What could be a better way to bond with your children than baking delicious goodies? You and your children will have lots of fun working together in harmony while preparing utensils and mixing ingredients as well as licking off the dough and icing off the used spoons and beaters. You’ll also have lots of opportunities to listen to your children’s stories as the smell of rising cake and cookie dough permeates the air. When the cookies, cakes and pies are done and ready to eat, you can let your children plan for the next baking event.
Aside from being able to eat sweets and spend time with you, baking also offers a lot of benefits for your children. Measuring ingredients, especially when in fraction form, by way of division, addition and multiplication helps increase your child’s comprehension in basic math. Waiting for the goodies to be done also teaches the child patience as well as understanding time telling.
Meticulousness and accuracy are instilled on children who had learned to bake at a young age. This is because in baking, the precise amount of ingredients and the order of the steps should be strictly followed to ensure successful and delicious creations.
Baking also ignites the curiosity of the child. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions like what makes the bread rise, what is the purpose of baking soda, how is flour made and so much more. All these questions only prove that they are genuinely interested in what they are doing and what is going on “behind the scenes”. If their thirst for knowledge had been fully satisfied, they should be able to experiment with recipes when they are older thus creating unique treats and desserts.
If you feel that your kids are ready to bake (with your supervision, of course), let them make this mouth watering Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Cookie Butter Swirls.
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1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 VERY ripe bananas (mashed), ½ cup creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup canola oil, 1 egg, ¾ cups Reese’s PB cups (chopped), 1/3 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet) and 3 heaping tablespoons cookie butter.
Note: cookie butter can be alternated with Nutella if preferred.
Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick spray. Set it aside and preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, mix baking soda, flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside and grab another large bowl to whisk together the peanut butter, oil, bananas, and sugars. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with wet ingredients and combine. Fold in PB cups and chocolate chips. Do not overmix or your bread will come out tough.
Spread the batter into the loaf pan and add the tablespoons of cookie butter on top. Swirl it using a knife.
Bake the bread for about 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the pan cool for 10 minutes before loosening the edges with a knife. And you’re done!