Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet

February 12, 2018

We all have those family recipes that are passed down through the generations. The ones that we make time and time again, not only because they are delicious but because you know that they are a sure-fire hit with everyone. The thing with family recipes that they are fantastic to make and consume, however, they do tend to stay within families. Why shouldn’t we be showcasing them to a wider audience to allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy your amazing winter warming soup, your no-fuss cheesecake recipe or how to get the perfect roast potatoes every time?

In order to help us start sharing our family recipes and in turn increase our own go to recipe repertoire. Mumsnet has been asking mumsnetters to see what recipes they love, which ones have been passed down the family tree and which ones they think that everyone should make. From this the Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet book was created.

Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet

The family recipe book from Mumsnet features 120 recipes from mumsnetters. Covering a whole spectrum of dishes from breakfast, packed lunches, Sunday lunch through to cooking with children and baking.

Each of the 12 sections included in the book features 10 mouthwatering recipes suggestions for you to try. The difficulty being which one to make first. Whilst I would love to say that we opted to try out one of the slow cooking recipes in order to save my slow cooker from only being used for pulled pork. Or maybe a delicious warming soup for lunch on these cold blustery days… Sorry but no, I flicked passed these recipes and headed to cooking with children and the baking treats.

It’s a bit of a running joke between Mr Boo and I that I can’t cook but I can make you a cake or biscuit. After spending my childhood in the kitchen with either my Mam or my Granny I can whip you up a batch of krispy treat cake but just don’t ask me to prepare a full on roast dinner. Although I would like to think my cooking talents have improved over the years, my heart still does prefer the baking side of things.

Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet // One pot fruity buns

When it comes to baking with the children I am always on the lookout for ways in which they can really get involved. Whilst they can stir a mixture etc. it’s not necessarily getting them truly involved with the process. The one-pot fruity buns recipe included in the Top Bananas! recipe book was perfect and something that Roo and Tigger could complete between them whilst I tended to the Nutella fudge on the hob.

The recipe utilises the small pot that the natural yoghurt comes in to measure out the other ingredients required for the recipe. Making it perfect for getting the kids used to measuring out ingredients and following a simple recipe method.


  • 150g (small pot) of natural yoghurt
  • 1 small yoghurt pot of caster sugar
  • 3 small yoghurt pots of self-raising flour
  • 1 small yoghurt pot of sunflower oil
  • 3 eggs – lightly beaten
  • Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1/2 small yoghurt pot of sultanas (personally, I would add a whole pot)

Makes 24 average size buns or 12 mammoth buns!


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C / Gas Mark 4) and line a fairy cake tray with cases
  2. Pour the natural yoghurt into a bowl. Rinse and dry the pot and use it to measure the caster sugar, flour and oil (in that order) into the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and mix everything together until you have a light batter, then add the sultanas and lemon zest. Stirring the mixture once again.
  4. Spoon the batter into the cake cases and bake for 15 minutes until gold brown.
  5. Let the cool on a wire rack before munching as an afternoon treat or added to a picnic.

Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet // Where to buy?

The Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet book is available to buy from Amazon in either hardback or Kindle edition.

Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet // Giveaway

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Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet

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  • Tracy Nixon February 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Chicken stew – my mam used to make it when I was little and I make it all the time for me and the kids, especially during the Autumn and Winter. It is quick to prepare and cook and warming and nutritious too!

  • Ashleigh Allan February 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Homemade pizza

  • iain maciver February 15, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    corned beef hash

  • laura banks February 15, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    sausage casserole

  • john prendergast February 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    slow cooker pulled pork

  • EMMA WALTERS February 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    my boys love my shepherds pie 🙂

  • Sarah Mackay February 15, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    We make a lot of breakfast sundaes as a family.

  • Tracey Peach February 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Egg & Cheese Pie! a family favourite from when I was young & Mum used to cook it for us. I still now make it for me

  • Gayatri Gogoi February 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Simple stir fried noodles are always a hit

  • sarah a February 15, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    very random for a 4yr old but she loves pork stroganoff but called Airport food in our house as we had it on a plane to eat and shes loved it ever since

  • Andrea Smith February 15, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    We make cupcakes as these were easy for my kids to make when they were little.

  • Tracey Belcher February 16, 2018 at 6:18 am

    We love Plum Cake – a little like upside down cake but with plums and so moist

  • Solange February 16, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Parmesan Crusted Chicken. The chicken is packed with flavour, and it’s seared quickly to keep the juices inside. Serve with vegetables and rice/potatoes and you’re all set for dinner.

  • Margaret Gallagher February 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Hotpot – lamb its delicious

  • Hannah Scudder February 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Lasagne, everyone loves it.

  • Leila Benhamida February 16, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Linguinis wiith mushrooms and brown sauce

  • Laura Pritchard February 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    My mum’s cottage pie with baked beans!

