Yummy Banana Bread

Remember the magazine, Highlights®? In case you didn’t know, it’s still around and continues to provide kids with cool activities to try on lazy days.  

A couple of weeks ago we pulled out one of the Highlights High Five® magazines (for children 2-6) that happened to have a recipe for banana bread; my son was all about it. I, on the other hand, was a bit skeptical – could we really bake bread? Up until then I loved the idea of baking, but never really tried because it seemed complicated and time-consuming. But, for the sake of creating memories my eldest child will reflect on with a big smile for all eternity, we were going to bake some banana bread, whether I wanted to or not.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients (We used organic options if they were available.)

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup flour


  • Spray a 4-inch by 8-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil.
  • Adult: Melt 1/3 cup of butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel and slice 4 ripe bananas into chunks. Put them in a large bowl and mash the bananas. Stir in 1/3 cup of melted butter.
  • Crack an egg into a small bowl. Beat the egg with a fork.
  • Add the egg, ¾ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the banana mixture. Stir in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  • Mix in 1 ½ cups of flour. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan.
  • Adult: Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack before removing the bread from the pan.

The bread turned out to be delicious! I give props to my son because he actually did most of the work.  This recipe was so easy and offered a great way to spend special time with my eldest.

P.S. – I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Drats. I’ll make sure to do it next time. 🙂


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