Simple Banana Nut Bars

These Banana Nut Bars bake up in half the time that it takes to make Banana Bread.  AND they're just as moist as if they were baked the day before.  This recipe fills a 13x9x2 inch pan, so be ready to run some of these over to your neighbors house after they're baked up.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Heat oven to 350F degrees.  Grease pan, 13x9x2 inches.

Mix sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in large bowl with a spoon.  Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in pecans.

Spread batter in pan.  Sprinkle the dark brown sugar over the top.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely. Cut into 6 row by 4 rows.  Then, try not to eat them all in one sitting.  I'll bet, you can't eat only one...teeheehee.

The original recipe offered a cream cheese frosting, but I didn't want the extra calories.  That's why I just lightly sprinkled the brown sugar over the top before baking.  It added a little extra sweetness without being distracting.

  • Donna

    I made these and they were so yummy it was ridiculous!!! I used walnuts instead of pecans and light brown sugar instead of dark. Had to substitute cause I made them on the spur of the moment. A big thumbs up for this recipe!!!

    • Thanks Donna! I’m glad you came back to tell me. I can totally imagine these with walnuts. Like you, I always seem to have pecans on hand more than any nut. The same for the dark brown sugar. I just prefer it and use it instead of light brown. Both are good. The original recipe called for light brown sugar, so you’re good.

  • I made these banana bars the other day and added about 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup pecan pieces. Ooo-Wee! GOOD!!!

    I made some other changes, too. I’ll show & tell you all about it soon.

  • Laura

    I made these again for the second time, they are so awesome. My husband loves them and puts cool whip on his. I will make these from now on instead of banana bread.

  • YEAAH Laura!

    These are so moist and delicious, more cake like in texture. It’s no wonder you baked them twice.

    Did you see the Simple Banana Coconut Bars recipe I wrote up last week?
    It’s almost the same recipe, but with coconut and extra spice. I had to bake that one twice in one week. The frosting isn’t absolutely necessary. There’s enough goodness going on from the sweet bananas, chewy coconut and pecans to keep everyone happy.

    And you know, even though banana bread isn’t any harder to bake, it does seem these bars are effortless to pull off.

  • Andrea

    D-E-Licious! My new comfort food!

    • Hi Andrea!
      Comfort food indeed and perfect with a hot cup of tea, a rainy day and a good book.

  • Tiffany

    Very good! I found I need to cook them for 35-40 minutes though. I also added a little vanilla to the mix. Thank you, my family loves them!!