Accidental Banana Nut Bread

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Cook Time 3 hours
Temp High

We love it and sometimes we even get a surprise outcome like when trying out a “fruity cake”. We have a lot of chocolate cakes in our recipe file and we were eager to add something fruity to the mix (knowing it would be a winner with the kids) and when we removed the cake and took a bite, our first thought was “banana nut bread”! So instead of our original title that was something “fruity”, we decided to call it exactly what it was... Accidental Banana Nut Bread!

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 Box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 1 small box banana cream pudding mix
  • 1 small bag frozen fruit of choice (we used a mix of strawberries, peaches and bananas)
  • 1 Cup nuts of choice (optional)

Directions

  1. Step One

    Spray your crock with cooking spray. Mix the cake according to box instructions and then add the remaining ingredients.

  2. Step Two

    Pour into slow cooker, cover and cook on High for about 3 hours.

  3. Step Three

    Cake will be pulling away from the edge and a toothpick will come out clean when inserted in center of cake. Let cool for 20-30. You can slice and serve out of slow cooker or invert crock to remove the whole cake. We were going for a Tutti Fruity type dessert when experimenting, and came up with a delicious banana nut bread tasting cake! Very yummy for a dessert or even with coffee in the morning!

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  1. Meredith

    I see you already said 6 qt. Sorry. Have you tried this with a chocolate cake and fruit? I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Meredith

    What size crock pot should we use for the Accidental banana nut bread?

  3. Sharon

    This looks great! Like seeing you with your kids. I like you girls!

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  4. Bonnie

    Sounds and look delicious….amazingly easy for the children to participate

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  5. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Vanilla will work to, Brittney. Won’t taste the same, but will still be yummy!

  6. Brittney

    what size cake mix.box

  7. Brittney

    what could I substitute for the banana cream pudding if I don’t have any, only have vanilla pudding

  8. Diana

    Diana

    I will be trying both of these this weekend! My boys, 24, 12 and twin 8 year olds, love banana bread so this will be an instant hit for sure! The twins always love to help in the kitchen and they can do this one easy peasy.

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  9. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Kelly, it is just a simple powdered sugar and butter glaze. You can make as thin or thick as you want.

  10. Kelly

    Can’t wait to try both recipes. I was wondering what ingredients went into the stove top icing. It looks really good and would like to try that instead of a thick icing. Thanks!

  11. Doreen

    Doreen

    Can’t wait to try the pizza and Accidental Banana Nut Bread. We are in the middle of a Blizzard so I will keep my 3 year old son occupied by crockin’ with me. :)

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  12. Lacie J.

    looks delish! will be doing this soon!

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  13. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Let us know how your substitutions work out, Sheila!

  14. sheila

    cant wait to try this i fix a lot of dessert sugar free so i look for desserts that i can change and this one i will change to see how it taste.

  15. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Depending on how you want to serve it there are a couple of ways, Carly:
    If you sprayed the insert really well first, you can run a knife along the inside edge to get it loose and then dump it onto a plate upside down. OR…you can just cut it up in the insert and lift out individual pieces with a spatula. OR you can spray the inside of a slow cooker liner really well and make it in that. Then when it’s done you can just lift the whole thing out with the liner bag, cut away the bag and vuala! You’ve got your banana nut bread out in 1 piece. We got this great tip from a dear friend, Tiffany.

  16. Carly

    How do you get the banana bread out of the crock?

  17. Lori

    Tried the Accidental Banana cake – I think this will be a hit with the kids :-) Thank you, Crockin’ Girls for making my life easier so I can spend more time with the family! Love your website!

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  18. Kathy

    Kathy

    It sure was good to get back on your site. I am going to try both the pizza and the accidental banana nut bread (or cake), they look so good. I really liked you having the kids help, they looked like they were having fun and I bet they ate a lot of it also. Good family activity, (now get your husbands in there every now and then:)

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  19. Lynne C.

    Can’t wait to try the pizza and the ‘accidental’ cake!

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  20. Carolyn

    My family loves Pizza. I can’t wait to try it with some of our favorite toppings. Thanks so much for this easy recipe!

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  21. Kellie V.

    Can’t wait to try out these recipes!

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  22. Susan H.

    These recipes look so yummy. Love your videos. Look forward to them every Monday. Great job letting the kids help.

  23. Mindy C.

    If you can do this with all those kids maybe i will try it with my 21 year old son….Ha….Love your recipes guys!

