homemade banana bread with my boys.

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i love seeing my man sporting an apron in the kitchen cooking something yummy. and what i love even more than that, is seeing all three of my boys in the kitchen in aprons cooking something yummy together! while josh loves to cook, i’m usually the one who bakes in our house, so when he took the lead in making banana bread the other morning, i was extra excited about the entire thing. (truth be told, he just doesn’t like seeing any food go to waste in our home and as the bananas were getting overly ripened even with all the banana-eating monsters in our home, eh-hem conrad i’m looking at you!, he knew he had to save them. bless him for saving the bananas and also making the apartment smell incredible for the following couple of hours.)

i was trying to get some work done in the other room while the boys baked, but i popped into the kitchen a few times during to snap some photos because i love a good photo and it was just the sweetest thing ever. and also, i don’t like being left out and wanted in on the fun, too. ;) i am so so thankful for the patience josh brings into our parenting, and how he doesn’t just plop the kids up on the counter to watch him bake quickly, but he invites them to do every step of the process on their own while he oversees and encourages. it’s something both josh and i are very passionate about when it comes to doing things with our kids, but i just love standing back and witnessing it sometimes.

i’ve also included the recipe below at the end of the post, for anyone who has ripe bananas in their home and wants to try a good recipe! this one is really yummy, and we love it. josh and i have been a little more lenient on our sugar rules with the holidays approaching, still trying to be good as much as we can but taking things on a case by case basis these right now. holidays and baked goods are what my dreams are made of. i just can’t deny my love of them this time of year.

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banana bread recipe

ingredients:
4 ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
8 tablespoons soft butter
2 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

instructions:
1. preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. grease a loaf pan (we brush butter up the sides!)
3. in a large bowl, combine wet ingredients: butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and then mashed up bananas
4. add dry ingredients to the wet: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt
5. put the batter into the greased loaf pan
6. drop clumps of brown sugar all over the top of the uncooked loaf
7. bake for 65-75 minutes, but use your nose to make sure it doesn’t burn! when your kitchen smells really amazing, then it’s about 5-10 minutes before it’s time to pull it out
8. when you pull it out to check it, try the old toothpick trick to see if the center is done (when you poke it with a toothpick, it should come out clean, not gooey)

also, please note that i suggest adding a billion cups chocolate chips (ok, two cups) when making this, but that’s just me. also please note that josh sprinkles additional brown sugar on top of the loaf before baking which seriously MAKES THIS BREAD MORE HEAVENLY THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE and if you’re not gonna bring out the chocolate chips for something like this, brown sugar on top is next best, i suppose.

  1. bridget

    looks so good. i love banana bread. we just always finish the bananas before they go ripe!!! (love that shot of conrad’s little foot)

  2. brittany

    conrad in the apron! so sweet. and samson looks like such a big kid!
    oh, and yes, chocolate chips all the way!

    xo, brittany
    current vibes for mama + babe on my blog today
    http://www.notablob.com

  3. Conrad is so happy with his little apron!! He is so expresive

    It’s look so yummy!! Could you, please, send me one slide?? Merci :)

    Kisses from France

    http://www.mapetitetribu.com

  4. mimi

    you don´t say nothing about the elections??

  5. Jen

    Hi taza, just to clarify, do you mix in both kinds of sugar, and use extra brown sugar at the end to sprinkle on top?

    • TAZA

      yes! sorry, use both kinds of sugars when making! then sprinkle additional on top at the end before baking!

  6. Julie

    Are you guys eating sugar again?

  7. Jen

    Thank you! Perfect timing as I have some ripe bananas I need to use up, thanks for sharing!

  8. Carly

    Those boys look amazing in their aprons! And those little smiles are just so sweet.

    Love that Josh took the lead on a baking project and got the boys involved. He seems like such a wonderful dad.

    Carly from http://www.AModernMomBlog.com

  9. Caitlin

    This is so cute and I’m dying over those little toes! There is nothing better than making fresh banana bread on a fall day! I love that baking is something you can do as a family!

  10. Elishia

    How do I encourage my husband to cook? He’s into baking (but not since we moved to NYC… kitchens to small apparently) and has been saying he knows he should learn.

    http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

  11. Karolina

    Hmmmm that looks perfect, i can almost smell it! My boys (3 and 5) are also little helpers and they are really proud, to be part of the whole process. They learn a lot of things by the way!

    I just watched your last video about parenting and I think it is very important to let kids help and let them do as much as they can on their own, even if it takes a little bit longer. So, you two are doing a great job ;)

    Greetings from Germany!

    PS: If you haven’t tried it yet, you can also freeze those super ripe bananas. Just cut them and freeze first on baking paper, so they won’t stick together. Then transfer into another container oder freezing bag.

  12. sally mae

    please give tips on how you get Conrad to sit for a haircut!?!? My 20 month old is impossible!

