After School Snack: Banana Bread

My kids have been coming home from school ravenous. And I have not had a plan! The other day when Stephen was eating chocolate chips and Laurie was finishing off a bag of marshmallows I thought to myself - okay, it's time to get organized.

So today, in anticipation of hungry tummies, I made an old faithful - banana bread. Is there anything more homey than banana bread?! I love this recipe. I've experimented with different ones, but always come back to this one.

2 sticks butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients and pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake on 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown on top.

We ate an entire loaf! Me + the kids.

What are your kids favorite after school/ afternoon snacks? I need some inspiration.


  1. My kids are all grown.. but I did lots of banana and squash bread..We all loved it.. I did brownies a lot too..
    Your recipe looks so good. I wrote it down, I am going to try it. thanks for sharing.

  2. A small rice krispie treat with a dab of peanut butter....tasty and energized with protein!

  3. oh seriously, I have been struggling with after-school snacks! Thank you for this post - I need ideas too. The kids are hungry and cranky, but I also want them to hang on for supper when the meal is much more balanced.
    I will give them apples with peanut butter or whatever baked good is around - I usually make/keep something that goes in lunchboxes, although if I've packed it in their lunches that day, I don't usually give it as a snack. Sometimes I make popcorn for a snack and then any leftovers go in the lunches the next day. Sometimes peanuts and raisins (and if they're lucky, a few chocolate chips). The other day there was just a little bit of mac and cheese in the fridge, so they each had a small bowl to finish it up. If there are muffins left from breakfast, sometimes a muffin and a slice of cheese. . . actually, I try to keep the after-school snack kind of boring and definitely healthy. A truly hungry kid will eat any food in sight, so I take advantage of that and save the highly desirable snacks for bribery if we are running errands or to enhance an already special fun activity (going with mom to a prenatal appointment - leaving school early - storebought chocolate granola bars in the car!!!).

  4. I like to make banana bread with chocolate chips. Also, protein bites. And trail mix- rice chex, cashews, m&ms, raisins, etc.

  5. Oh, yeah...I consider it a Spooner staple!

  6. Just wanted to tell you thank you, for sharing your banana bread recipe.. It is absolutely the best ...
    I have made it twice now, and each time, came out fantastic.. The second loaf I made, I added some toasted pecans..It was good too..

  7. I have been trying to clean up my baking routines, and I just tried this with 1:1 subs whole wheat flour, cane sugar, and coconut oil and it is delicious :)


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