Banana Bread: Kids Love It!

Banana Bread that Kids Can MakeMake this recipe the night before you want to eat it to save time.  Mix it up before you start cleaning up from dinner, then clean up the dishes from the meal while it’s baking.

Refrigerate overnight; then warm slices for 1 minute in the microwave for breakfast the following day. Don’t worry that it won’t be delicious; it tastes even better the next morning.

½ cup canola oil
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 eggs
5 overripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour (whole wheat flour works fine)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons wheat germ (toasted wheat germ is fine)
1 cup chopped nuts (walnut, pecans, or almonds)
(Note: if a family member has nut allergies, skip the nuts entirely. Otherwise, nuts are great protein and healthy fat that will help kids get all the way to lunch.)

Preheat oven to 350º and grease two 8 ½-inch loaf pans.
Cream the oil and sugar in the (large) bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer. You will later add the dry ingredients to this bowl, so make sure it is big enough to fit both the wet and dry mixtures.
Add the eggs and bananas and blend until the bananas are thoroughly mashed.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir in the wheat germ and nuts. Blend well.
Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and blend until just mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing it evenly.
Bake for 50 minutes at 350º, or until the top springs back when gently pressed. Or stick a toothpick into the very center. When it comes our mostly clean, it’s done. Banana bread is better moist than dry.
Makes 2 loaves.

Serve with a small cup of yogurt with chopped, fresh fruit on top!

From the Best of Family Fun Cooking & Partiesedited by Deanna F. Cook and the Experts at FamilyFun Magazine, p. 63.  [This is a great cookbook for budding cooks. We enthusiastically recommend it.  Ours is covered with stains and spots, the sign of a truly useful cookbook!]  Find it on


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