Banana-Rama Bread-Cooking with Kids

Banana-Rama Bread-Cooking with Kids

Banana bread is a tasty, healthy treat for kids and adults. We have it for snack or breakfast sometimes at Little Sprouts and the kids love it. They love it even more when they get to make it.

Cooking with kids teaches them

Cooking with kids is a great way to teach them about math and science as well as helping them get familiar with ingredients and making them more likely to eat a bigger variety of food. Cooking helps kids develop fine motor skills as well as learn to take turns and be patient. And it’s just plain fun!

My kids LOVE to “pop” or “hatch” the eggs, stir, add ingredients and everything else involved in cooking anything. It builds their self-esteem as well. Learning they CAN do things is great for their development. Team work and social skills are a great product of cooking with kids along with healthy, fresh, clean ingredient snacks.

Cooking with kids builds their confidence

Before you cook anything with the kids, the first step is ALWAYS to wash their hands. After their hands are washed, for this delicious bread, I let the kids cut the bananas up with a butter knife and add them to the bowl.

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banana bread, cooking with kids

Banana-Rama Bread-Cooking with Kids

Once all the bananas are cut up and added to the bowl, the kids can take turn smashing the bananas until they are fully broken down.

Banana-rama Bread-Cooking With Kids!

Next, they add the other wet ingredients to the mix. Then there is lots of stirring.

Banana-Rama Bread-Cooking with Kids

Next, it’s time to add the dry ingredients to the recipe. I have all the ingredients pre measured and prepared at the table before the kids sit down to cook, so they don’t have to wait on me to get everything together. This helps keep problems from arising.

banana bread-cooking with kids

After the rest of the ingredients are added to the bowl, it’s time for a little more stirring. Stirring can be done by all the kids to make sure everyone get plenty of turns to do a job. Everyone wants lots of turns, so break each step into as many turns as possible.

baking with kids

Next, dump the batter into the pan and whisk it off for baking. Then in an hour or so, it’s snack time, the best time!

cooking with kids banana bread

Banana-rama Bread
Sweet yummy banana bread made from real food.
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  1. 1 C. all purpose flour
  2. 3/4 C. whole wheat flour
  3. 2/3 C. raw sugar
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 3 medium bananas, mashed
  8. 1/3 c. coconut oil
  9. 2 T. coconut milk
  10. 2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash banana and add coconut oil, and milk.
  3. Mix very well.
  4. In a separate bowl mix all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add to banana mixture and mix very well.
  6. Add eggs and whole wheat flour.
  7. Mix until JUST combined.
  8. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book
Little Sprouts Learning
Cooking with kids is so much fun and not that difficult to do if you plan ahead. It’s a great activity that teaches the kids innumerable skills. I hope you get to cook something with kids asap!


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  1. Gentle Joy says:

    It is so good to make things with kids… they learn to work and enjoy working…. and it is special time w/ them. The banana bread is a great idea… we love it here and need to make it again soon. 🙂

  2. Every summer I serve as the head cook at Family Camp. We have about 60 people that attend for the week. I always get the kids to help in the kitchen and serve as well. THEY LOVE IT!

    We always have them wash their hands first. The rule is to have them wet their hands, put soap on it and scrub them together as they sing the Happy Birthday song. It insures clean hands, and is a little fun too. Then they rinse and dry them with a paper towel.

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