March 2017: Slow Cooker Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

March 2017’s Recipe of the Month:

Slow Cooker Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread from Gina Homolka’s cookbook SkinnyTaste: Fast & Slow

Who knew you could cook bread in a slow cooker? This was news to me and it actually turned out great!


  • Baking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 overripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips



Lightly coat an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Place a small rack or 3–4 foil balls in the bottom of  a slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add the bananas, applesauce, egg whites and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the flour mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until the chips are melted. Add dollops of the melted chocolate to the top of the batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the chocolate into the batter. Place the pan in the slow cooker on the rack and cover.


Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2–3 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the slow cooker, and let cool in the pan at least 20 minutes before turning the bread out of the pan. Cut into 12 slices to serve.


Alternatively, you can bake in oven at 350°F for about 50 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 12 |  Serving Size: 1 slice

Per serving: Calories: 123; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 131mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 3g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 108mg; Iron: 2%; Vitamin A: 1%; Vitamin C: 4%; Calcium: 0%

“The easiest, tastiest, most convenient healthy recipes—ever! With Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, you can get a nutritious, flavor-packed meal—complete with a flourless chocolate brownie made in a slow cooker—on the table any night of the week. Gina Homolka shares 140 dishes that come together in a snap—whether in a slow cooker or in the oven or on the stovetop.”

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