Baking with bananas is a great way to give sweetness without using a lot of additional sweeteners. The negative is, that they also have a distinctive taste, so if they aren’t yet in the comfort zone, it can be a harder sell.
I love baking with fruit as it can be an easier means to add it into the diet of a picky eater. However, I wouldn’t be baking with that goal in mind. Anytime we are pushing something onto our child, it’s obvious and can make them less likely to eat.
Banana bread is often accepted by picky eaters and this recipe is perfect as it’s very ‘cake-like’. You could add butter, cheese, choc spread, jam or even peanut butter to the slices.
If your child has a very limited repertoire for lunch, won’t eat sandwiches, or eats the same thing over and over again then banana bread could be an alternative. A slice of banana bread, some cheese and carrot sticks and I would be happy stacking that up against a honey sandwich!
This recipe is a great one as it’s super simple, low sugar and uses wholemeal flour without it being a noticeable negative.
Let me know what you think!!
As always this is a small quantity. I would never go crazy with amount if we’re road testing for a picky eater!
1/6 cup butter (or other oil)
¼ cup melted honey (I use just over 1/8 but add to personal taste)
2 frozen ripe bananas
1/8 cup milk (or water)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Halfway between ¾ & a cup of wholemeal flour (I use wholemeal for additional nutrients)
Mix all together well. Put into small baking tins, one larger one or muffin cases.
Bake for 15-25 minutes for smaller tins or muffin cases. Longer for a large tin. Usual check, browning on the top and stick inserted comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin.
Adapted from recipe by Cookie + Kate
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
Judith is also mum to two boys and is the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner.
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