Baking with a toddler – chocolate banana bread

Nerys slept for over 3 hours today.  I’m sure this is normal for some 2 month old babies, but it’s pretty epic for her as she is normally more of a cat-napper!

So Rhys and I took advantage of the situation and had some lovely, quality time together baking.  I’ve recently discovered that he really enjoys baking, especially helping me scoop out flour and sugar into the scales to weigh them.  And I’m loving eating the results!

We had a couple of really quite ripe bananas that needed to be rescued before they ended up in the food waste, so I jumped on Google for an easy banana bread recipe and found one by Mary Berry on this blog – The Queen of everything.  It looked nice and simple and had no crazy extra ingredients that would involve a trip to the supermarket.  

I tweaked it a bit to include some cocoa powder and chocolate chips to satisfy my sweet tooth but other than that I followed it to the letter and I have to say, it’s pretty tasty!

So here is the recipe for my take on a chocolate banana bread:


100g Softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
225g Self Raising Flour
About 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Handful of chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 tablespoons Milk
A few teaspoons of brown sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. 
3. Measure all the ingredients into a mixing bowl in the order they’re listed above and mix together.
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface
5. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top to give it a nice crunchy finish!
6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown.  A skewer or knife inserted in the centre should come out clean when the loaf is ready.
7. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn it out and leave it to cool on a wire rack (or just a wooden chopping board if you’re like me and don’t have a wire rack!)

So there you have it, nice and easy and pretty darn tasty!  If you give it a go for yourself leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!  Or if you think you have an even better recipe then please share it with me!

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