Easy Crockpot Banana Bread

Fresh baked banana bread with butter
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  • Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: one loaf (10 slices)

Even though this bread cooks for two hours, it's all hands off. Once you mix up the ingredients, you just put them in the crockpot 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, or you are just curious about making banana bread in your crockpot.

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 carefully into the batter.

Cooled banana bread can be kept on a countertop for a few days. To prevent the cut end from getting stale, you can store it on a plate cut side down, facing the plate. While this might look a little funny, it certainly works to prevent a stale edge from forming.

Ingredients

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

Steps to Make It

  1. Turn crockpot on high. Grease and flour the insert.

  2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add nuts and set aside.

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

  4. Stir in bananas until well mixed.

  5. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet mixture. Stir until just combined.

  6. Place the insert into the crockpot. Carefully add the batter and then put the cover on.

  7. 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 an inserted toothpick comes out of the bread clean.

  8. Once the cooking time is done, you can remove the insert and cool it on a wire rack. Once cool, carefully remove the banana bread out of the crockpot. 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).

Quick Bread Recipes and Tips

If you like to make other quick bread, be sure to try zucchini bread, sweet potato bread, coconut bread, or the world's best pumpkin bread.