Cinnamon & Banana Greek Yogurt bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

“My soul is impatient with itself. Like some bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. I am two, and both keep their distance — Siamese twins that aren’t attached…”― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars

These banana bars are kind of like a cross between banana bread and banana pancakes… Thanks to one special ingredient, they have a firm texture which makes them airy and perfect for a quick breakfast. Meanwhile, the richness of the cream cheese topping also makes them perfect as a (semi-healthy) lunchbox or after dinner treat…

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

The clue was in the name… 😉

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

Greek yogurt is the greatest baking hack ever – it makes for moist cake which you can sink your teeth into and yet still feel great about doing so. Other recipes might call for sour cream – but with yogurt, the final product ends up less as a dessert than it does an all-round treat. The yogurt is only very subtle, yet still gives these bars a fresh ‘tang’ and some extra density without allowing the bars to become too sickly. These bars themselves also do not contain any butter (only the cream cheese frosting contains butter), a small amount of vegetable oil works wonders!

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

I only frosted half of the batch so that the other 50% could be served with yogurt and ‘frosted’ with peanut butter or Nutella for a healthy (ish) breakfast…<3

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients:

  • ½ C vegetable oil (or ¾ C butter)
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 C mashed banana (3 large)
  • 2 C white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C Greek style yogurt or sour cream.

For the frosting:

  • 1 x package of cream cheese (8 oz/226g)
  • ½ C salted butter
  • 3-4 C icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

My trivial problem of the week is this: I found an extremely lovely plain black A5 notebook that I bought a while ago (stationery is like, uh, my greatest weak spot after peanut butter and dessert). The pages are spacious and thin and they feel all loose and free…the cover is svelte and smooth. It’s nothing fancy, just a really humble notebook with those super small lines that make your handwriting turn all compact and cute as you write. And it’s killing me that I can’t think of anything to ruin do with it. The diary has already been allocated, and it’s not really to do list-y appropriate. So it’s currently my new desk ornament, sitting right up there with the pencil pot, study lamp, and the sharing bag of magic stars my bro thought would look good there too (thankyou, ily). Does anyone else have a special affection reserved for stationery? Is it a girly thing, or only me? Just curious 😉

I should also probably warn you that this batch will leave you with a helluva lot of banana bars. I cut mine quite small so there was about 20-24 of them. I hope you love banana because unless you have friends or huge brothers, your breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be sorted for a long while. They will keep in the fridge for just over a week.

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

IT’S THE WEEKEND AGAIN. What a busy week that was! I swear, the days and weeks nowadays pass as quickly as the minutes and hours did when I was a kid. Where is time?! With that said, I hope you all have something lovely to bake/make too!

Banana and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt bars with cream cheese frosting

Tash x

 

“I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

  • http://www.cearaskitchen.com Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen

    This banana cake sounds wonderful and like my kind of breakfast :) Your photos are just gorgeous by the way – you cut the cake so perfectly (haha, my slices are never perfectly even!!). And love that quote from Message in a bottle! Pinned onto my banana board!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      I’m sure they are! Come over, there is still plenty! Haha hm…the camera can’t see the stack of badly cut squares…But I’ll go with that anyway 😉 Thank you for the pin! <3

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Wow! These look amazing – you can see how moist they are. They look so good, they’re making my mouth water! Pinned!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks for the pin Kristi! <3 Yes, they are so moist! The banana is also very delicate, which makes perfect all round :) Loving the snickerdoodle ice cream over at yours!

  • http://sharedappetite.com Chris @ Shared Appetite

    These look beautiful! Love the trick of adding greek yogurt into baking… I don’t do it nearly enough, so thanks for the reminder!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Chris! I’m sure you know how good they are in pancakes too! :)

  • http://hellohealthyeating.com Cailee

    These look sooooo good!! Oh my word… and you can eat em for brekkie?!! I’m game!! All of your recipes look SO delicious! Great blog girly!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Cailee you are so sweet! <3 If you can't have cake for breakfast, then when? 😉 I love yours too!

