Charles loves to bake. His fascination most likely came from me, as I love to be in the kitchen and I LOVE food. My own fascination began in my mother’s kitchen, where she cooked from scratch, believed in nutritious eating, and shared her adventurous baking with us kids. Some of my warmest memories are shared moments in our kitchen with my mom, the carob queen. It is only fair to mention that the below recipe is my revised version of her original recipe….thanks, mom!
I began baking with Charles when he was 2 yrs. old. He loved the mixing, measuring and finger licking like most kids his age. We like to experiment in the kitchen and try new recipes. Like my mom, I like taking recipes for cookies, cakes and muffins and making them healthier for kids, incorporating whole grains and nutritious alternatives to ingredients that contain trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or anything artificial. Charles loves to eat our creations, but banana nut muffins is his absolute favorite recipe, which means we bake banana nut bread about once a week, even if we are traveling.
Banana Nut Bread
1/2 c unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c wheat flour
3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 oat bran
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2-3 ripe bananas (2 large or 3 small)
1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt
1/2 c chopped walnuts
optional: Boost the health factor by adding a little flax seed and/or wheat germ. Charles likes to add cinnamon to the recipe as well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla then mix well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mash bananas in a third bowl and mix in the yogurt. Fold in the dry ingredients and banana mixture into the wet ingredients. Add nuts. Be careful not to over mix. Grease the loaf pan or muffin tins. Bread should bake for 45-55 minutes (use toothpick method to be sure the center is done). Muffins should bake for 13-18 minutes. Yield: 1 loaf or 15 muffins.
It is never to late to introduce your child to the wonders of the kitchen. Bake with your child. It is fun! Encourage them to stir, add ingredients and lick the wooden spoon. Discover your own favorite recipes and your house will soon be filled with amazing aromas, smiles and mmmm’s.