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  24. Cheryl

    Cheryl

    Both of these recipes look great. Can’t wait to try!

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  25. Judi

    I love watching the kiddos. Just wondering what size of crock you use, it looks bigger than any of mine.

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  26. Terry B.

    I cook with my grandchildren every chance I get and this will be great can’t wait to see them again.

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  27. Kim

    The fact that you did all that with two 2year olds is amazing!

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  28. Amy D.

    These look yummy! Can’t wait to try. My family always loves to see what the “new” recipe will be this week! Thanks for all the great crockin’ recipes! Love you girls!

  29. Denise K.

    Pizza sounds great – I think we are going to try it!

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  30. Kelly

    I’ve done a banana nut bread in my crockpot but yours sounds like it’s moister than mine. I will have to try this.

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  31. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Renee, We do use bags often but not all the time. Since we use are nonstick GE for our desserts, the bag is not needed. When we created this recipe, we really intended to be a mixed fruit bread but when we were done, it tasted so much like banana nut bread to us. That is why we named it Accidental Banana Nut Bread…lol.

  32. Lynette M.

    Both recipes sound yummy – can’t wait to try them!!

  33. Kisha

    Kisha

    I can’t wait to try the pizza in the crock pot!! My family LOVES pizza!!!

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  34. Michelle C.

    Gotta try these out this week, cake sounds amazing! Yum

  35. sherry

    Both look sooo good! I have yet to try a dessert in my slow cooker! My husband loves banana bread, so this may be the one!

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  36. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    They are sooooo yummy, y’all! Glad you’re crockin’ with us!

  37. Diane R.

    Love the kids!! the cake sounds good. I don’t use cake mix so I’ll try it with one of my cake recipes.

  38. Kathy V.

    Can’t wait to try both of these. Love all your recipes! Thanks for making life easier and tastier!

  39. Susie H.

    Can’t wait to try both of these recipes, especially the banana nut bread. I want to use the sugar free yellow cake mix and make it even more healthy! Great idea ladies – keep ‘em coming!

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  40. Debbie B.

    Can’t wait to try both of those!

  41. Jessie

    What a great idea for pizza I have a daycare and am definately making crockpot pizza for lunch next week! My oldest son (10yrs old) was watching the video with me and he said “crockpot pizza that is wierd I like my pizza to come out of the oven” :-D I’ll have to trick him someday!

  42. Dana H.

    Can’t wait to try this and see if my family likes it! What a great idea!

  43. Tracy S.

    I cannot wait to try the pizza; the possibilties are endless! A great weekend meal to try when my Grandbabies are there!!

  44. Janet B.

    I can’t wait to try the pizza! I have three children (7, 9, 11) that love to crock with me. They got me a triple crock pot last year and I am anxious to let them each make their own pizza in their on crock! Thanks!

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  45. Lucy

    I can’t wait to try this, love love love banana nut bread.

  46. Julie W.

    So excited about the pizza……the options are endless.
    Love that you involve your kids :-)

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  47. LeeLee

    Ummm, I can’t wait to have some leftover Spicy Buffalo Chicken to make a pizza out of!!! You guys have given me such inspiration to cook/crock! It make feel like such a better person when I already have dinner made, so I can multitask to get other things done! I just started my teaching career and this allows me to still be a great wife too!!! Thank you so much! Love the videos every week and love seeing the kidos!

  48. Karen

    I can’t wait to try the banana bread – It looks awesome! And my four toddlers love to cook with mommy so these are perfect! :-)

  49. Kathleen

    What a great idea. Can’t wait to try the pizza and the banana nut bread. Thanks.

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  50. Jennifer

    I look forward to trying the Accidental Banana Nut Bread recipe–it looks great and easy. I like that you can add different types of fruit. I think I will try some coconut with it too. Thanks.

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  51. Sara

    I will definitely have to try this very soon. My daughter loves bananas but, sometimes she doesn’t eat them all before they go bad. So, great use for banana instead of making banana pudding all the time, lol.

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  52. Ruthie D.

    Can’t wait to try pizza in the crock. It great to have a short cooking time for days your home and forget to get something going in the crock. This year I’m trying very hard to stay out of fast food places as a quick fix. Thanks

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  53. Pam

    Never thought to make pizza in a crock pot. Looking forward to trying it! Cute kids. Looks like they keep you hopping!

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  54. alisa h.

    Your kiddos are so cute! I am trying the pizza recipe tonight, it sure does look good! Made me hungry!

