A great back-to-school snack that your kids will love

by | Aug 1, 2023 | Food and Recipes

It’s time to go back to school and many parents are on the hunt for snack options that are both healthy and something their kids want to eat.

Let us introduce this delicious banana bread with streusel topping recipe. Using Fairlife ultrafiltered lactose-free milk gives this bread a light, moist texture with a perfectly browned crust. The milk also has 50 per cent more protein and 50 per cent less sugar than regular milk, which makes this an easy choice for a more nutritious snack.

This banana bread will stay fresh all week long, so get ahead of the game and bake it on Sunday. But let’s face it, it’s so good it might not last the full week.

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Serves: 8


Streusel topping (optional)

  • ½ cup (125 ml) raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) poppy seeds
  • ⅛ tsp (0.5 ml) kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Banana bread

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) Fairlife 2% ultrafiltered, partly skimmed milk
  • ½ cup (125 ml – 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 ⅔ cups (410 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 ½ (375 ml) cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 medium or 2 large)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) baking soda
  • ¾ tsp (3 ml) kosher or sea salt
  • ⅓ (80 ml) cup honey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


For streusel topping (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) with rack in middle. Spread pepitas on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then coarsely chop.
  2. In a bowl, mix cooled pepitas with sugar, poppy seeds and salt until sugar is incorporated. Stir in butter. Set aside (leave oven on).

For banana bread

  1. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with butter and dust with flour, tapping out any excess.
  2. Stir together bananas, milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and honey on medium speed in another large bowl until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. Add banana mixture and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients in two additions, beating on low after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as necessary until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top with spatula. Sprinkle with streusel topping.
  5. Bake, rotating once halfway through, until sides are starting to pull away from pan and a tester inserted into centre of bread comes out clean; about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a butter knife around edges of loaf, then carefully invert onto a plate (some streusel will fall off; you can sprinkle it back on). Invert back onto wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Related Content

5 simple steps to help kids understand sustainable food

5 simple steps to help kids understand sustainable food

Food is essential to keeping us happy, healthy and well nourished. One way we can help protect the planet is by explaining the farm-to-table process to help kids grow an appreciation for where their food comes from. It can be entertaining and interactive, too, when...

read more
The best oils to cook with if you have arthritis

The best oils to cook with if you have arthritis

Oils and fats often have a bad reputation, but removing them from your diet can be detrimental to your overall health. In fact, for people living with arthritis, incorporating mono- and poly-unsaturated fats like avocados, nuts, seeds and omega-3 fats into your meals...

read more
Learn about Canada’s new supplemented foods labels

Learn about Canada’s new supplemented foods labels

Most of us are familiar with vitamin and mineral supplements. But did you know that there are foods and drinks on the market called “supplemented foods”? These products have added ingredients, like vitamins, minerals and caffeine. Some can pose a risk to your health...

read more