Banana Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting

This week I stumbled across this recipe on my favorite food blog, CookingClassy.com, and decided I had to try it. Considering I had two left over bananas that were just a bit too ripe for my taste I knew it was just meant to be that I let them ripen even more for the next few days for this recipe.
Turns out that it ended up being extremely delicious. It is sort of like a great banana bread with sweet cinnamon frosting. I admit, I could have used some even riper bananas but that was what I had and it was still quite strong with banana flavor. Also, I substituted all of the vegetable oil for apple sauce (in addition to the 2 tablespoons it calls for) and baked it in a 9×9 pan for about 5 minutes longer as the recipe calls for with the different size pan.
Also, I would just like to take this time to point out the pure perfection that is the new Disney porcelain measuring cups my mom surprised me with for Christmas. They have measurements inside of them listing ‘1/4 cup love’, ‘1/3 cup character’, ‘1/2 cup sugar’, and ‘1 cup magic’.

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Banana Bars

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp applesauce (or 2 additional Tbsp vegetable oil)
1 egg
1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except frosting and pecans) in a large mixing bowl, mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a buttered 13×9* baking dish and spread evenly into pan. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour (I’d recommend covering with saran wrap after cooling 20 minutes to help retain moisture). To make cream cheese frosting, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix until smooth and fluffy 1-2 minutes. Frost with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle optional chopped nuts evenly over top. Cut into bars.

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