  • http://theyoopergirl.com Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

    GIRL omg I need these in my life pronto. The frosting is calling my name…. wow. These look incredible!! I love using greek yogurt for baking – it adds such a moistness that makes you feel sinful!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Haha thanks Leigha! I always love your take on the sweet stuff I bake! Come on over there’s plenty left! <3

  • http://www.shelikesfood.com Isadora @ She Likes Food

    Everything about these sound amazing! I love the cross between banana bread and banana pancakes, it sounds perfect! And that cream cheese frosting is making me drool :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Hehe thanks Isadora! And yessss! It sounds really weird but trust me the reality of pancakes-cross banana bread is way better than it sounds! 😉 Suckers for cream cheese frosting we are! :)

  • http://evaetsandra.com Eva

    It looks so good! I think is a good idea to frosted a half and the other 50% do another thing :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Best of both worlds, Eva! 😉

  • http://www.tasteslovely.com Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These bars sound delicious! I can tell from the pictures they have a wonderfully moist center. Yum! Greek yogurt really is a great baking ingredient. These pictures are gorgeous!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Natalie that’s so kind! And they really do…I’m glad you could tell from the photo’s, I really wanted to highlight their moistness! Those pumpkin seeds are so creative :)

  • http://flavorthemoments.com/ marcie

    These bars are beautiful, and they look so incredibly moist! That creamy frosting is completely calling my name, too! :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      You’re so funny Marcie! I love Greek Yoghurt because of how moist it makes the final product :)

  • http://cookinglsl.com Mira

    I love baking with Greek yogurt! These look so thick and delicious! Great idea for the frosting! Wonderful pictures!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Mira! <3 It's so moistening and tangy!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com Kelly – Life Made Sweeter

    These bars look amazing Tash! Love baking with greek yogurt too and your cake looks so moist and irresistible:) I’m drooling over all that yummy frosting too!

  • http://www.tworaspberries.com Michele @ Two Raspberries

    oh my gosh I am drooling looking at these pictures! this looks incredible it must have tasted amazing! YUM!

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.ca Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    These look amazing! Greek yogurt really IS the best baking hack ever hey?! I love baking with it, feeling like your cake can legitimately be breakfast is a lovely thing!

  • http://www.sweetphi.com Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    These look fantastic, and greek yogurt IS the best baking hack ever :)

  • http://sugarhero.com Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com

    Wait, let me get this straight. They have greek yogurt, and can be topped with frosting, Nutella OR peanut butter?! I’m sold!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Well, ANYTHING can be topped with nutella and peanut butter! 😉 …These are just super special 😉

  • http://warmvanillasugar.com/ Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These bars look so fantastic!! Loving them!!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks for stopping by Katrina! :)

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    That is SO crazy moist! Greek yogurt does magical things to sweet treats. I could (and would) eat this at all hours of the day.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      I would happily parcel some up for you! <3 I actually had a couple left over, and even though it's been more than a week now, they are still soft and moist! Gotta love that yog!

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    Wow, these bars look amazing, Tash! I love the dense banana filling. These are definitely my kind of bars, especially with the cream cheese frosting! Can’t wait to try this out! Pinned!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      The filling is pretty dense! For some, that can be a deal breaker…But I personally love that density! How about you? :) Thank you for the pin lovely Gayle!

  • http://www.yummybeet.com Allison

    Oh my word. The texture of these is straight up making my mouth water! So dense and fudge-like. And I love the icing with those little flecks of vanilla bean! Love this recipe and your gorgeous photos really capture their beauty!!!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      I love how you notice those vanilla flecks Allison! 😉 You are just so kind! The lighting was so perfect – it made me so happy! :) <3

  • http://TheSquishyMonster.com The Squishy Monster

    Yummy! I love that these are a bit healthier, means I can eat more, right? =)

  • http://www.playingwithflour.com Monica

    These look so good! I just substituted Greek yogurt for sour cream in a cake I made recently so I’m with you! Love how moist it is and absolutely qualifies as a breakfast treat! : )

  • http://www.truefemme.com Alex @ True Femme

    Cream cheese frosting is my favorite and I happen to really love cinnamon and bananas, so these look like a little slice of heaven!

  • http://www.savorthebaking.blogspot.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    These bars looks great and I like that Greek yogurt is an ingredient.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thank you Chineka! Greek yogurt <3

  • http://www.waterloowithlove.com/ Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love

    Oh my! After a long week at work, this recipe is absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Your food photography is stunning by the way! Really looking forward to your posts :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Nicole! So is yours! That squash in particular has me totally lovestruck..Hope it wasn’t too much of a stressful week. Happy Monday! x

  • http://www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma

    Wow, these sound amazing!! Would definitely get me up out of bed if I had these breakfast. Will have to save and try these as I loveee banana bread x