I recently came across a Banana bread recipe on the blog small people big ideas. It didn’t have any dairy and seemed simple enough so we tried it. We made two changes to our recipe. We used half the sugar (and it still felt too much for us) and used canola oil instead of butter to grease our pan. He is now 14 months old and it was interesting to observe how much he has grown since we started cooking together. You can see one of our earlier experiences here.
Baking Banana Bread
When baking with a young toddler, it is so important to prepare and make sure everything is available and organized before you start. The child at this stage needs order.
We always start by putting on aprons and washing our hands. Then I tell him what we are going to make and point out the ingredients
I’ll list the ingredients as we go along or you can visit the original post.
At this point, we put aside the bowl with the bananas and got a new bowl. This will be used to mix the dry ingredients.
Mix the ingredients together and set the bowl of dry ingredients aside. For some reason the recipe did not say to pour the sugar into the dry ingredients. This disturbed my sense of order but since I’m not a baker, I did not want to risk doing something wrong.
Back to the bowl of bananas which we will use for wet ingredients
We should have added the vanilla extract (1.5 teaspoons) at this point
I cannot emphasize how good cooking/baking and practical life activities are for children. Even children who struggle with staying still enjoy these activities because they involve a lot of movement. How awesome to know everything that went into your snack. I hope you’ll try this recipe and share any dairy free recipes you have with me.