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Banana Split Bars Recipe
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Banana Split Bars

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"I got this recipe form my mother-in-law. Bananas, crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries are all baked into a cake. A light, buttery frosting is applied, and the cake is cut into bars for snacking."

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

    30 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and pour in the crushed pineapple, eggs, oil, bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cherries. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Frost cake while still warm.
  4. To make the frosting: in a medium bowl, combine melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 22, 2003

I tried making this recipe in cupcake form instead, and it turned out great! Just grease and flour the muffin tins, and only bake it for 15 min. at the same temp. It makes 24 cupcakes, but make sure you ice them once they've cooled, or else they get REALLY messy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 28, 2006

The recipe took longer to cook about 45-50 min & was not good! Too sweet & doughy. Very disappointed.


12 Ratings

Sep 22, 2011

MMMmmmm!!! These were the most delicious banana bars! I followed the directions and ingredients for the batter to a "T". The bars rose up a bit while baking and smelled like "bananas" in my house. They were done in 35 minutes. The bars had a light brown color with flecks of maraschino cherries baked in. I set the bars aside to cool while I made the frosting. Instead of vanilla extract I replaced it with banana extract for more banana flavor. I added the confectioner's sugar, to taste, and the milk, to desired consistency. After I frosted the bars I sprinkled some finely chopped walnuts. The bars were moist, flavorful and just banana-y good! The bars look and taste more like a light and airy banana cake (not bread). The banana flavor is pronounced in the bars complemented by the sweet maraschino cherries. I couldn't taste the pineapples and forgot it was even in there. The frosting is light, buttery with a banana-y flavor. It is sweet without it being overly sweet. I found the directions, baking time and servings all spot on! I think the next time I bake these I will add a little more cherries. This was an absolute joy to bake and eat.

Mar 30, 2011

These are incredible banana bars. I took these to the teachers' lounge at school and had several requests for the recipe. They are very moist, and all of the flavors work so well together. I topped my piece (I always try to sneak one piece) with hot fudge sauce, and it was wonderful. One of the best banana recipes I've tried!

Oct 29, 2009

These are terrific! I only made the cake and we ate it without frosting and they didn't need it. I did double the cherries and next time i'm going to add 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Oct 22, 2009

Pretty good. I added 1 cup of chocolate chips. I couldn't taste the pineapple that much and I wish I had doubled the cherries. I like the frosting and enjoyed these bars in general.

Jul 22, 2009

Was good, would maybe use a different frosting next time though!

Jan 22, 2012

Sooo Good!!! Had to use a cup of fresh pineapple no juice..didn't need it. Next time I'll use more cherries. Made with cream cheese frosting. Thank you for this recipe!!


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  • Calories
  • 428 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 73.2 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 14.2 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

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

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