My one-year-old son LOVES fruit. He loves veggies. He loves all of the healthy food, and is so easy to feed! My 6-year-old daughter, however, would prefer to live on a diet of processed, unhealthy foods. It is torture trying to get her to eat anything healthy. This can pose a particular challenge when I pack her lunches for school. She would love if I packed her lunchables everyday, but giving her a balanced diet of wholesome foods is a priority of mine. That is why I end up hiding fruits and veggies in her lunches. So, in my pursuit of health(ier) foods, I decided to put together an organic banana bread recipe to add to her lunch this week.
Organic Banana Bread Recipe
This organic banana bread recipe has been a favorite of hers since she was a toddler. I have modified it over the years, swapping in maple syrup for organic sugar cane, and adding in organic ingredients as we went along. I now make it completely organic, because the ingredients that are in this organic banana bread recipe are ingredients that I typically buy organic. Now, I will say that not everything I buy is organic… sometimes I am not willing to pay the high premium to buy organic versus non-organic. For instance, when it comes to fruit, I generally buy organic fruit for the dirty dozen, and otherwise, I will shop for a good deal or the freshest looking produce.
I have also found that certain stores have more affordable organic options than others. Trader Joes is my favorite place to shop right now, as they have a great selection of organic foods, and it is the cheapest I have seen in my city. Kroger stores also have a great selection, at a reasonable price. I have heard that Costco is a great place to shop in bulk, and has a ton of organic options, but I haven’t been there yet. It is on my list of places to visit soon!
One last thing, my daughter is getting to the age where I want to start teaching her about cooking/baking, but in a way that she will find engaging. I decided to make a coloring page with the ingredients of our banana bread. She could color as I baked, and also learn about the ingredients in the organic banana bread recipe. I have included a free printable of the banana bread coloring page. You have a little one at your table to entertain while you cook!
Printable Banana Bread Coloring Page
- 2 cups organic flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
- 1/2 cup melted organic butter
- 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
- 1 organic, free-range egg
- 2 ripe organic bananas
- 1/8 cup organic whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 5x9 pan with butter.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder, and mix well.
- In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and maple syrup. Add in egg, bananas, and milk, then mix well (a few banana lumps are okay!). Gradually add flour to wet ingredients, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition, until fully incorporated.
- Pour batter into greased pan, and bake for 50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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