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6 Ingredient Healthy Crockpot Banana Bread with Peanut Butter

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Hi, I'm Kasey. There are two things you should know about me. One: over two years ago, I quit my job to move into a van that I bought and renovated with my boyfriend of 6 months with the goal of driving from Canada to Argentina over the course of a year. 18 months,15 countries, 7 major breakdowns, 5 ferries, 2 new transmissions, and 1 engagement later, we finally shipped our van back to Texas from Argentina where we threw our belongings into backpacks and flew to New Zealand followed by Southeast Asia to continue the journey. The second thing you should know about me is that I’m not really a chef, but the only thing I like more than cooking is baking. Now, I know you can’t necessarily just self-proclaim yourself as a chef and earn the respect of a chef. However, from my findings, there aren’t a lot of chefs out there cooking and even baking (via a crockpot!) exclusively in a van that’s meant to be a tiny home on wheels and is not even capable of food truck-esque level cooking. Therefore, I’ve taken the liberty of proclaiming myself the world’s first and foremost (don’t research this too much) Van Chef! That’s right, everything you see on my site is made in my 2000 Dodge Pleasureway Van, aka Alfred. I’m working with a 2 burner gas stove that runs off propane, a microwave (that only works when we’re plugged into electricity or have the generator running), a cooler (no fridge!), a sink (thankfully with running water), and a pantry/cupboard that no one will ever be jealous of. Since that’s not challenging enough, you should also know that all of these recipes were also made during our travels meaning most of the ingredients were purchased from local bodegas, fruit and vegetable stands, and the occasional big box store (albeit with mostly new brands and even ingredients I’ve never seen before). We are now entering a new post-covid phase where we’ve moved back to the States and are working remote jobs, but we’re also back with our van and hopefully posting new recipes again soon! In the meantime, we also started a website and YouTube channel to help others realize the long-term travel dream. Check it out at www.howtolongtermtravel.com or on Instagram @howtolongtermtravel or on the How to Long-term Travel YouTube Channel.

6 Ingredient Healthy Crockpot Banana Bread with Peanut Butter

It’s probably the most moist, sweet banana bread I’ve ever made which makes sense as the only dry ingredient besides baking soda is oatmeal. Otherwise, you’ve got sweetness from 3 ripe bananas and honey. A couple eggs to bind it together. And did I mention PEANUT BUTTER for an extra creamy sweetness and added protein. It’s honestly the banana bread that has it all…or rather it’s the stuff it doesn’t have that makes it so great… and it all comes together quickly in your blender or Magic Bullet!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Baking
Servings 10
Diet Vegetarian


  • Blender
  • Slow cooker


  • Baking spray / olive oil spray
  • 3 Bananas ripe or over ripe
  • 2 cup Quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Peanut butter


  • Spray small bread pan (small enough to fit in your slow cooker).
  • Preheat slow cooker on high heat (the quickest time setting; mine is 4 hours)
  • Combine rest of ingredients except peanut butter in a blender until we’ll combined.
  • Pour ½ batter into pan.
  • Dot batter evenly with spoonfuls of peanut butter. Swirl a knife through the peanut butter to slightly spread peanut butter through batter.
  • Pour rest of batter on top. Place pan in slow cooker.
  • Roll up some aluminum foil to place underneath pan if needed to help hold pan up. Place lid on top but insert a rolled up napkin or piece of aluminum foil between lid and slow cooker to allow steam to escape.
  • Cook for 2-3 hours (will depend largely on the intensity of your slow cooker). Keep an eye on it and touch the top and do the toothpick test to check doneness.
  • While cooking do not allow too much water to build up underneath the lid. If that happens, place a thicker piece of napkin underneath the lid to allow more steam to escape.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 149mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baking, cakes, crock pot, gluten free, slow cooker, sweet, vegetarian
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