Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

So one of the struggles I have keeping up with the blog is time. I try really hard not to work on projects while the kids are awake because I feel like I’m not giving them my undivided attention. Well the other day I wanted to drop by a little gift to a friend of mine. Me and the kids were bored (so ready for AZ summers to be over)… so I decided that we’ll make some banana bread together. As much as my son LOVES to help.. I usually try to make things while he’s asleep. He is only two.. so his way of “helping” usually creates a complete mess.

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However that day I decided … what the heck? He had so much fun helping me make this enemy pie… I knew he would have a great time making banana bread. He was the “masher” and the “dumper”. And boy did those bananas get mashed! At the end of the day there was bananas smashed on the floor, and flour dust still on the counters… but do you know what I’ve realized. It doesn’t matter! I’m teaching my son… and we had a great time together! I’m excited to find more projects we can work on together.

Cinnamon chip banana bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 11/3 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans (optional - I left these out!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Then mix in eggs, vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Fold in bananas, nuts, and chocolate chips. Pour into 2 large loaf pans or 4 small loaf pans. You can also make 24 muffins. Bake for 1 hour in a loaf pan, 35-45 minutes in a small loaf pan or 25 min in a muffin pan. You want the bread to be lightly browned. Make sure it comes clean with a toothpick.
  2. Once the bread is cooked, remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
  3. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/cinnamon-chip-banana-bread/

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My son also helped me make tags for the bread while it was cooling. To make the tags I used the Possibilities line from Lifestyle Crafts and distressed the edges a little with distressing ink.

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We had a great time together! And you know what… the ink happily came off the table (thank goodness)!

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“Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.”

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday! Thanks so much for reading!

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Comments

  1. Yum, it looks soo good! I’m a sucker for pumpkin bread, actually any bread! :) Can’t wait to try the recipe…cute tags and wraps!

    posted by Casey on August 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm (#
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    • haha me too! bread is my weakness for sure!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm (#
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  2. Looks yummy! I feel the same way, everytime I get my mixer out the boys come running to “help”! Depends what I’m making but most times I let them make a mess!

    posted by Dorangela on August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm (#
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    • Yup the kiddos love to help their mama’s! :) Hope you’re having a great weekend! hugs!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm (#
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  3. So lovely, Jamielyn!!! You’re such a good mom…;)
    Can’t wait to try that recipe! My mouth is watering just looking at your photos…;)

    posted by Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl on August 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm (#
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    • Thanks Maggie! You’ll have to try it! Super yummy! Hugs!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm (#
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  4. Looks DELISH!! :D

    posted by Kristyn on August 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm (#
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    • Thanks Kristyn! Hugs!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm (#
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  5. Hey Jamie,
    I totally know what you mean. Aiden is hard to work with sometimes but he and I just got done washing dishes and making your salsa and we had a blast. He loves it when I let him help and he hugs me and says “I wuv you too!” It makes my heart melt and it motivates me to let him help next time. Besides, it would be really cool if he still likes to do the dishes when he is 10! lol… btw I Love the Pics of this post, Beautiful. next on my goals is to improve my picture taking. Anyway have a great day. Thanks for your daily inspiration.

    posted by Trulie on August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm (#
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    • ahh isn’t that the best hearing “i wuv you!” And thank you! :)

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  6. And boy was it delish! Thanks Jamielyn for bringing it by, it was gone in an hour! Lol :)

    posted by Jennifer on August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm (#
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  7. Sometimes the hardest thing to do as a parent is to let our kids make a mess! But you’re right, you’re teaching him a valuable skill and having fun while you’re at it. You can always vacuum the flower out of the carpet :) And your quote at the end…I have that phrase on a plaque hanging in my kitchen!!!

    posted by Rebecca@This Present Life on August 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm (#
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    • I totally agree! That’s so fun you have that quote. Love it!

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  8. That’s a great attitude to have. Sometimes you have to change your way of thinking when it comes to the “interruptions” when trying to get things done. I love those inky little fingers!

    posted by Shona on August 4, 2011 at 7:26 am (#
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    • Definitely agree! Thanks for commenting. Have a great weekend!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm (#
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  9. You are absolutely right about letting things go..its so worth it! We LOVE banana bread I usually always do mini chocolate chips ;) but I would love to try the cinnamon ones!

    posted by Denissa on August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am (#
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    • We love banana bread at our house too!! YUM!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm (#
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  10. Flour dust, smashed bananas and a bit of ink – that’s just another day in Mom & Child team’s performance :D
    BTW, the recipe sounds yummy (as always), can’t wait to try it out!

    posted by Valentina@baby quilts on August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am (#
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    • haha totally agree! hope your having a great weekend!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm (#
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  11. totally know what you mean about little “Helpers!” but you are SO RIGHT… who cares if they make a mess or even mess up the recipe! They’re kids and they LOVE to help and learn! Thanks for sharing this (and the recipe -haha!) I need to incorporate my kids more into my crafts and projects.

    posted by Mallory on August 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm (#
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    • TOTALLY agree! Hope your enjoying NY! xoxo!!

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm (#
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  12. Looks delicious and totally cute!! I can relate about little helpers… Too hard to say no to them when they love it so much, right?

    posted by Aimee @ Paging Supermom on August 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm (#
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    • Thanks Aimee! I agree.. it is hard to say no. Hope you’re having a great weekend! xo

      posted by Jamielyn on August 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm (#
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  13. Love this post…brings back many fond memories when our daughters were little!!! The wrapping and tag are perfect and could you perhaps give some details on the wrapping? Many thanks and enjoy creating with your little guy!

    posted by Dale on August 9, 2011 at 6:58 am (#
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    • Thanks Dale! For the wrapping I actually just used printer paper (81/2 by 11) for the base and cut it down to 5 in. Then I found the scroll paper from Jo-Anns.. (you don’t want a cardstock, just something thin). I cut the scroll paper to 4 in, glued it on top of the white paper, distressed the edges a little with distress ink, wrapped it around the bread and then tied it all together with bakers twine. :)

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  14. sounds like our crazy home! lol we love making peanut butter cookies just so Gavin can “smash” them with a fork. and you know it doesn’t stop there haha
    thumbs up!
    Linda

    posted by linda @ craftaholics anonymous on August 9, 2011 at 10:16 am (#
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  15. Looks delicious, and I adore the personal touch with the tag. Thanks for sharing!

    posted by Johnnie on August 9, 2011 at 11:57 am (#
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  16. Yum! Looks good!
    Jen

    posted by Jen on August 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm (#
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  17. Yum!

    posted by Vivienne @ The V Spot on August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am (#
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  18. I have some bananas just begging to be bread, but, where do you get the Cinnamon Chips? I have never heard of them and they sound AMAZING!

    posted by Samantha Studebaker on June 18, 2012 at 11:11 am (#
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  19. Where do you find cinnamon chips?! I found them once at a Lee’s but now I live no where near Lee’s!

    posted by demi on August 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm (#
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    • I find them at Albertson’s. They need to sell them at more stores… they are so good!

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  20. Okay, I’m confused. It says cinnamon chip bread but your recipe calls for chocolate and there isn’t any cinnamon listed. Is it supposed to be cinnamon chips in place of chocolate or both? I can’t wait to make this!! Thanks in advance.

    posted by Kim on May 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm (#
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    • Ooops! Thank you for catching that Kim, it is supposed to be cinnamon chips! I will change that right now! :)

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