this recipe is enhanced with the frosting. It is just the right amount to cover the top and add zip but not be that overly thick frosting that has become the rage lately.

Jul 04, 2005

Top quick recipe for making with a toddler. Cheers


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  • Calories
  • 213 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 117 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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