Easy Banana Muffins Recipe For Kids
We made these banana muffins on a spur of the moment decision during an afternoon with the kiddos. We’d been inside most of the day because it was raining all day, and we were all going a bit batty! So I decided to put the kids to work – and we ended up with this easy banana muffins recipe for kids.
But I couldn’t find any eggs in the nanny family kitchen. Oh no, not to worry, I’ll show you how you can substitute with whatever you might find in the nanny family’s kitchen. Here’s my favourite, go-to easy muffin recipe – you just simply can’t go wrong with it!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Features: freezable, child friendly, healthy, sugar free*
– 2 large bananas, mashed
– 1 cup of fresh berries, chopped (we used strawberries, but you can use any berries or even cherries)
– 2 cups of self raising flour
– ½ cup of brown sugar (you could also use rice malt syrup or agave syrup)
– ¼ cup of coconut sugar
– 1 cup of natural plain yoghurt… this is our secret tip to getting light, fluffy muffins. If you don’t have yoghurt, you can use buttermilk or a cup of milk mixed ahead of time with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
– 1 medium sized egg, lightly whisked
– ¼ cup of vegetable oil
What You’ll Need:
– Muffin trays
– Muffin / patty cake liners
– Eager children ready to eat and happy to help!
But don’t stress if you don’t have any – you can’t always be sure nanny families will have a perfectly stocked baking kitchen after all. *joking* Here’s a tip: cut decent sized squares out of baking paper and then insert into the lining of the muffin tray.
>>> Note: we didn’t have any eggs! Luckily I found a bag of chia seeds, and also an organic banana berry all natural fruit squeezie in the pantry. I emptied the squeezie into a bowl, and added the chia seeds and left them to soak whilst we were preparing the rest of the ingredients.
You could also use custard, bran meal soaked in water, or mashed dates soaked in a little bit of juice as an egg substitute to bind your muffins.
Make This Easy Banana Muffins Recipe For Kids
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Then have the children wash their hands, and pull up some stools for them to help you in the kitchen. Remember – safety first!
Step 2: Assemble your ingredients ahead of time to make it easier with little hands in your way, and line your muffin tins.
Step 3: Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and then add the fruit and stir lightly to combine.
Step 4: Add the yoghurt, oil and egg (and also your chia seed gel if like us, you don’t have eggs) and stir with a metal spoon until just combined. It should look and feel quite aerated (like the Dairy Milk bubbly chocolate) as the yogurt mixture will have leavened it.
As hard as it is when you’ve got little ones who want to take it in turns to mix the bowl, try not to mix it too much if you want perfect fluffy muffins.
Step 5: Spoon the batter into the muffin tins – you want the tins to be about ⅔ filled. If you’ve ended up with more batter than you have muffin tins, you can fill the tins more so that you’ll get bigger muffins. You’ll just need to add about 15 minutes more to the cook time.
Step 6: Let the kids lick the bowl (keeping them distracted and a safe distance from the oven door) whilst you place the muffin tray into the oven. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Depending on the size of my muffins, I usually cook them for about 20–22 minutes, so be sure to test as every oven is different.
“Check the muffins with a skewer to be sure – the skewer should come out dry and clean.”
Step 7: Whilst your banana muffins are cooling on a wire rack (remember to leave them just out of reach so impatient hands can’t get to them and accidentally burn themselves), you can tidy up and do the dishes.
Then re-heat your forgotten cup of tea in the microwave and snaffle at least one banana muffin yourself to enjoy before the kids get to them – you’ve earned yourself a 15 minute sit down!
“These muffins are also freezable, so they make perfect lunch box fillers.”
Cooking with the kids doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t always need to have a solid plan ahead of time. You also shouldn’t have to worry about bringing in ingredients yourself, or planning your activities ahead of time. If you’re feeling game, here’s an easy savoury muffin recipe the kids love too!
Just be creative with what you can find in the nanny family’s house. Or if you’re the organiser type like me, just ask your nanny family to pick up any ingredients you might need when they do their next grocery shop.
Doing fun activities like this with the kids are always great learning opportunities, and we guarantee they’ll enjoy the process just as much (if not more) than the outcome – don’t get too caught up in perfectionism. Just be creative and have fun!
For more fun ideas to do with the nanny kids, check out our no-cook playdough recipe.
>>> What are you doing today? Grab the kiddos, pull up a stool and get your chef hat on!