Kids in the kitchen - Banana bread recipe

Cooking with children has many benefits.

It’s a fun activity that keeps them entertained, can spark an interest in food and teaches lifelong skills. It also helps to develop healthy eating habits, allowing children to learn about and try different foods. [1]

Why not get your kids in the kitchen with this healthy and delicious banana bread?

Banana Bread

Makes one loaf
Preparation time:
15 minutes
Cooking time:
50-60 minutes


1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey (do not use honey if making for children under 12 months old)

2 eggs

3 medium ripe bananas

200 grams natural yoghurt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

250 grams wholemeal self-raising flour

1 teaspoon mixed spice



Preheat the oven to 180°Celsius. Grease and line an 11 by 21 centimetre loaf tin with baking paper.

Using an electric beater, blend the oil and honey until well mixed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and stir in the yoghurt. Fold through egg mixture. Fold flour and mixed spice into mixture.

Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Remove from oven. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.


  • Add a handful of chopped nuts or seeds to the mixture for some healthy fats.
  • Kids love this banana bread for breakfast, toasted and topped with a scrape of their favourite spread.
  • Encourage your child to help. Even toddlers can join in to stir the yoghurt!


[1] Raising Children. (2019) Cooking with kids (accessed on 20 April 2020).

Page last updated: Friday, 18 March 2022