Do you have a sad looking brown and spotty banana left at the bottom of the fruit bowl? Well, this easy banana bread recipe needs that sad, spotty banana–in fact, they are the best kind!
Banana bread is one of the easiest peasiest recipes we have on Mini Yummers, and of course the banana adds so much yumminess and goodness too. If your family doesn’t scoff the whole loaf right away, you can slice up what’s left and freeze the slices–then they can be on standby for a yummy treat to cheer up your lunchbox.
- 2 bananas (the riper the better, but any bananas work fine)
- 140g butter
- 140g caster sugar
- 140g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
Let’s Get Going
Preheat oven to 180c, 350f, gas 4.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until they are mixed together and creamy looking. Add the flour, baking powder, and eggs, and mix everything in until you have a nice smooth mix.
5. Pop into the oven for 35 minutes until it’s a yellowy golden colour.
TIP: Get a grown-up to gently press the banana bread with a fingertip, if it makes a dent then you need to cook it for a few more minutes, if it springs back to where it was, then it’s done.
And that’s it–easy banana bread made! Remember to slice up and freeze some slices for your lunchbox. Here’s how…
Freezing Banana Bread
Pop the slices on a small plate or tray and put in the freezer. After a few hours, you can take them off the plate and put these slices into a freezer bag. The next time your grown-up is making your lunchbox, they can take a slice out of the freezer the night before, and by the time lunchtime rolls around, your banana bread will be defrosted and good to eat.
Bananas only grow in really hot and tropical countries–it’s just not hot enough in Britain to grow them, so we import our bananas from other countries. Most of the bananas we eat come from Latin American countries and the Caribbean, but we also get a lot of our bananas from West Africa too.
They are picked when they are green, and come over on big ships. By the time they get here, the bananas are starting to turn yellow as they’ve had some time to ripen on their long journey.
During World War 2, hardly any bananas could be imported to Britain at all. Boats were needed for important war work, and importing foods became really difficult as our enemies blocked ships from getting through.
Greengrocers got so fed up of people asking for bananas, that they started putting up signs saying “YES! We have no bananas!” There’s even a song about it.