We buy bananas a lot, some of my kids like them (I have four – kids that is). But, there seems to be always one or two left over. So what do you do? The classic answer is make banana bread but if you only have one or two (you usually need at least three bananas to make the bread), save the banana bread making for a rainy day. Simply, put the bananas in the freezer, peel and all. They will turn blackish in color but I assure you they are fine and cook very well in bread.

When I do make the banana bread (with the help of my four-year old daughter), I use a classic recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook (Ours is circa 1988). Any recipe will do and I’m sure you can find plenty online. Here is a good one from allrecipes.com. But, this is where I mix it up a little. Usually the recipe will call for 2 eggs, I substitute a half an avocado for one egg. This makes the bread very moist and I do this in most of the quick breads that I make. If you want to go vegan with this then just use the whole avocado in lieu of the eggs. It won’t rise as well but it is still very good. I also fold in chocolate chips at the end, because my kids love chocolate. I have found you can basically feed kids anything if there are chocolate chips in it. I use Ghiradelli’s 60% cacao chips, gives the bread a much richer flavor. Costco sells the 5 lb bag – more bang for your buck. Also, sometimes I will skip the bread pan and put the batter into muffin tins. I use a mini muffin pan for the kids – they love the individual domes of chocolaty, banana goodness.