Feeding children is a tricky one.
Angus refuses to eat any fresh fruit other than bananas. I've tried everything and consistently offered him a selection of delicious and seasonal (and often expensive - blueberries cost a fortune!) fruit since he was a baby, but he's having none of it. So I have to get creative and make cakes and muffins and smoothies and ice lollies that contain fruit but in a way that he doesn't realise. Others may scoff at this and say, well, if you do that he'll never eat fresh fruit, will he? That is your opinion and I respect it, but this is what works for us. Fussy toddlers can really take the joy out of cooking and you have to do what works for your family and keeps you sane.
I really like this cake, from Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen. Lots of versions of this cake abound on the internet - if you google it you are sure to find the recipe or one similar. It is a winner for so many reasons. It uses up fruit that is soft and overripe; it is quite low in butter and sugar; the bananas are full of energy so it makes a good snack; it is quick and very, very easy to make. But my favourite reason is that it tastes so good - moist and nutmeggy and sweet. And it is a good recipe for apples that have been bashed around in a lunchbox once too often.
I also discovered that you can use frozen bananas in this quite happily and it tastes just as good. If I have too many overripe bananas to use, I freeze them as they are in their skins. A few hours before I want to use them, I take them from the freezer and let them defrost at room temperature (I wouldn't risk trying to defrost them in the microwave). They look revolting. They go completely black and the inside of the banana turns to liquid.
Gingerly peel them into a bowl, while trying not to be put off by the unattractive wormy appearance...
...then mash. Once mashed, they look just the same as they would have done anyway, and they cook just as well. (Please tell me that this is not the behaviour of a mad woman! I just really hate throwing food away...)
Enjoy! If anyone has any tips for feeding fruit to fussy, stubborn three year olds, then I would love to hear your thoughts...