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.