Bannock is a main staple of many Indigenous communities in Canada. It’s a simple bread that can be cooked in a pan, in the oven or over a fire. Top with butter, nut butter, jam or you can even melt a cube of cheese inside the dough.

12 child-size portions
Preparation Time
5 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
Wheat/gluten; milk (can omit butter to be dairy-free; use olive oil instead)
Equipment List
Measuring cups and spoons
Large bowl
Frying pan(s) or baking sheets
1 or 2 spatulas
3 cups
flour (use half whole grain flour)
1 tsp
2 Tbsp
baking powder
1/4 cup
butter, melted
1 and 1/2 cups
  1. Measure flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix.
  2. Pour melted butter and water over flour mixture. Stir with fork to make a ball.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a flat circle 3/4" to 1" thick.
  4. Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat, allowing about 15 minutes for each side. Use two lifters for easy turning. May also be baked on a greased baking sheet at 350° F (175° C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Bannock is a great summer campfire favourite. You can mix it all up in advance and add water at the campsite, wrap it around a stick and cook it over the fire.

Consider pretending to go camping inside the childcare centre or at home during the winter months. Make a pretend campfire from paper towel rolls and coloured tissue paper, then eat the bannock sitting around and telling stories or singing camp songs.

Safety Tips

  • Help your child to wash her hands with soap and water before and after preparing food. 

  • Supervise your child when using knives or other kitchen utensils. 

Source: Better Together BC

Photo Credit: Food Fitness Families

Note:  Childcare facilities with 8 or more children should check with their Licensing Officer about what is needed to serve food.