But I guarantee if you have picky eaters at home, this is one easy way to trick them into eating fruit. Okay, so banana bread isn’t a fruit — you guys are so technical — but it is a sneaky way to get them to eat a fruit product. And let’s all agree that Funfetti Banana Bread tastes a helluva lot better than a plate of boring green beans, am I right? (Yes, yes I am).
When I was a kid I wasn’t a picky eater at all. I ate everything under the sun and loved trying new foods. Case in point: one of my favorite snacks growing up was braunschweiger on saltine crackers. What is ‘braunschweiger’ you ask? Oh, just liver. That’s right. While kids around the world ate chocolate chip cookies and carrot sticks, I was munching my happy mouth on some LIVER. And frankly, couldn’t get enough of the stuff.
Meanwhile, my siblings subsisted themselves on the nutritional wonders of hot dogs, Kraft mac & cheese and chicken nuggets, in that order, and sometimes in a health-food mashup together. While I loved those foods of course (all the chicken nugget dipping sauces! hot dogs in mac & cheese!) I also loved other things most kids would turn their noses up to. Like shrimp, fried zucchini, apple mint jelly on my PBJs, and salads. While my siblings whined and moaned for their Happy Meals, I was content getting the newest burgers and trying all the fancy sauces. I also played with Barbies until I was a teenager (not. even. joking) so I guess I was just born weird.
Anyway, my parents fed me and my siblings as much of our favorites as possible, but sometimes there were nights where we didn’t have Kraft or hot dogs and my siblings would bitch and cry about not wanting tacos or spaghetti. It wasn’t like we went from nightly hot dog meals to “okay, and now it’s octopus eyeball night, eat up!” It was spaghetti, and my siblings acted like my parents were pouring marinara-flavored bleach down their throats. Calm yo’selves.
So instead of caving to the crying over hot dogs, my parents would just tell us “if you don’t want what’s served to you, you can make something yourself or you won’t eat.” Most parents nowadays would probably balk at this and call CPS, but I kinda liked that option. Not that I was really ever picky, but it made me realize that this is dinner and if I don’t eat or cook something up myself, I’m going to bed hungry. And yeah, there were a handful of times where I really detested whatever dinner was and decided to eat my heart out in liver (seriously wtf) but most of the time I caved and had dinner with my family. And soon, probably out of hunger and necessity, my siblings started to eat a dinner that wasn’t log-shaped meat products or fluorescent cheese noodles, too.
Moral of the story? Threaten your children with hunger and they’ll eat. Or offer them liver on saltines — they’ll definitely want dinner after that option is handed to them. And um, once their dinner plate is licked clean, you mind passing me the crackers? I want to relive my childhood and I may even bust out the Barbies.
Now who wants
liver on saltines Funfetti Banana Bread?! *I do, I do!* This bread tastes like a strange but delicious combination of banana bread and Funfetti cake. Same fluffy, tender and moist crumb as banana bread with the sprinkly touch and cake battery sweetness of Funfetti cake. And I’m positive no one’s gonna pass up a chance at a slice!
*recipe from Something Swanky
- 1 box Funfetti cake mix
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4 small-to-medium bananas)
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and bananas with a handheld electric mixer until combined. The batter will remain slightly lumpy; this is okay -- just do not overmix the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then make a tent out of foil to loosely drape over the top and sides of the banana bread (which prevents the top and sides from burning/cooking too quickly). Return to the oven and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with light, moist crumbs.
- Cool the bread completely. Meanwhile, make your glaze: in a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla, cream and powdered sugar and whisk vigorously. If too thick, add more powdered sugar; if too thin, add a small stream of cream or milk.
- Generously glaze the top of the bread with the icing and immediately garnish with rainbow sprinkles. Allow the icing to briefly set, about 10 minutes, before cutting into slices to serve.
It doesn’t get any easier than this moist, delicious, festive banana bread, kids! Studded with sprinkles, swirling with that sweet, buttery banana and cake flavor and topped with a thick vanilla icing, this bread is more like a cake — and who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?!
Have a fantastical day!!