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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.

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


  • 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!)


  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!


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.


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


“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!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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34 Responses to “Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread”

  1. Casey

    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!

  2. Dorangela

    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!

  3. Trulie

    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.

  4. Jennifer

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

  5. Rebecca@This Present Life

    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!!!

  6. Shona

    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!

  7. Denissa

    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!

  8. Valentina@baby quilts

    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!

  9. Mallory

    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.

  10. Dale

    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!

    • Jamielyn

      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. :)

  11. Samantha Studebaker

    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!

  12. Kim

    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.

    • Jamielyn

      Ooops! Thank you for catching that Kim, it is supposed to be cinnamon chips! I will change that right now! :)