Banana Bread for Tu Bishvat

Categories: B-shul, Religious School

Tu Bishvat occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Even though it is winter here in Pittsburgh, it is the season when the earliest blooming trees in Israel begin a new fruit bearing cycle.  A popular nickname for this holiday is “Rosh Hashanah La Ilanot” or New Year of the Trees. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration

Students learned know how to say tree in Hebrew, “etz” and the special blessing that we say to thank God for fruit, “borei pre hat-etz.”

Additionally, we discussed different kinds of fruits from trees and examples of each:

  • With Peel=Banana, Orange, Grapefruit, Avocado
  • Edible Seeds/Fleshy=Berries & Tomato
  • With Inedible Pits (or Stone fruits) =peach, plum, cherry, apricot, dates, olive
  • Nuts with Shells=(we won’t have because the Bshul kitchen is Nut Free due to allergies)

During Tu Bishvat it is common to eat “Shivat Haminim” or seven species that the Bible says are abundant in the land of Israel:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Grapes (vines)
  • Figs
  • Pomegranate
  • Olive
  • Date (honey)

Students tasted dried figs in class but only 1 out of every 3 actually liked them!  Almost all the students agree that Banana Bread would be a delicious way to celebrate Tu Bishvat.  Here are some pictures and the recipe.

Individual Banana Bread


  • quart size ziplock bag & mini loaf pan
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (or cinnamon chips)


·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees

·       Spray mini loaf (5×3) with cooking oil

·       In a quart size baggie, place banana & mash

·       Crack egg in a glass dish then add to baggie, close & gently squeeze bag to mix

·       Add cup of pre-measured wet ingredients to baggie (oil, milk and vanilla), close & gently squeeze bag to mix

·       Add cup of pre-measured dry ingredients to baggie (sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon), close & gently squeeze bag to mix

·       Add chocolate chips to baggie, close & gently squeeze bag to mix

·       Snip a corner of the baggie (discard the clipping)

·       Squeeze batter into the greased loaf pan

·       Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean


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