My kids are banana bread lovers all year long but now that North Carolina apple season is upon us, we look for ways to put apples in everything. Why not add some apples to banana bread to make apple banana bread? Prepping apples is also a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Peeling and chopping can be a great job for little people.
This recipe is very kid-friendly – my 9 year old pretty much followed the entire recipe from start-to-finish all by herself. And, yes, she is cutting that apple with a steak knife…
For this recipe, we took a super simple banana bread recipe using gluten-free flour and added about 3 chopped apples. We didn’t add in any nuts this time, but chopped walnuts would be a delicious addition.
You probably have most of the ingredients on hand – sugar, flour, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla – all you need are some super-ripe bananas. If I get too many brown bananas, I toss them in the freezer so I always can whip up a quick banana bread. For this recipe we used 4 very, very brown frozen bananas. They don’t have to look pretty to work their magic in this bread.
This bread tastes great warm right out of the over or cold with a little smear of cream cheese for breakfast… Enjoy!
Apple Banana Bread
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter , softened
- 3 to 4 very ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Cup4Cup)
- 2 to 3 apples , peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped (optional)
- Cream sugar, egg, and butter in a stand mixer.
- Add ripe bananas and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
- Gently fold in chopped apples.
- Pour into a greased bread load pan. Smooth the top with your spatula.
- Bake for an hour at 350 degrees. Test with a cake tester or a knife to make sure that the bread is cooked all the way through the middle.