Baking Banana Bread with a Toddler! - Nashville Moms Network

Hello Mamas! 

We had another adventure in the kitchen this weekend! We made my mom’s recipe for banana bread. She has been making FOREVER and her mom before then. We eat with cream cheese spread on top – my husband warmed with butter:) This one my toddler loves to bake with me which adds some extra flare every time. Also, we are always substituting ingredients because we realize we’ve run out of things mid-prep…oops! 

1 stick butter softened
3 ripe bananas smashed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/8 to 1/4 cup buttermilk (or vinegar in milk)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Soften one stick of butter. (Read: Microwave that stick because who remembers to leave a butter out to soften the night before. Don’t hate all you expert bakers/parents!). 
  2. Smash the bananas in separate bowl and put aside. Helps if you sing a toon “smash banana, smash smash banana” is our fav. Then set aside. 
  3. Pour touch of vinegar into roughly 1/8-1/4 cups of almond milk (because we have neither buttermilk nor milk). THEN drop baking soda into the concoction and watch it froth! This is a big hit with the kiddos! Science!
  4. Add sugar into melted butter and whisk that goodness up! Resist eating…if you’re into that sort of thing…me neither. 
  5. Remember you know how to make a boomerang and do one of your toddler shaking her whisk. 
  6. Let your daughter crack eggs into the mixture.
  7. Spend 45 minutes removing egg shells from mixture. THEN whisk it up!
  8. Add flour (for me this was whole wheat flour because that’s all we had today – still good!), bananas, “buttermilk”, and vanilla.  
  10. Grease bread pan…OR cupcake pans if your toddler is crying that she wants that pan instead. 
  11. Pour into pan and cook at 350 for 25 minutes??? This is a guess because we normally do it as bread. In bread pan do 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Unless your husband requests (every single time without fail) to undercook whatever baked good you are making…
  12. Let your child lick the whisk.
  13. Let your child lick the spatula. 
  14. Let your child lick the bowl.
  15. Clean up batter from all the places your child touched while licking each item as well as their face and clothes. Hooray, now you’re DONE!
  16. Except you’re not because your child now has a sugar high so get to running! 

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