Baking and cooking are things that kids really enjoy doing. My daughters will stir water in a bowl for hours and love every minute of it! So why not include them in the kitchen, its something you have to do anyway why not let them build memories with you? I definitely look forward to cooking and baking with my girls for years to come.
Don’t you hate when you buy bananas and you don’t eat them fast enough so they start to get all black and soft. I used to throw away bananas once they reached that point but now I always pray there the kids don’t eat all the bananas lol. When the bananas are like that they are extremely sweet and there are lots of things you can do with them.
Instead of throwing them away chop them up and pop them in the freezer.
The frozen bananas are great for yummy smoothies!
I also make banana ‘ice cream’ for the girls by pureeing the frozen bananas in the food processor. They love it and its a healthy/lactose free ‘ice cream’ alternative.
But putting aside all the frozen treats, my favorite thing to do with bananas is definitely a warm delicious banana bread. I use the recipe from one of my Southern Living cookbooks.
I used to make this as a loaf, but I found that making them as muffins instead, is much easier for grabbing in the morning when you’re on the go, or for a quick snack to munch on during Judge Judy (oh don’t act like I’m the only one who records Judge Judy! lol). Here’s the recipe!
Preheat oven to 400 and grease muffin tins (I just spray with Pam).
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
1/2 cup milk
1/3 vegetable oil
(You can also add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans for a delicious banana nut version)
Mash your bananas with a fork.
This is how much you get from three mashed bananas.
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in center.
In another bowl mix the egg, mashed bananas, milk and oil.
Fill muffin pans 3/4 full. I use a 1/3 measuring cup for this, its the perfect size for scooping and filling.
Bake these bad boys for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. These are so moist and yummy, I hope you like them, my kiddos sure do!