Cooking with kids: Banana bread (or muffins!)

Here’s a tasty, easy recipe for you to make with your kids for banana bread or muffins.  If you’ve got 3 overripe bananas, everything else you probably already have in your fridge or pantry.  We make double this recipe at least once a week, and it’s a favorite of the kid’s friends.

This is a fun recipe for little ones, as there’s measuring and pouring, mixing, and operating a blender.  (Noisy!)  It’s a good idea to use this opportunity to teach about blender safety.  (Also, no licking batter with raw eggs is another good rule.)

Makes:  3 mini loaf or 6 large muffins or 12 regular muffins.

Equipment you’ll need:

Blender
Large bowl
Rubber spatula
Mini loaf or muffin pans

Prep:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray your pans with cooking spray/oil.

Step 1:  mix dry ingredients in large bowl

2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
Couple shakes of nutmeg

Step 2:  mix wet ingredients in blender

2 eggs
½ cup (1 stick) softened butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar

Blend; then add one at a time to blender while running:  3 overripe, peeled bananas.

Step 3:  pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Mix.  Put in pans.

Step 4: Bake

Regular muffins – 20 minutes
Large muffins – 30 minutes
Mini loaf pans – 40 minutes

Photo by foodpr0n.

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