Fruity Banana Bars

    1 hour 10 min

    A great cake bar, which is perfect to snack on. Chopped pineapple, bananas and cherries are baked together in a lightly spiced cake, then iced and cut into bars.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 (227g) tin pineapple, with juice, finely chopped in a food processor
    • 2 eggs
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 60g glace cherries, halved
    • 50g butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 350g icing sugar
    • 4 tablespoons milk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the centre and pour in the chopped pineapple, eggs, oil, bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cherries. Mix well and pour into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Ice cake while still warm.
    4. To make the icing: Combine melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and icing sugar. Beat in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.

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    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!  -  03 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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!  -  25 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  22 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)