Easy Crock Pot Banana Bread

Easy crockpot banana bread recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Servings: 12 servings
  • Yield: 1 loaf

Did you know you can make banana bread in a slow cooker? Even though this banana bread cooks for two or three hours, it's all hands-off. Once you mix up the ingredients, you just add them to the crock pot and let it do all the work. This delicious recipe is perfect if you don't have access to an oven, it's too hot for real baking, or you are just curious about making banana bread in your slow cooker.

Feel free to omit the toasted pecans. If you prefer another nut like walnuts or slivered almonds, use those instead. Toasted nuts always add a nice crunch and toasting brings out the flavorful oils in the nuts. Another option is to add chocolate chips. Mini chocolate chips make an especially tasty addition since they don't overwhelm the banana flavor. If you add chocolate chips, add them in equal ratio to the nuts and mix them gently into the batter.

Banana bread can be kept on a countertop for a few days. To keep the quick bread moist, cool completely and then wrap in cling wrap or aluminum foil or store in a zip-top or plastic air-tight container. Extra bread can also be frozen if wrapped tightly and stored in a freezer bag.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped, lightly toasted)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 small bananas (very ripe and mashed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crockpot banana bread
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  2. Turn crockpot on high. Grease and flour the insert.

    Grease and flour the crcok.
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  3. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the nuts and set aside.

    Mix flour
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  4. In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter together. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the milk and vanilla and completely.

    Cream butter and sugar
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  5. Stir in the mashed bananas until well mixed.

    Stir in bananas
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  6. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet mixture. Stir until just combined.

    Add flour mixture
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  7. Place the insert into the crockpot. Carefully add the batter and then put the cover on.

    Place batter in crockpot
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  8. Bake on the high setting for 2 to 3 hours or until done. Be sure not to check on bread until it's cooked at least 2 hours. You'll know when it's done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.

    Bake on high setting
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  9. Once finished cooking, you can remove the insert and cool it on a wire rack. Once cool, carefully remove the banana bread from the slow cooker. If your insert has been well-greased, it should pop right out. If not, use a butter knife to gently loosen the edges and then carefully pry it out (without breaking the bread).

    Remove the crock pot banana bread
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  10. Let cool on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!