Cottagecore Recipes for the Kitchen featuring an easy chocolate chip banana bread loaf.

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Bake the World a Better Place

Taking time to make memories with our littles through baking is a centering experience for all of us. For, example this easy banana bread recipe takes just under an hour to complete with kids including clean up. There’s a lot going on with summer transitions and movement. Subsequently, we needed to find ways to connect with each other. It’s the simplest things that can create lasting memories and this easy banana bread recipe will do that for you too. My son with a concentrated look on his face said the sweetest and most childlike thing to me while baking:

Bear: Mom, I like the feel of flour on my hands.

Me: I do too, sweetheart.

Why Banana Bread?

This recipe was shared with me by a friend while I was living in Hungary. We had a gas range at the time. Therefore, we had to light a match to start the stove top when we cooked or light the starter flame in the bottom of the oven before we baked. To this day, I still remember the little box of matches that sat atop the range.

Once I moved back to the states I had to figure out what 1 packet of vanilla meant in liquid vanilla form. It was a funny happenstance when I whipped out my recipe and realized I didn’t know the exact conversion. Took some creative experiments to come up with a viable conversion and I think we’ve done it! I definitely added chocolate chips to this easy banana bread recipe to make it more of my own. I love the chocolatey sweetness it brings to the moist bread.

After playing around with the recipe, adding a hand mixer to our kitchen tools (in Hungary we didn’t own a mixer or a whisk but only had a spoon) and baking in a cake tin and then 3 separate bread tins we’ve come up with variations that adjust to our baking needs. Take a look below and get ready for a fun day of baking!

Cottagecore Recipes featuring an easy chocolate chip banana bread loaf.
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Baking with Kids

When we began baking with our kids I let them touch everything. As a result, they feel more accustomed to the sensory portion of the experience. We feel the texture of each ingredient and note the differences between the granularity of sugar and the softness of flour. Our 5yo Bear loves to describe everything he sees. For example, we talk about the tools we are using which further builds his vocabulary as we talk through each step. On the other hand, when they are quite little like our 2 yo Wren they end up tasting everything at each step. 

After that, look at the numbers on our measuring cups and try to match them to our recipe card. As result, this modeling of saying the numbers and then locating them on paper helps our kids make the connection between what mommy is reading and how we know what to do next. Tasks are broken down into smaller steps to match their motor skills. Sometimes scooping can be difficult for small hands and after feeling frustrated we problem solve together by finding smaller measuring spoons to scoop into our larger measuring cups. 

Baking this banana bread recipe with kids has kindled a newfound interest of intentionality in the kitchen and reminds me to infuse their new experience with curiosity and fun. Whether you’re baking alone or with others, I hope this recipe brings you joy.

Recipe: Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Bowl 1: 

Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 

Bowl 2: 

Wet Ingredients
  • 3 mashed bananas 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Mix Bowl 1 contents with Bowl 2

Now add the chocolate chips and mix again using a handheld mixer. Next, use a non-stick cooking spray on your tins or butter before adding your mix. Pour batter into your preferred baking tins and fill to about half way. 

Bake

Set oven to 375 degrees F. Place baking tins on the middle rack. Option A. If using 1 bundt/cake pan bake for 35 minutes. Option B. If using 1 bread pan (35 min) and two small bread pans (22 min)

Check your banana bread to see if it is fully baked by using the toothpick or butter knife method. First, stick the toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it is fully baked inside. If it comes out with filling on it, leave the bread in the oven and add 3 more minutes to your timer. Meanwhile continue baking the bread and testing the readiness until the toothpick comes out completely clean. 

Serve and enjoy!

Use oven mitts to remove hot tins from the oven and place on a cooling rack or oven pads for about 5 minutes. Lastly, wait until pan is cool to the touch to remove banana bread. 

This recipe is sure to help you build your confidence in the kitchen. Add it to your cottagecore kitchen repertoire and impress any group your baking skills. Let me know how you enjoyed your slice in the comments below!

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