It’s hard to believe that Spring is finally here and the snowy weather may finally be over. I’m looking so forward to playing outside with Reya and getting back to our twice a day long walks to our local little park. Right now, however, we are homebound with all these gloomy storms,and while we don’t mind rain, Reya isn’t a huge fan of thunder. While this may be cutting back on our playtime outdoors, this gives me plenty of time to bake and take care of things indoors. This is especially exciting since I have brand new toy that has already been saving us money – the Wondermill Electric Grain Mill.
By milling my own flour, I have been able to cut back on spending money on expensive natural flours and have been able to control even more of my recipes. Besides, now my family can enjoy all the wonderful nutrients that is stripped out of flour in the manufacturing process. Since I love to bake, I decided to take part in the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge – creating 3 delicious recipes using home ground flour!
For my first recipe of the challenge, I made one of my favorite recipes – banana blueberry bread! Instead of going with my traditional recipe, however, I decided to experiment by making it in my slow cooker, allowing me to take care of other chores while I bake. The finished product was baked to perfection, having the most wonderful flavor – complemented by the fresh flour that held the blueberries in place perfectly while retaining their moisture. To say the least, I think this may very well be my new favorite banana recipe!
Slow Cooker Banana Blueberry Bread
Love banana bread but don’t have the time to baby sit it in the kitchen? This easy banana blueberry bread cooks in under 2 hours in the slow cooker and retains the moisture of the fruit, making it a delicious breakfast treat!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour 40 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours
- Yield: 6 - 8 1x
- Category: Fruit Bread
- Cuisine: Breakfast
- 1 3/4 cups of Milled White Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour works too)
- 2 Tsp baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Room Temperature Butter (1 stick)
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 3 1/2 Tsp Honey
- 3 Bananas
- 1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries
- 4 1/2 – 5 quart Slow Cooker (do not try it in a larger slow cooker)
- Grease & flour slow cooker bowl.
- Grind your flour in the mill. If you are using all purpose flour, skip this step.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients EXCEPT for the sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, mix together the butter, eggs, sugar, and honey. Make sure the mixture is very evenly mixed.
- Break up the bananas and slowly add to the mixer on medium speed. The bananas should be fairly well mixed before moving forward.
- Slowly start adding the flour mixture. To avoid a mess, do it in small batches (I use a 1/4 cup measuring bowl).
- Pour mixture into your greased slow cooker.
- Make sure the blueberries are thoroughly washed and then drop them into the slow cooker. Mix slowly with a spoon to make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Cover the mixture and bake for 1 hr 30 minutes in your slow cooker on high heat. When finished, a knife or baking tester should come out clean.
- Let sit in the slow cooker until thoroughly cooled and the gently remove.
To keep the wonderful texture of the bread, I would recommend soft white winter wheat. This type of grain is better for making pastries and a variety of ‘fluffy’ or quick breads.
If you try this bread yourself, make sure to tell us what you think. We love to hear our readers thoughts and what they think of our recipes. What do you add to your banana bread recipes?
Thank you for this recipe I will be giving this a try this week. Wish me luck! Thanks again!
Susan Bewley says
Make sure to come back and tell us what you think! I’m going to be experimenting with more blueberries in the recipe this week.
This sounds really good! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Stacey Roberson says
This looks delicious! I’ve never made bread in my slow cooker before. Looks simple enough and I imagine it would come out really good.
Gale McCarron says
Love, love, love!! Been looking for slow cooker recipes and breads are hard to come by. This looks delicious too. Thank you kindly!
Susan Bewley says
You are very welcome! It is even better if you add extra blueberries!
Sandra VanHoey says
I have been reading some of the best recipes for slow cookers lately that I had never heard of before. I love using my slow cooker but had never made desserts or bread in it until now. I love all these new recipes I am getting, thank you
Susan Bewley says
I also recommend checking out Taste of Home’s Slow Cooker edition. There is a recipe in there for a killer chocolate lava cake. We make it all the time and it’s amazing!
This recipe sounds easy and good to have in the afternoon with tea!
Dorothy Teel says
Slow COoker Banana bread, sound lovely, would be great warmed with some butter in the morning, I like that it appears to be easily assembled sounds heavenly and with the blueberries, it would be twice as good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Keno Moore says
This sounds so good.
