Edible Insects Recipe: Crickety Banana Bread

Dec. 9, 2018
May 12, 2019

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Chirps is on a mission to get people excited about eating bugs and build a sustainable food system around insect protein. When they first started Chirps, many people told them to hide the fact that their foods have insects in them, and to just talk about the nutritional benefits. That’s not them. Chirps wants to get people excited about eating bugs, one delicious cricket chip or cricket cookie at a time.

Crickety Banana Bread

Recipe contributed by CHIRPS

Total: 1 1/2 hrs; Active: 20 mins; Serves 6


  • ½ cups Chirps cricket protein powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2-3 mashed overripe bananas, plus topping
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cups butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½-1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • Sprinkle of black ants (optional)


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk


1. Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C

2. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

3. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.

4. Separately, mix butter and sugar.

5. Stir in bananas, eggs, and walnuts.

6. Pour wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir until well blended.

7. Pour batter evenly into loaf pan.

8. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a knife inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean.

9. Let loaf cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes. Then, wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture.

10. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

11. Next, in a small saucepan melt butter. Once butter has melted add dark brown sugar and salt, bring to boil.

12. Allow to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Place back on heat and return to boil, continuing to stir. Remove from heat and continue to stir, until caramel is smooth and formed.

13. Let caramel cool slightly, then drizzle on, then top with banana slices and ants. Serve!

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This entomophagy recipe is included in Bugs for Beginners, a cookbook which teaches Westerners how to prepare edible insects and safely eat a bug. Text may include affiliate links

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