Baby/Toddler Recipe: Very Healthy Banana Bread

I found this banana bread recipe when looking for healthy finger foods to make for my 9 month old baby (original recipe here).  I like the recipe because I like to give my baby good, wholesome food – I liked that every single ingredient in this was healthy and I was able to make it without any added sugar.

I made this with honey instead of sugar.  If you’re used to very sweet food, you may like to make this with sugar, possibly even extra sugar.  However, I found myself going back to this bread myself for a very satisfying and guilt free snack.

It certainly passed muster with my harshest critic, who absolutely devoured it.  I should add the caveat that my little guts will devour most anything… but I do think she especially enjoyed this bread!

Ingredient Set 1:

2 cups flour (I used wholemeal, use whatever flour you like!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder

Ingredient Set 2:

3 large very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups) – mashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar (or replace with 1/3 cup unsweetened fruit juice concentrate ormaple syrup or honey)
1/2 cup milk
zest of a lemon or orange (optional – I omited this, must try it next time!)
2 tsp vanilla or 1 Tbsp dark rum (obviously I chose the vanilla for my baby!)

Optional Extras:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I omitted this for bubba)
1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces (I omitted but must try it!)
1/2 cup chopped dates (I actually used prunes to help with bubbas bowels, actually tasted pretty good and lent a good sweetness to the loaf)

Method:

1. In two separate bowls, combine the two ingredient sets (a dry mixture and a wet mixture).

2. Mix the wet and dry mixtures together until just combined.

3. Fold in the optional extras, if desired.

4. Pour into a greased and/or lined loaf tin.

5. Bake at 180 C for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes then place on a rack to cool.

 

There you have it – an easy, healthy snack easily adaptable to your tastes and/or your baby’s!

Why not have a slice hot from the oven with a generous smear of butter?


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8 thoughts on “Baby/Toddler Recipe: Very Healthy Banana Bread

  1. these look great! i make my own banana brea too and the recipe is not far off. but it has a little bit of butter – 2 Tbsp. your critic is gorgeous btw 😀

  2. Aww what a beautiful baby, looks like she’s really enjoying her snack ha…great recipe, I think I’ll try it with the chocolate pieces 🙂

  3. Hello,
    I was online searching for a healthy, baby safe banana bread to make for my 9 month old daughter & along came yor recipe. I orginally thought perfect, as you were also making it for your 9 month old daughter. However, after reading the ingredients & reading your notes, it sound like a yummy banana bread, but it certainly isn’t baby safe/healthy. As recommended by our doctor, not to mention everything I’ve read, it isn’t safe for children under 2 years of age to have honey. Also, if possible you shoud avoid giving a child under 1 nuts, eggs & sugar.

    • I appreciate your opinions. I have heard that honey should be avoided under the age of 1. Personally I don’t stress about such things. Certainly I would recommend researching the literature on nuts and eggs especially, as it is coming to light that allergies are in fact often precipitated by avoidance itself. My daughter has eaten peanut butter from 6 months old. I believe early introduction prevents allergies and this is in fact backed up by a lot of research. As for the honey – each to their own. The chances of harm are miniscule and seeing as the honey is cooked at high temperatures, I don’t personally see it as an issue.

      • Also, having re-read my recipe (this is an old post) – I have clearly written that you can replace the sugar or honey with maple syrup and that I omitted the nuts when making this for my daughter anyway.

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