Chewy Banana Bars

baked banana uncut barsLiving in Kentucky the markets are flooded a few times a year with bananas. My husband seems to go crazy and buys up half the store when he goes shopping alone. I have bananas coming out my ears. There are only so many bananas that you can eat before you just cant eat another one. Furthermore, during the summer the bananas get ripe, so quickly, I have no idea what to do. I've made banana fudge, banana jam, banana cakes, banana bread, frozen bananas and banana cookies.


It is wonderful to make cookies if it is in the middle of winter and not summer. The heat from outside and the oven blasting makes you feel like you're living in a sweat house instead of your home. I made up a batch of banana cookie dough, and didn't feel like standing in front of the oven for hours to make the cookies. So instead I made these delicious banana bars.

Prep Time: 30-40 Minutes

Cook Time: 35-45 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

Yield: 16 Bars




  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Peel your over ripe bananas and put them in a mixing bowl.
  2. bananas in bowl

  3. Use your potato masher to mash the bananas. You don't need to cream them; you want to leave a few chunks in them for flavor.
  4. smashing bananas in bowl
  5. In your mixing bowl add the bananas, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Cream together until smooth.
  6. adding butter to batter
  7. Add your dry ingredients. Mix well until you've incorporated all the ingredients into the creamed banana mixture.
  8. adding dry ingredients to batter
  9. Take a round cake pan and grease the sides and bottom of the pan. You can use a square if you dont want to use the round pan. This makes the bars square and not like slices of a cake.
  10. greasing baking pan

  11. Flour the pan on the bottom and the side.
  12. flouring baking pan
  13. Pour the batter in the pan and put this in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the center of the batter is cooked. You can test the center with a toothpick. Once it comes out clean without any batter on the toothpick the bars are finished.
  14. batter in pan ready to bake

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
July 29, 20180 found this helpful

I LOVE banana recipes. What's the consistency of these when they're done? Are they chewy? Gooey? Cakey? Would love to know. Thanks for sharing!

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
July 29, 20180 found this helpful

Obviously chewy because they're called Chewy ;) but are they similar to lemon bars and the such?

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July 30, 20180 found this helpful

What a great recipe. I live in the tropic and we have tons of bananas all the time. This is an excellent way to use up the overripe bananas and I'm sure the kids would love this.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

wold love your recipie for banana jam. please send to barb at thank you

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July 14, 20210 found this helpful

Another thing to do with extra bananas is to mash them, and put measured amounts for recipes you make often in freezer bags. They will darken, but since they will be mixed into a batter/dough, it won't show.


These will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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