Time to bake: Banana and blueberry bread


Baking is something I have done since I was a little girl. It started off with watching my mum bake cakes, to making those from the box cupcakes and then on to baking cakes from scratch myself. I have so many fond memories of baking with my mum and I couldn’t wait any longer to introduce Leo to the fun of baking.

Leo and I spent yesterday afternoon baking banana and blueberry bread, a slightly healthier option to cupcakes and there were lots of steps to the recipe that Leo could join in with.

So here it is..

Banana and blueberry bread

– 3 ripe bananas
– 1/3 cup melted butter
– 3/4 cup caster sugar
– 1 beaten egg
– 1 tsp vanilla (I used almond extract as that’s all I could find in Lidl!)
– 1 1/2 cup flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– Pinch of salt
– 3/4 cup blueberries

** If you don’t have scales like mine that have all different measuring units then don’t worry, you can convert these American cups to your preffered units here **


1. Mash up bananas using a potato masher.

This is the fun bit and Leo loved getting involved. He was more interested in eating the bananas rather than mashing them up but he soon got the hang of it!

2. Mix in the egg, butter and vanilla extract.
My little helper enjoyed mixing up the slushy ingredients but I had to keep an eye on him as he kept trying to eat it off the giant spoon. A toddler and a raw egg is not a good mix!
3. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking soda together then fold in the blueberries.
I did this as there was no way I could cope with flour all over the kitchen!
4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mix and stir together until all ingredients are blended together and it resembles a kind of dough- I kind of just guessed when it looked right!
Leo helped me stir everything together but he kept pinching blueberries when he thought I wouldn’t notice.

5. Put mixture into a greased loaf tin (or if like me you don’t have a loaf tin just use a baking tray) and cook for an hour on gas mark 4, until cooked all through the centre. If you’re not
sure then stick a thin knife in it, if it comes out wet then it’s not done.

Before the bread went in the oven Leo had one last attempt at stealing a blueberry.

6. Remove from the oven, leave to cool then remove bread from the tin/tray.

7. Eat and enjoy!

This recipe is soo easy and your little one can easily get involved too! I thought I would find baking with Leo quite stressful but we both had loads of fun. Whenever Leo got bored he just went and played with toys and came back once he felt like helping again.

The banana and blueberry bread is really yummy and there is less than a third of it left today so we must make a good team in the kitchen.

** I followed this recipe from alaskafromscratch , making a few alterations to make it easier from me and Leo **

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  1. June 2, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    My little one loves bananas and he loves blueberries. I hadn't thought about combining them both and making bread. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. #TwinklyTuesday

  2. June 3, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Thank you. Leo loves bananas but hates blueberries so I Googled recipes using both to see if I could sneakily get him to eat them….It worked He even ate them before the bread went in, I think me telling him not to eat them made him want to more!xx

  3. Emmas Mamma
    June 3, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Yum! I love making banana bread but never thought to put blueberries in! Will definitely have to try! x

  4. June 6, 2015 / 7:47 am

    It's soo nice. I always have bananas and blueberries on my weetabix so knew it would make a good combo xx

  5. June 6, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Sadly, my children dislike both bananas and blueberries. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  6. June 7, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    You could just make it for yourself..a Mummy treat!xx