Slow Cooker Banana Bread


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Banana bread in the slow cooker? Absolutely! This simple banana bread recipe yields a perfectly cooked loaf without the need for loaf pans, additional prep, or the fear of burning anything. Grab your kitchen staples and this classic recipe and get ready to wow your family and friends.

This banana bread isn’t the only mouth-watering bread you can cook in your crock pot. Try my delicious Slow Cooker Coconut Bread Pudding or my Gingerbread Cake.

Sliced banana brad on a wood tray.

Can I make banana bread in a crockpot?

“Baking” bread in the slow cooker isn’t always a person’s go-to meal idea, and rightfully so. Most people think of soups and casseroles, but the fact of the matter is you can absolutely make delicious banana bread in your crockpot.

This is one of those slow cooker recipes that makes making banana bread easy peasy. No extra ingredients or steps are needed and you’ll have yummy banana bread in as little as 2 hours of cooking time.

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients for banana bread on a table.
  • Bananas: As with any delicious recipe, ripe bananas or overripe bananas are some of the best ones to use. If you have bananas “going bad,” use them to whip up a loaf of this banana bread.
  • Dry Ingredients Ingredients: All purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt are all classic bread recipe ingredients.
  • Wet Ingredients: You’ll need brown sugar, buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla to finish off what’s needed to make the most tender banana bread.

Step-by-Step Directions

6 images showing how to make the batter for banana bread.

Step One – In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Step Two – In another large bowl, add the brown sugar and butter.

Step Three – Use an electric handheld mixer to cream the brown sugar and butter together. Then, add the egg, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract.

Step Four – Mix until smooth.

Step Five – Add in the dry mixture.

Step Six – Mix until smooth, then mix in the buttermilk.

3 images showing how to put the banana batter in the crockpot.

Step Seven – Line the slow cooker with parchment paper (or slow cooker liner). I trace the bottom of the slow cooker and cut just slightly larger.

Step Eight – Pour in the banana bread mix and spread out evenly.

Step Nine – Cover and bake on HIGH for 2 hours. The timing may vary depending on how hot your slow cooker gets.

sliced banana bread in front of a slow cooker.

How to serve:

  • For regular banana bread, serve sliced and as is. This makes the perfect midday snack.
  • To spruce it up a bit, serve a slice with softened cream cheese, butter or icing.
  • Banana bread also pairs perfectly with yogurt, fruit preserves or compote, good quality dark chocolate, or fresh slices of fruit.
slice of banana bread on a tray.

Recipe FAQs

Is there a certain slow cooker liner I need to use?

Always use a crockpot-safe liner such as parchment paper. There are also special “bags” that can be used. Though, if you use enough cooking spray, you do not need to use parchment paper or a liner.

Will this recipe turn out the same as baked banana bread?

In my opinion, I believe it is better, both in flavor and texture. You also don’t have to worry about your kitchen getting hot from having the oven on.

What are some good ingredients to add to this crockpot banana bread recipe?

You can’t go wrong with adding milk chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, or other chopped nuts of your choice. Drizzling maple syrup on top is also good and will give it a sweeter taste.

How do I store leftover banana bread?

Put any remaining bread in an airtight container and keep on the countertop for up to one week. You can also freeze banana bread for up to 3 months. Allow it to defrost completely before serving.

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sliced banana bread in front of a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Banana Bread

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
From scatch banana bread that cooks up perfectly moist in the crockpot.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 3 medium sized bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • cup buttermilk


  • Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. (you can forgo the parchment, but be sure to spray the slow cooker well).
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar using an electric handheld mixer. Put the bananas onto a dinner plate and mash with a fork or potato masher until a uniform paste forms. Add the bananas into the batter and mix again until smooth. Mix in 1 egg at a time and add the vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and pour in the buttermilk, stir together using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the slow cooker and spread evenly.
  • Cook on HIGH For 2 hours. You may need to cook a little longer or less, depending on how hot your crockpot cooks.
  • Allow to cool completely before removing from the slow cooker and slicing. Enjoy!



  • You want to use an oval slow cooker for this recipe for the center may not set with a larger slow cooker.
  • The banana bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days in a zip top bag or airtight container


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 651IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Matt Pulliam says:

    5 stars
    Fun and easy to make. I substituted 1/20 of the butter with cream cheese and did not use buttermilk. I also made a streusel from crushed cashew and cream cheese with brown sugar and topped the banana bread during cooking. I set the slow cooker to warm while I mixed the ingredients. I took your advice and sprayed the crock and cut a perfect oval of wax paper for the bottom (it flipped out on a plate easy!) I then set it to high for 1 hour and 45 minutes. It’s was very brown but perfect at that time. Wow does the house smell good! I then turned it off and took the crock out of the cooker and set it on a rack with no lid for 5 minutes. There was a lot of moisture on the lid, so I dumped it back on the bread lol. I have two 20 year olds here – no worry about shelf life. It flipped out so easy and I peeled the wax paper off and righted it for pics. I’ll tag you on insta! Thanks

  2. Anonymous says:

    Delicious banana bread. Thanks for great recipe that doesn’t heat the kitchen. I added a dash of nutmeg. Grandson loves it!

  3. Lisbeth says:

    How much is a cup of butter in grams? Greetings from Denmark

  4. Paco says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for your recipes from Spain , they are great!!!
    I have used two bananas and one apple, yummy!!
    Best regards to you.

  5. Erin says:

    Is there anything else you can use besides buttermilk? I’ve never heard of it before.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can use one cup of milk and a teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

  6. Henry says:

    Haven’t tried it yet. How old must the bananas be. Some people say on it’s way of getting bad. close to throwing them out. Ripe will do? Thank you

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can make this with ripe bananas! Just as long as they’re not too green to peel. It will be just fine.

  7. Lynn Unangst says:

    Please test this is a round crockpot.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I don’t test my desserts in round crockpot, they tend to burn on the edges before being done in the center. I apologize.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If using a crock pot liner bag, do you need to spray the inside of the bag? how do you make buttermilk for a third of a cup, using white vinegar? Thank You.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      No need to spray the inside of the bag. I would use 1/3 cup milk with one teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice.

  9. Daisy says:

    Can a 4 quart CP be used?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, as long as it’s oval. I have not tested in a round crockpot, I’m unsure if it will set in the middle.