•3 tablespoons butter, softened
•1-1/2 cups sugar
•1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
•1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
•1/3 cup butter, softened
•3 cups confectioners' sugar
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2
minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in the bananas, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour,
baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture just until blended.
•Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking
spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire
•For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until
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fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Frost bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutrition Facts: 1 bar equals 149 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
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