I have an admission. I hate banana. I think it’s a texture things.
Potato on the otherhand loves them and I’ve discovered that while I don’t like them fresh, I love them used in baking and cooking. Baking with an ingredient that Potato loves to eat anyway, just adds to the fun and he already knows the end result is going to be delicious.
So I thought I’d share some of our favourite banana recipes for kids. Some are our own recipes and others are ones we’ve come across and are eager to try.
Bananas are great for using in baking. If you use them when they’re really really ripe, almost black, they’re really sweet and you need to use far less sugar in the recipe. They add moister to cakes and are full of healthy fibre and energy, which makes them perfect for fuelling toddlers and kids who are constantly on the go.
I always have a few bananas in the freezer. If I have a few in that I know I won’t be able to use before they’re too ripe, I pop them in with their skins on. You just need to defrost them slightly to peel them and the skin helps keep them intact. They’re no good for just eating, once they’ve been frozen, but they become extra mushy and seemingly even sweeter. Perfect for baking.
Rocky Road Banana Bread
Who doesn’t love banana bread? We have loads of different recipes for banana loaf but this is a firm favourite, with chocolate, marshmallow and nuts. A nice simple recipe to make with kids too.
Nutella and Banana Cupcakes
These are the height of decadence. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re healthy because they contain banana. The Nutella makes sure that’s not the case, but they’re totally worth it. Cupcakes are also great to make with little ones, because the basic recipe is so simple.
Banana Nut Oaties
A far healthier banana recipe and one that’s perfectly suited for toddlers to both make and eat. Packed full of banana and grated apple, with a lovely kick of peanuts.
Stir some mashed banana into a basic pancake mix and maybe add a few blueberries. This makes a thick, fluffy, sweet pancake, without the need to add any sugar.
These are a fun activity for kids to do, resulting in a tasty snack. You can dip them in chocolate or if you prefer, a low fat yogurt and then freeze them. You can even just make fruit skewers to nibble on.
Cheats’ Banana and Blueberry Ice Cream
A firm favourite for the summer time. Instant ice cream, with no added sugar or cream. A healthy delicious way to cool down on a hot summer day. Potato loves switching the food processor on and off, so he’ll be making this by the bowlful this summer. This one is best done with bananas that are still quite firm, or they squish and fall off the sticks.
Banana Filo Parcels
This is one I came across in our Crafty Cooks classes. Chop a banana into thick slices and wrap about half a banana in half a filo pastry sheet. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips in there too, brush with oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Your little one really can make dessert for the whole family.
I love this from Paging Fun Mums. Banana Sushi! The bananas aren’t cooked, so not one for me so much, but I know Potato would love them. Banana and Nutella is such a good combination!