As a mom of an antsy, curious and ever active toddler, I constantly need to find him new activities. I used to think you just needed to hand kids some toys and they would entertain themselves. I have never been more wrong. Turns out my toddler doesn’t really play with his toys and needs entertaining pretty much most of the time. I recently read about the idea of baking with kids. I love baking, I think my love for cooking came more from a love for baking. I hadn’t baked in a while and I wanted to. So I figured I’d bake with my kid.
I knew I wanted something simple, not involving too many steps or needing devices other an oven. You know your dump, mix and bake kind dessert. I saw a couple of browning (read rotting) bananas and I knew what I should make : Banana Bread.
Banana Bread with some semi sweet chocolate chips would make for a perfect recipe for my toddler to bake along with me.
I followed this recipe by Rachael Ray and the banana bread turned out amazing!
- 2-3 Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 -1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Lightly grease and flour as 9 inch * 5 inch loaf pan
In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar and baking soda.
Combine the bananas, eggs and oil in a separate bowl.
Mix in the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients.
Add in the chocolate chips into the batter. Make sure to not overmix.
Pour in the batter into the pan and bake for 60-80 mins or until a skewer in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Don’t forget to make a mess and have some fun!
Cool the loaf for sometime before turning it onto a plate. Cut a slice and have it with nice cup of tea like we did!
Baking with kids can be an amazing, educational and fun experience and is a great opportunity for the family to bond in the kitchen.