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  55. Mikki P.

    I can’t wait to try these! My guys love pizza and I love banana bread! Win Win Having another crock pot would be icing on the cake! Hope I win! You gals rock!

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  56. Joyce H.

    Both recipes look really yummy! I have never tried making dessert in the crock will definitely have to try.
    I love the videos I start my week by watching before I have to get ready for work.

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  57. Tina

    Looks good!!

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  58. Tina

    It all looks soo yummy !!! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win a crack pot!!! :)

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  59. Renee C.

    Hi, first off I really appreciate You two and of course I would Love to win a crock pot, but the two comments/questions I have are one why when You present on your video’s You don’t use the crockpot bags? I see that You spray the crockpot each time before You start but I don’t see the bags being used. Second if it’s called banana bread will it taste like that since the video showed a variety fruit bag that You used, was not sure You would have the true flavor of just the banana nut bread. Thank You so much to You and your Families for who You are. Renee Cook

  60. Cindy

    Never tried to make dessert in a slow cooker before, but I am going to have to try this recipe. It looks good.

  61. Diane P.

    Can’t wait to try both the pizza and the accidental banana nut bread. Never made any dessert in the slow cooker before. Definetly have to try that out. Thanks for all the recipes!

  62. Barbara N.

    This looks really great. I’ve never tried to make a cake in a slow cooker…but I think I’ll have to to try this one tomorrow. I really look forward to the videos every week. You do a great job. thank you

  63. Linda

    OMG The banana bread/cake was sooo delish. Will be making it again for sure.

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  64. Ronda

    Ronda

    Looks good! Who knew you could do pizza in a slow cooker….. going to have to try this one. Thanks for all the great inspirations. My husband thanks you as well!

  65. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    We like to use our GE 6qt, nonstick slow cooker for breads and desserts :)

  66. Chris

    This cake looks delicious! What kind of slow cooker do you have? It looks like a really nice one!

  67. Debby

    absoltely wonderful and couldn’t be easier!

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  68. Alana

    Was skeptical at first but was a HUGE hit!! My teenagers would come home from school asking if we had any left. Needless to say, it didn’t last long.

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  69. Dotty

    Can’t wait till I get my check so I can make this cake :)

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  70. Shirley

    These look yummy. Going to make them soon!

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  71. Shirley

    These look yummy! Going to get my grandkids to help!

  72. Stephanie

    Made this for desert today for a family get together. My 9yr old did most of the work. It ws a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it.

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  73. Angela

    Im going to make this next week with bananas and a can of pumpkin instead and pumpkin spice!! Thank you!!!

  74. Michael

    Looks so Yummy

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  75. Linda

    These recipes look delicious, and I can’t wait to try them. I also love watching the videos.
    The children are adorable!!!!

  76. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    And Rachel, if you have another slow cooker that doesn’t cook as hot, you might want to try that. Just like any other appliance, not all crocks cook the same. Some cook WAY hot.

  77. Rachel

    Next time, no fruit. We preferred just the cake parts. Nice to know I can cook a cake in the crock. The sides were really hard. I may try it on low next time.

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  78. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Go for it, Rachel!

  79. Rachel

    I bought the frozen fruit but I see now I have bananas that need to be used up. I may use those instead.

  80. Donna

    I used 6 raw bananas and 1/2 cup of coconut in my cake. It turned out very tasty, and sprinkled powdered sugar on top…also added 1/4 t coconut flavoring…..thank you for an alternative to turning on the oven when it’s so hot outside.!

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  81. Colleen B.

    made this last-night !!! was great guys really loved it.

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  82. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You can use fresh fruit. We have had lots of people from the Crockin’ Community try it and it came out great!!

  83. Robin G.

    Wondering if fresh fruit can be used instead of frozen? Would it make a difference?

  84. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Way to go moms!! So glad y’all liked it, Lisa. This is a yummy one for sure. And you’re making some great memories crockin’ with your kiddos, Shannon :) Happy Crockin’, Y’all!

  85. Lisa T.

    This was to die for! I bought instant pudding because I wasn’t sure which kind & it came out perfect! I used a bag of mixed strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & raspberries (Walmart) and my kids are calling it SMOOTHIE CAKE! I think it only took about 2 hrs in my crock so watch it carefully!

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  86. Shannon W.

    I can’t wait to try the accidental banana nut bread. I stay at home with my two little ones and love using your recipes. My 4 year old loves to help too!

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