Aug 19

The best banana bread

Everybody loves a good old banana bread and here is a recipe the kids will devour and believe you me there is no need to spread extra butter on top. Unfortunately, banana bread does not count as a fruit serving but keep the portions small for little tummies and enjoy it on a special occasion.

Let the little one’s help get the ingredients together.

You will need:

  • 125g Butter
  • 250g Brown sugar
  • 2 Extra-large eggs
  • 30ml Plain yoghurt (flavoured is also fine)
  • 5ml Vanilla essence (can substitute with caramel essence)
  • 6 Ripe bananas, mashed
  • 60g Chopped nuts/ chocolate chips or seeds (my favourite is a mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with a dash of cinnamon)
  • 250g Cake flour
  • 5ml Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1,5ml Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and prep your bread pan with cooking spray and baking paper.
  2. Get the kids measuring, pouring and tasting different ingredients. It might be a little messier and take some extra time but it will be worth the special memories! There are a few bowls involved but it’s an easy step by step method for the kids to follow. Try giving each child a task (age-appropriate).
  3. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in bowl 1.
  4. Beat the eggs lightly in a separate bowl (bowl 2). Add the yoghurt and essence of your choice.
  5. Mash the bananas in a bowl (3) and add some nuts/seeds/chocolate chips.
  6. Combine the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together (bowl 4).
  7. Slowly add the egg mixture (bowl 2) into the butter mixture (bowl 1).
  8. Fold the bananas (bowl 3) into the butter mixture/batter.
  9. Lastly, fold the flour mix (bowl 4) into the batter.
  10. After everything is mixed well, pour the batter into the baking pan and into the oven it goes for 50-60 minutes (enough time to tidy up together), depending on your oven. Your bread should be golden brown – test using a toothpick or knife.
  11. Let it cool down and enjoy with a glass of milk and well-deserved coffee for you!

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