Strawberry-Banana Bread

Strawberry-Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon rolled oats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a standard sized loaf pan by greasing it with butter on the inside of pan. Sprinkle a light dusting of all-purpose flour on top of the butter layer.

In a small bowl, mash ripe bananas with a fork. Set aside. 

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt). 

In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Set aside. 

In the bowl of a standing mixer, using a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add beaten eggs and continue to mix on low speed. 

Continue on low speed and slowly add dry mixture in batches until it is well combined into butter mixture. Remove from standing mixer.

Using a spatula, gently fold in the mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. 

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with the topping mixture. 

Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean once inserted into middle of the loaf. 

 

Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Have your child help peel and mash the bananas using a fork. They can event help mash with their hands. Talk about the texture of the mashed bananas. 
  • Practice counting 1-10 with the whole strawberries before cutting. 
  • Allow your child to help wash and gently pat dry the strawberries before slicing. They can also help remove the hull of the strawberry with their fingers.
  • Practice identifying the color of the strawberries and bananas. Do the same with the eggs and some of the other ingredients. 
  • Working together, ask your child to help combine the ingredients to make the topping. Allow them to use their hands to gently combine. 
  • Once the bread is finished baking and has cooled, give them a taste and see what they think!

Kid Chef

  • Using a kid-friendly knife, allow your child to practice proper knife skills and slice the strawberries after being washed. 
  • Practice precise measurements with the dry ingredients. Explore the different sizes of the measuring cups and spoons. 
  • Allow your child to crack the eggs and lightly beat them for the recipe. 
  • Have your child grease the loaf pan and dust with flour. 
  • Working together, allow your child to help add ingredients into the mixer and even help fold in the mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. 
  • Once the bread is finished and cooled, have them try it. Ask them to describe the flavor/texture and see what they loved best about recipe!

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