When it comes to the handiest gadgets in your kitchen that you probably only use once in a blue moon, your slow cooker is probably on that list. It’s just one of those things that seems vastly underrated, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, it should be on your go-to list of most useful things in your kitchen, and that’s because it’s good for so much more than just simmering chili or stew all day. Let’s be honest, dessert is probably your favorite part of the day. (Or it’s at least close.) Have you ever considered using your slow cooker for dessert? There’s not much that’s better than coming home after a long day to the smell of a warm, mouth-watering dessert filling the house. These tried-and-true recipes deserve a chance.
Even if your family loves bananas, it can be tough to finish off a whole bunch before they get too brown to make for a tasty snack. Fortunately, that means they’re perfect for banana bread or banana cake. Instead of mixing up a traditional loaf, try this slow cooker recipe from Averie Cooks. Her version isn’t exactly banana bread — it’s closer to cake — but you don’t have to tell anyone that! This recipe adds a brown sugar sauce that keeps the whole thing moist, and that means you’re going to be eating it with a fork instead of on a plate with a bit of butter. Brown sugar adds an incredible flavor to any dessert, so there’s everything to love about this recipe.
If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, you can use your slow cooker for an amazing upside-down cake. This Food Network recipe is going to take more bananas than the leftovers you couldn’t finish, so you’ll need to plan ahead a bit to make sure you have enough super-ripe bananas on hand. You’re also going to need some non-traditional ingredients, like a splash of dark rum. The brown and white sugars mean this one isn’t healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but dessert isn’t supposed to be!