LILY BAKES: Banana Bread

The latest from our resident kid baker
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Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s recipe for Banana Bread:



I think Banana Bread will be fun for kids to make with their families because you get to add bananas or any fruit in the batter to add a special flavor. Adding the fruit on top will make it look great!—Lily


  • 1 cup light brown sugar; plus ¼ cup set aside 
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 4 ripe  bananas; 3 for mix and 1 to slice in half and set aside 
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, I used King Arthur
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar with butter. Add the bananas, sour cream,  maple extract, milk, and eggs until fully mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in batches until fully combined. 
  • Pour batter into a 9×5 inch loaf pan brushed with butter and place the sliced banana half on top.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until you can place a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. 
  • After resting for 10 minutes remove the bread from pan and allow to cool another 10 minutes before slicing. 
  • Serve with butter, hazelnut spread, or peanut butter!

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