A (3y) is very much into baking at the moment and I thought I would share a couple of  recipes that he has enjoyed making recently. They both have one thing in common: they provide a great way to use up those overripe bananas that usually end up in the compost.


Fruity Flapjack (makes 12-16)

5oz (150g) margarine

5oz (150g) soft brown sugar

4 tblsp clear honey/golden syrup

12oz (350g) porridge oats

2oz (50g) sultanas

2oz (50g) glace cherries

2oz (50g) sunflower seeds

2 small ripe bananas, peeled and mashed



1. Weigh out the butter, sugar and honey into a bowl and melt in the microwave. This is a great opportunity to introduce some early number work and also to talk about weight.


2. Mash your bananas – you can use a fork, a potato masher or simply squeeze with little fingers! Very satisfying…

4. Add the banana, oats, sultanas, cherries and sunflower seeds to the melted ingredients and mix well. Ask lots of questions: what does it feel like? what does it smell like?


5. Press into a baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes @ 170C/Gas Mark 5. Involve your toddler in timing the baking.

6. Mark into 12-16 pieces with a blunt knife while warm and then leave in the tin to cool.



Monkey Buns (makes 24)

4oz margarine

8oz SR flour

4oz soft brown sugar

6oz raisins

2 eggs

2 tblsp syrup/honey (we omitted this because our bananas were VERY ripe!)

3 mashed bananas



1. Line bun tins with cases (don’t forget to count!), weigh out ingredients (a bit more, a bit less, just right) and mash your bananas.


2. Rub margarine and flour to breadcrumbs and stir in the sugar and raisins. Talk about the different textures and smells.

4. Add the eggs, honey/syrup and mashed banana and stir. Top tip: get your toddler to break the eggs into a separate bowl – this makes it a lot easier to fish any shell out!


5. Spoon into bun cases. Top tip: if your toddler gets a lot of mixture on the top of the trays, it’s easier to wipe it off now with a damp cloth than allow it to bake on.


6. Bake @ 180C for 15 minutes and enjoy!


Baking provides a great sensory experience for children: they get to feel all the wonderful textures, smell it baking in the oven and then taste the finished product!



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