The Kid Makes Banana Bread

The kids love this simple and slightly unique banana bread recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It has a nice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves that give it just a hint of spice. (We left out the bourbon.) It’s totally addictive and doesn’t usually make it much past breakfast the next morning. (Yes, that’s Anakin Skywalker guarding the bread.)

This recipe is so easy that I asked O, who is 7, if he thought he could make it himself. He said, “sure.” We had three overripe bananas the other night so it was on.

I took the instructions and turned the paragraph into a numbered list of steps, which I thought would be easier for him to follow. I watched and answered questions. And I helped with the oven door. But that was it. He did it on his own: measuring, stirring, smashing, beating. He was super excited. He would have eaten the whole loaf if I’d let him.

Banana smashing.

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