This is a guest post brought to you by Samantha Schultz:
Samantha Schultz writes about all things life and parenthood on her blog, The Peanuts Gang. With two boys (Charlie & Jack) and a high school sweetheart hubby, they experience the adventures of this crazed life – sharing along the way. She and her family live just outside Chicago.
One of the ways that I love spending time with my boys is when we mix up something special to bake. With a few past-due bananas, we dove headfirst into some banana bread. Looking to make some healthier changes, I removed the traditional oil and butter element and instead opted to use some Greek Yogurt – Cafe Latte variety. The delicious coffee smell adds that extra something that brings this bread to the next level.
Our Saturday habits start out the same. I pull out the KitchenAid and my youngest, Jack, heads over to the kitchen table to grab a chair so he can help me whip something up. He likes pouring, scooping, “measuring” and enjoying the messiness. Pajamas are not required, but in our house, they are preferred on a lazy Saturday. This recipe is simple – we add in a few chocolate chips because we love them!
1 small container of Greek yogurt (approximately 1/2 cup)
3 extra large ripe bananas
2 whole large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour (whole wheat would work well also)
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
Mini chocolate chips as desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend wet ingredients with sugar until well mixed.
Incorporate dry ingredients and mix until blended – be careful not to over-mix. If you’re using a traditional loaf pan, grease with oil. This recipe will make approximately 1 regular loaf pan. I used disposable pans which makes clean-up a breeze and the loaves pop right out. If you’re using disposable, I was able to get two smaller loaves.
These also work well to gift home-baked goodness to neighbors or friends. Jack enjoyed turning the oven light on and waiting for the bread to bake (approximately 25-30 minutes, fork-clean). When it was done, I served him a piece, jumped in the shower and came out to give him another loaf. Only to find that only one loaf was left! Big brother and daddy seemed to have found our fresh-baked treat!
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- pouring from measuring cups
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