Make with kids: banana and walnut cake recipe

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Cook this banana and walnut cake with your children with our step-by-step recipe which shows you what parts you have to do and what parts your kids can do

Close up of banana walnut bread with walnuts and freshly cut banana
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Makes8 slices
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Our special cooking with kids recipe will show you exactly how to make this banana bread with your children, with special steps for you and for them. 

We all want our children to eat their five-a-day, but realistically we know that fussiness stops them all too often. Whether texture, taste of smell, there’s always something that stands in their way, but this recipe is sure to convince them of the simple pleasures of cake but with the added extra of nutritious banana. Make sure they’re super ripe, the blacker the skin, the better. If anyone doesn't like nuts or has allergies, simply swap for chopped dried apricots for extra sweet chewiness.


  • 100g softened butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 bananas
  • 85g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 50ml milk




  1. Mum or Dad: Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, and grease again.
  2. Mum or Dad and child together: Weigh all of the ingredients ready.
  3. Child: In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg with a wooden spoon, then slowly mix in the flour and baking powder. Peel and mash the bananas up with a fork and mix everything together, adding the nuts, too.
  4. Mum or Dad: Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin.
Top Tip for making Make with kids: banana and walnut cake

Once cool, you can freeze the cooked loaf for up to a month.

Anneliese Giggins
Freelance food writer

Author, writer and Mum of three, Anneliese Giggins has been creating recipes for for the past 9 years. She has also created food-related content for household names such as Daily Mail, Daily Express and Her most successful to date was how to feed a family of 4 on £20 a week