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Recycled Easy Banana Bread – wfmw

This is the tried and tested recipe my 6 year old son and I used last week to bake some easy banana bread.  It was his suggestion that the receipe should really be called “recycled” banana bread as we are using the bananas again (?) instead of throwing them away!

Here is what you need

  • 285g/10oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice) (which is just as well because I never have buttermilk!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

And what to do

  •  preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • persuade son to wash his hands and pause his Ben 10 Alien programme so you have his full attention
  • mash the 4 “recycled” bananas with vigour
  • sieve flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl
  • beat the butter and sugar in a separate large bowl until light and fluffy
  • add eggs, banana, milk, vanilla extract and mix well
  • fold in flour mixture
  • pour mixture into a greased 8×5 inch loaf tin
  • Bake for one hour, or until golden and risen – we took ours out at 55 minutes
  • Enjoy the lovely smell of baking banana bread while you do the dishes on your own (Ben 10 having recaptured son’s attention!)
  • Remember to take some photos before it is all gone – delicious!

You can check out some of my other recipes :

Best Spicy Sausage Pasta
My Mum’s Florentines
Fifteens (easy no-bake)
Top Hats – great for kids parties and easy for kids to make

Malteser Crunch Traybakes (down at the end of the post)
Home-made tasty chicken soup

What is your favourite recipe?

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  1. I must try this one on B – he loves banana bread – and Sam’s comments on it had me laughing – oh to see life the way a 5 yr old does again!

  2. Looks like a great bake from your photo. I laughed at you having to pause Ben Ten to get your sons attention. I like recipes where you just mix it all together, pop in the oven and turn out. I am so it tasted delicious.

  3. Looks really fluffy and light. My banana bread weighs a ton, so I will try your recipe and see if I get better results. Perhaps I’m not recycling the bananas correctly!

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