  • Annabel Greaves February 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    We love spaghetti bolognaise x

  • Helen Tovell February 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Quiche as my daughter first made it at school, loved it and has continued to make it

  • Karen Barrett February 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    My homemade meat and potato pie

  • Chrissy Harris February 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    My mum taught me to make pork schnitzel and this is now our little boys favourite just as it was mine when I was little

  • Jane Willis February 17, 2018 at 11:01 am

    It’s a mild, fruity chicken curry dish, nothing authentic about it at all but it’s easy and delicious and the whole family love it.

  • Lynn Neal February 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Banana cake and flapjacks!

  • Jade Hewlett February 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    My gran makes a great cottage pie which we all love

  • jo liddement February 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I make a great vegetable curry

  • Laura Pritchard February 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    My mum’s Chocolate Crunch!

  • Susie Wilkinson February 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    My partner has the best lunch dish ever, chicken, prosciutto and madeira wine………….on toast!

  • Carole Nott February 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Love baking – and my favourite recipe is coffee cake

  • Sharon Lou Johnson February 18, 2018 at 4:52 am

    to be honest its Tatty Ash and thats because i am a single mum off 3 going to be 4 soon as adopting a baby but i am the most rubbish cook you have every seen!! and i honestly think the kids are beginning to dislike tatty ash as they have it so much!!

  • A.E. ADKINS February 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Spaghetti Carbonara- so easy & quick but delish

  • Elizabeth Smith February 18, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Good old-fashioned rice pudding

  • Karen Usher February 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Rissoles (its an Australian dish) similar to meat balls but 100% better! Infact I’m now going to make them this week!

  • Angela Treadway February 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    sausage and bean casserole x

  • Angela Surgenor February 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    vegetable korma

  • Danielle Moore February 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    We always have lamb hot pot the kids love it

  • claire croft February 19, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    We have vegetable stew and dumplings! yum

  • Sadiyya Maryam February 20, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    My late grandmother’s South African recipe of a cross between a spaghetti pie/shepherds pie. Absolutely delicious and comforting.

  • chris bull February 20, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Saffron chicken rice, always get asked to make when we have family dinner and have to make extra so they can take some home

  • Janie-Fleur Matcham February 21, 2018 at 12:02 am

    potato salad but not like English Potato salad my mum was Irish my dad American I thing they adapted the recipe. Its a family favourite but quite time consuming to make but I make it every special occasion. I make it with American meat loaf yum

  • Simone Griffin February 21, 2018 at 7:35 am

    We love making cookies and butterfly cakes x

  • Rich Tyler February 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    White Chocolate CupCakes

  • Sally Collingwood February 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Lancashire Hotpot

  • KAtie February 23, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Cheese and potato pie

  • Tanya Hindes February 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I love cooking Katsu curry, the kids love it too.

  • sheri Darby February 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Shepherds Pie

  • Bibi February 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Scotch pancakes. Pizza and spag bol are great too as my little one helps then. These three are his favourites.

  • Danielle Spencer February 23, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Cottage Pie is our favourite.

  • Marie Leveque February 24, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Home made Fish and chips with salads and home bake blueberry muffins are always winners in our home

  • Laura Walker February 24, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Fish pie is always a hit in this house

  • Ruth Harwood February 24, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I make Lasagne quite a lot!

  • Emma February 24, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Lasagne is a family favourite 🙂

  • janine atkin February 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    chicken schnitzel with fired potatoes

  • Mel Turner February 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Butterfly cakes

  • Lisa Wilkinson February 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Cottage Pie

  • paula cheadle February 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    cheese, onion and potato pie

  • Laura Harrison February 25, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Bread and butter pudding xx

  • Kate Davies February 25, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Pulled pork, I cook it in the slow cooker and it does it’s thing while I work and makes the house smell amazing so bonus.

  • Adrian Bold February 25, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Apple and Rhubarb Crumble

  • Tracy Gladman February 25, 2018 at 6:55 am

    My mum’s cheese and tomato pie

  • Jo Hutchings February 25, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Me and my little boy love making banana bread together.

  • Kim Neville February 25, 2018 at 9:32 am

    My chicken korma

  • Rachael Sexey February 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Leek and potato soup

  • Rachel B February 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Beef stew & dumpling. Hearty wholesome and lovely in this cold weather 🙂

  • Hayley Todd February 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    The one meal I can always guarantee will mean clean plates from everyone in the family is when I make my Mexican 5-Bean Veggie Chilli with Rice and tortillas.

  • Tammy Neal February 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Homemade pizza x

  • Sarah Holder February 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Crunchie Bar Pudding!!

  • Diana February 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    chicken and barley stew

  • ellie spider February 25, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    chunky vegetable soup and banana bread 🙂 both are super quick and easy to do and taste great and are healthy too

  • Rachel Craig February 25, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Macaroni Cheese, as a filling, warming and comforting meal :- Especially in the Winter, and delicious served with a nice crisp, healthy salad. Our family have always used Scottish Cheddar Cheese for the addition to white sauce (home made). Gives a distinctive, delicious flavour.

  • Natalie Crossan February 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Potato & leek soup 😀 xxx

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