Learning In The Kitchen: Banana Bread

There is so much that can be taught in the kitchen. Following a recipe and working together are the lessons we were working on today.

We conquered and divided so that everyone felt included.  My middle-est did the dry ingredients and my littlest was in charge of the wet ingredients.  They each got to prepare a loaf pan and they cracked one egg each.

We used our own modification of a banana bread recipe from my old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. 

Here's the recipe as we have rewritten it:

Banana Bread

  • 3 Cups Flour (half whole wheat, half all-purpose)
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 3tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 Cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 Cup grapeseed oil or applesauce (or your favorite oil)

Grease and flour two loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl. Mash bananas in a medium bowl and add wet ingredients. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined, divide into the two prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes (may vary depending on oven and pans, so keep an eye on it).

Licking the bowl is a fun part of the learning. 

Licking the bowl is a fun part of the learning. 

Two beautiful loaves, slightly brown and not gooey in the middle.

Two beautiful loaves, slightly brown and not gooey in the middle.

We sliced and ate the first loaf as soon as it was cool enough to cut. We wrapped up the second loaf to save for breakfasts. I think the flavor of banana bread is always better after resting overnight.

The boys did a great job working together.  It was good to watch them help each other. I only stepped in to help my littlest with cracking his egg and then to assist putting things in and out of the oven. The more I allow them to do, the more they learn.

We love learning in the kitchen. What are your favorite recipes to make with your kids?

-Mary