Kids in the Kitchen – Our Favorite Banana Bread {Allergy-Friendly}

Bananas are one of my go-to snacks and I love using them in recipes whenever I can. I was bummed when I had to cut them out of our diets a few months back because we suspected my daughter may be reacting to them with a little bit of redness & eczema.

Recently though the doctor suggested we give them another try so I’m slowly adding bananas back into my diet (with fingers crossed) and keeping a food journal to see if they have any reaction in my daughter through my breast milk. And, so far, so good!  I even got her involved in baking with them this week and she loved being a part of the process!

For this weeks Kids in the Kitchen I’m sharing “Our Favorite Banana Bread” experience and recipe with you.


I’ve tweaked this recipe a bunch of different times and finally came up with the version below.

I love making with sunflower seeds (an easy way to sneak in some protein, vitamins, and minerals) and Enjoy-life chocolate chips (because everything tastes better with chocolate.)

It is best to use bananas that are well-ripened, like those pictured to the right.  You’ll see my daughter testing these out to make sure they were okay 🙂  

Since she’s still a little one I got her involved by pulling her high chair and a small table over into the kitchen area and had her do the mashing of the bananas.  She had a blast doing this, as you can see from the photo below.  {Pardon the blurriness} it was great to catch her “in action,” and really enjoying helping Mommy by mashing the bananas.


 Watch her mash!


It was such a fun experience making “Our Favorite Banana Bread” together.  Even though her help in the process wasn’t all too grand we made some fun memories together and I’ll never forget how determined she was to mash the bananas.  It is during times like this when you learn things about your child and one of the best parts was seeing the smile on her face after she completed her task.  She was proud of what she accomplished and loved helping me!

Give the recipe a try with or without your children, you won’t believe how moist this banana bread is without eggs and milk. I love that it’s a quick, no-fail recipe that I can easily double, make two loaves at once, and freeze one.  My daughter had a lot of fun being involved in this process with me too this time.  I cannot wait to get her involved more!

Note: I have made it both with and without gluten-free flour and it tastes great both ways. As always, sure to check your ingredients are safe for your allergies prior to making.

Our Favorite Banana Bread {Allergy-Friendly}
Yields 1
An easy, very moist banana bread that can be easily adjusted to your allergies. Free from eggs, milk and soy. Further additions include: sunflower seeds or walnuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon or vanilla.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
  1. 2/3 cup sugar ( white or brown sugar)
  2. 1/3 cup oil
  3. 2 cup all purpose flour (gluten-free flour can be substituted)
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  6. 1 cup {well ripened} mashed bananas
  7. Optional ingredients: 1 cup sunflower seeds or 1 cup finely chopped walnuts. 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Cinnamon or Vanilla (as desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash well ripened bananas in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix baking powder, baking soda, flour and sugar.
  4. Add mashed bananas and oil . Stir well. The batter will be very thick.
  5. Spoon ingredients into a greased 9x5x3" loaf pan or muffin tins.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 minutes for a loaf or 20 to 30 minutes for muffins.
  7. Insert a tooth pick to check if done.
  1. ~ 3 medium bananas = 1 cup mashed bananas;
  2. This bread freezes well so I typically make 2 loaves and freeze one. Just defrost in the refrigeration.
  3. I love making with sunflower seeds and {enjoy-life} chocolate chips.
  4. This recipe also does well as muffins.
Busy Bee Kate


Come join me and my co-hosts, Melinda of LookWhatMomFound…andDadtoo!Sarah of Play to Learn with SarahPaula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly SaraReesa at Momma Lew, and Jeannette from EcoIncognito each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

– picking fruit and using in recipes

– preparing healthy snacks

teaching about colors, shapes, sizes and textures with food

– having a tea party

– trying a new recipe together

– pouring from measuring cups

– creating new family friendly recipes

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Love, Kate

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