  13. Mollie

    Mmm, banana bread so cozy this time of year! Also, every bread is better with chocolate chips, so why not?! :)

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  14. Cindy Wong

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve made banana bread a few times this week already and use a similar recipe – it’s such a great use of overripe bananas!

  15. Meg

    This looks delicious! Just to clarify, the recipe listed yields one loaf, correct? I see the two loaves in the picture, and wasn’t sure if that was double the listed recipe (i.e., 8 bananas?)
    Thanks! Can’t wait to try it :)

  16. Starla

    If you find yourself with a lot of bananas and don’t have time to make banana bread, peel the bananas and put them in a Ziploc bag. Then throw them in smoothies!

  17. Starla

    Oops, I meant peel the bananas, put them in Ziplocs and put them in the FREEZER. Then throw them in smoothies. :)

  18. Paige

    I’m convinced banana bread is manna from heaven. I’m going to have to try your recipe soon!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  19. Alison P

    No comments on the election result? I was hoping you’d have something insightful to say.

  20. Kylie

    I love a good banana bread and I especially love that this one doesn’t have nuts in it! I’m the one weird person who only likes juts by themselves and not in things. I’m definitely going to try sprinkling the top with brown sugar, that sounds so yummy!

  21. Krista

    I am SOOOO making this! I’ve never thought of putting brown sugar on top, but I will now! Thanks for sharing and great pics as always :)

  22. Lauren

    mmm, banana bread is one of my favourite things to bake! i’ll need to try sprinkling brown sugar on the top next time :)

    helloitscherry.blogspot.com

  23. Lisa

    Conrad’s face in the first picture is everything! <3

  24. carrie

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe…
    Where are the cute aprons from?

  25. Patricia

    How sweet this scene! And the bread seems to be delicious!

  26. Michelle

    Cutest pictures ever!!!! I love how you capture these moments! Josh and you guys should create a cooking channel on youtube, with all your amazing recipes! The kiddos would make it so adorable! Love you guys! Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious!

  27. Madeleine

    So cute! Thanks for the recipe! I’ll be making this for a girly mountain trip next weekend :) You know what’s also amazingon banana bread? CREAM CHEESE!!! Not so good for you (obviously), but you need the frosting, right?

  28. Lindsay

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a new banana bread recipe and can’t wait to try this one! Does this yield one loaf or two? I tried to figure out if you were doubling the recipe based on the photos but just couldn’t tell how many bananas were in that bowl, hahah!

  29. Julie

    Hi Taza, I love a good banana bread. Funnily enough we also baked a banana bread with my boy this week. It was the youngest member of your tribe’s 2nd birthday (she is like Conrad, she loves bananas) and we made it for her yesterday. It smelled so heavenly and I love how it teaches the kids, precision, concentration, numbers and patience at the same time. My son who is 7 now is really capable of doing so much without me and he loves baking with me. Actually at home the kids have to take turn to bake with me as they all love doing it and I love having just one at a time (so they get a bit of special attention from me and it’s a bit less messy with one child to supervise at a time). I will give a try to your recipe. The one I use is so lovely as it’s really moist (https://jafinthebox.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/the-best-banana-loaf/).
    Have a lovely weekend. Much love from London, Julie

    http://www.jafinthebox.wordpress.com

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  31. Lauren

    Love this. Any ideas how to modify for muffins? Thanks!

  32. LOVE that picture of the cute, chubby foot! I love baking with the kids. My husband DOES cook but doesn’t get that involved. Wear an apron? Never! That’s the old school Italian in him!lol

  33. Ali Hillaby

    Seriously the best banana bread in the whole world. Doubled the recipe and second loaf is almost 1/2 done!

  34. Kellianne

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been cautiously exploring the big bad world of baking so this will be fun to try.

    Unrelated question for you (sorry) on NYC living with your kiddos: where do you store their outgrown clothes? Or maybe you don’t, and just replace? I’ve scoured the internet and found nothing so far on how to deal with the boxes on boxes of “0-3 mo, boy”, “6-9 mo, girl” that are piling up at our place. I hate to toss them, since we plan on our growing our family, but where on earth to put them?

    Anyways, as a mom of three who’s done this city gig a while, I hoped you might have ideas.

    Thank you!

  35. Kelly

    This look and sounds incredible plus your boys are adorable!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  36. Sherryn

    Thank you so much for sharing this! We used our overripe bananas to whip this up yesterday, and it’s already half gone1

  37. Joanna

    Next time you bake it add desiccated coconut AND chocolate chips. You won’t be disappointed!

  38. Neha

    Looks yummy! going to try this with my daughter. A comment you made in your post really stuck out to me “i am so so thankful for the patience josh brings into our parenting”

    As working parents in New York we can at time forget how important it is to be patient with you kids. This was truly a great read

  39. jamie flynn

    OMG Conrad’s face in that first photo…worth a whole post in itself. Thanks for always being a sunshiny place on the internet. I look forward to visiting every day.