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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

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Baking is one of the easiest and most fun ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen. It’s especially awesome when the child asks to make a particular dish. This Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is something I’ve been making for 12 years and everyone loves it. I’ve made little modifications over the years but it’s pretty perfect the way it is. We make it so much that Shae can do most of the prep, mixing and measuring on her own.

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

3-4 ripe bananas, peeled and broken into large pieces
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat your oven to 350° and butter a loaf pan.
In a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar till creamy.
Add eggs one at a time and vanilla, blend well till combined.
Add in flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and combine till smooth.
Drop in banana, nuts and chocolate and blend till combined but bits of banana are still visible.Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan (or muffin tins).
Bake for 60-70 minutes, a toothpick should come out clean.
Let cool in loaf pan for 15 minutes, slice and serve.

Substitute the chocolate chips and nuts for whatever else you may like, such as cinnamon chips, dried cranberries, sliced almonds or JUST banana.

As you can see Shae did most of the work. I pulled ingredients out of cabinets, told her the measurements and let work the mixer. I love this time together. I hope she holds onto these memories as she gets older and starts memories with her own children.
Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen
Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

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Brown Sugar Banana Bread Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

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  2. I am not a huge banana bread fan, but I love that you make this with brown sugar! I might have to try it to see if my tastebuds have changed!

  3. First off, is that a TEA collection dress your daughter is wearing? I LOVE it! Second, YUM!

  4. Mmmmm, looks very tasty. Thank you for sharing. We will definitely try this one out.

  5. Mmm… banana bread is a big deal in our house. I must make it 2-3 times a month. Chocolate chips would be a fun and simple addition…. and the kids would probably go “nuts” for it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Mmmm, this looks and sounds delicious! Banana bread is such a fun treat. I have plenty of bananas right now; I may just have to make a batch.

  7. I really like chocolate chip banana bread and the brown sugar would just make it perfect.

  8. Yum that looks really good!

  9. She’s such a good helper, and I can see she’s a fine baker too. Yummy!

  10. I am notorious at screwing up banana bread so I would use this recipe for muffins.
    (those I don’t screw up!)
    This looks SO yummy!

  11. Just wanted to say hi to everyone as it is my first time joining in here. The banana bread does look yummy, wish I had some now to go with my cuppa!

  12. Yum! I love banana bread, this version looks so delicious!

  13. I LOVE banana bread. Must try this one as I’ve never done one using brown sugar. Yum!

  14. I love love love banana bread! Can’t wait to try this twist on the recipe.

  15. This sounds delicious! I love cooking and creating with my girls! I grew up in the kitchen with mom and both of my grandmas and treasure those memories like nothing else <3

  16. catlin says

    You forgot to put the cinnamon in the directions


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