Getting out of the house when you are a stay at home is a must. Just as important is finding some other moms to connect with. Building a tribe of supportive mom-friends is never easy. Thankfully, I”ve been able to combine getting out of the house and building my tribe by going to my church’s Playgroup.
Playgroup is literally my sanity-saver. The kids play and the moms (and dads) hang out and drink coffee. Really what could be better.
This year I volunteered to bring snack once a month. Usually, they ask for a loaf of some kind. So I busted out my favourite banana bread recipe and got to work.
The best part of this recipe is that it’s so versatile. I literally use it for everything, banana bread, muffins, donuts and even cupcakes. I severed these banana cupcakes at my wedding, each filled with smooth caramel and topped with a delicious buttercream.
It also freezes really well. I actually made several batches (5 to be exact) and froze them. That way I won’t have to worry about remembering to make something until the new year. I made some loaves but also some mini muffins and donut holes for playgroup. They are all ready for our next trip to playgroup!
- ½ cup butter
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3-4 banana, mashed
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Beat egg and cream together with butter, sugar, and brown sugar
- Add vanilla, baking soda and mashed bananas, mix until combined.
- Add the flour, mix until combined but don’t ‘over mix. You’ll get ended up with a bread or muffin that is dense. Only mix enough to combined all ingredients.
- Pour into a loaf pan, muffin tins or baking mold. Bake until cooked through.
- a loaf typically takes about an hour to bake
- regular muffins or cupcakes take about 20 minutes
- mini-muffins and donut holes take about 8 minutes
- all bake times are approximate, give or take a few minutes