I think you’d be hard pressed to find a mom who doesn’t utilize bananas. Seems like all kids love ‘em. (Okay, I know there are people that hate bananas! But that’s okay!). I love how banana come in their own bright yellow packaging! Great for eating on the run.
I had the chance to work with Chiquita brand, not like it was hard, because we usually always have bananas in the house. I was sent a fun Chiquita Mom kit:
I LOVE taking that bright yellow grocery bag to the store with me – it makes QUITE the splash!
My husband’s favorite cake is his grandmother’s banana cake. So for my baby’s 1st birthday, I made a variation of that cake – but tried to health it up a little. Here’s the altered recipe (my husband said if you want the REAL recipe, you have to pay him!):
Health-ier Banana Cake
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup Sucanat
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour milk
- 1 T lime juice (could use lemon)
Mix dry ingredients:
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups mixed white & whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix briefly. Do not over mix. Fold in 3 mashed bananas.
- Pour into greased cake pans or muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes for cake, 20 minutes for cupcakes.
These cupcakes came out light and with a touch of sweetness and a good banana taste. The mix of applesauce and butter cut the fat and added sweetness (I also cut the sugar and substituted Sucanat from the original recipe). And mixing the two kinds of flour made the flavor not so “wheaty” but not quite as bad for you as all-white flour.
It’s not totally sugar/fat free, but I feel good that I can give my baby a “treat” on his birthday that is a little healthier than the typical birthday cake. Plus I made it from scratch!
You can find TONS of great banana recipes at the Chiquita website. The next one I want to try is this Healthy Chiquita Banana Pancake recipe – yum!
Guess what? One lucky reader will also win a Chiquita Mom Kit. Your free kit will include:
- Recipe Cards
- Chiquita Mom Brochure
- Chiquita Mom Freezer bags
- Chiquita Mom Tote
- Coupon for FREE BANANAS!! (expires March 31)
Disclosure: I was sent a product to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are 100% my own.