Deb E says
I love using my slow cooker for all kinds of things. Never thought of using it for bread though. I bet the blueberries smell awesome. Must try this one.
Susan Bewley says
The blueberries made my whole house smell AMAZING!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
This would be perfect for the summer so you don’t have to turn your oven on. It looks delicious, I’ve made banana bread but not with blueberries before.
Vicky Carlson says
I’m going to make this. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
Trish F says
Oh how cool that you grind your own grain. I would love to do that because I have gone gluten free and I would love to make my own gluten free flours. This recipe looks very delicious. I wonder if it would come out with gluten free flours and xylitol instead of sugar. Thanks for sharing.
Wow! This is really good. And, anytime I can use a slow cooker I’m happy.
theresa krier says
hi, my daughter-in-law made this & she said it was amazing & moist, there was no leftovers. definately a keeper, thanks
Susan Bewley says
So glad everyone loved it 🙂
Cynthia Jurca says
Looks really yummy.
Ronald G says
One of my favorite deserts is banana bread …but..I don’t have a slow cooker. However I shall definately keep this receipe until that day comes
Terri S says
This looks incredibly good. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.
cheryla lister says
I have seen recipes for breads made in the slow cooker but have always been afraid to try them. My cooker is really old and I’m not sure if the temperature is correct. This looks really good though!
Susan Bewley says
I have one awesome crockpot and one that isn’t the best at keeping the temperature. I found that in the older crockpots you need to watch it during the last hour. Sometimes it cooks right, other times it will burn the sides.
Sharon Siqueiros says
I’ve never “baked” anything in my slow cooker but this looks and sounds amazing!! This is perfect in summer when I avoid using the oven as much as possible.
Thanks so much for the recipe
Nena Sinclair says
I love blueberries and I love banana bread, but I’ve never had blueberries in my banana bread! I’ve got to try your recipe, it looks amazing!
Claire D says
I have to confess that I don’t know what it means to mill your own flour. It sounds interesting, though. What are the raw ingredients that go in?
Linda Bradshaw says
Oh my goodness. This sounds so good. This is exactly like what I was looking for for this weekend! Thank you for sharing.
Cheryl Rogers says
I really am intrigued by using the slow cooker to make a bread. My mother in law could have used this recipe when all she had was a slow cooker, and she was in the middle of a move.
Jacqueline Jacobs says
This looks delicious and not that hard to make. I love to be able to make things in my slow cooker and this bread seems like the perfect thing.
Sylvia Zajis says
I have never heard of making bread in a slow cooker before, what a great idea! Homemade bread at the end of a long day, yum!
christine k says
I’ve never used a slowcooker to make bread before. I think I will try this one out! Do you think banana and raspberry would go well together? I have some raspberries on hand at the moment, but no blueberries.
I have never thought of making bread in my slow cooker! This looks so good and I’m sure it would smell amazing.
I am constantly on the lookout for recipes to do in the crock pot or slow cooker so it doesn’t heat up the kitchen in summer. This looks like a good one to try.
Maryann D. says
I never made a recipe like this in my crock pot. But now that I see it, I would really like to try it. I am sure it is tasty too!!
I didn’t know that you could make banana bread in a slow cooker. That would be good for working parents.
Kathleen Kelly says
I have been seeing a lot of recipes lately for slow cooker breads…I will have to try this one! Thanks.
Susan S., TN says
YUM!!!! All that needs to be said.. I can’t wait to make this. What makes it even better is my oven is broken & I cant bake, so using the crockpot is wonderful.. THANKS!!!
Angela A Simmons says
I am a sucker for any type of bananna bread. Yummy….my mom use to make it all the time when i was young. I love to cook but im not that good at baking
I’ve never heard of making bread in my slow cooker and I love this! Thanks for the heads up and a delish looking recipe!
Sarah Matos says
I have yet to try a dessert or bread in my slow cooker. This sounds tasty and a good start for me branching out.
Karen Pikkaraine says
Looking to try this recipe really soon . Love banana bread
I WAS SO THRILLED TO FIND THIS RECIPE. I AM MAKING IT RIGHT NOW. BANANA BREAD AND BLUEBERRY MUFFINS ARE BOTH FAVORITES OF MINE SO I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING.