I’ll be honest: some days, the thought of playing another round of Legos or “gas station” with JB makes me want to weep. As much as I love playing with him, I sometimes can’t muster up the necessary enthusiasm for building another tower for someone to knock down.
Lucky for me, JB loves to bake. So, on those off days, I pull out an easy recipe that he can help with, something without a lot of complicated measuring but with plenty of stirring.
This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is one of our favorites. He loves smashing the bananas, and since it’s all made in one bowl, he gets to stir almost from start to finish. Add in the fun of sprinkling on extra blueberries and dusting with cinnamon sugar, and it’s pretty much a toddler’s perfect recipe.
Oh, and it’s delicious, too!
Blueberry Banana Bread
adapted from Simply Recipes
3 – 4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 c. melted butter (or canola oil)
2/3 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 c. unbleached AP flour
1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or more AP flour)
1 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8 x 4 loaf pan and set aside. In your (microwave safe!) bowl, melt the butter. Now mash the bananas into the butter; I give JB a metal whisk to do this and it works well and is easy for him to handle. Now stir in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the salt and soda over the batter, and then mix in. Add the flour and mix in. Fold in the blueberries, reserving a few for sprinkling on the top. Pour batter into pan, top with remaining blueberries, and sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until golden brown and a tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out of pan. Allow to cool, and then try not to eat all at once.