Banana bread: Would you like some crickets with that? (Now with video!)

Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Cowboy Cricket Farms is a Montana business that raises crickets to be used as food. In this case, the 100 percent pure cricket powder was added to baked goods to give an extra protein punch.

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Instant Pot Caramel Pecan Banana Bread was a real hit around the Ranger-Review office, even with the addition of crickets!

(Video at the end.)

Innovation is sexy. Inventiveness is attractive. Problem solving is a highly coveted skill. It is said, neccessity is the mother of invention. Is it though? Was that pressure cooker vegan pistachio cheese really necessary? Well, someone invented it and well, someone tried it.

While, I might leave the pistachio cheese recipe, after having tried it, right where I found it, I wouldn’t have known if I liked it or not unless I tried it. When trying innovative new (pressure cooker) ideas, I like to try and source the ingredients locally from our own sexy, small businesses. I recently discovered the art of making my own lotions using ingredients found here in town. I started making my own different curd flavors using locally sourced eggs.

One afternoon, while I waited (im)patiently for my pressure cooker to finish its magic I was searching for my next great recipe find. I began marking the latest trendy recipes: the chicken stuffed with dill pickles, check, the black bean cake, check, the japanese pancake, check.

Then I stumbled on the motherload of recipe substitutions. I did a quick bit of research, picked out a couple of dessert style recipes and went to work experimenting with my new secret ingredient.

This ingredient can be found worldwide and in some societies is a treat. Even better though, I found an innovative Montana company that raises and manufactures this high-in-protein, low carbon footprint, ingredient. After an email or two and a couple quick phone calls, I was in innovative pressure cooker recipe business.

I made my caramel pecan banana bread not forgetting to add in that extra special secret ingredient. I brought my prized pressure cooked yummies to work and warned my co-workers that they were in for a real treat. I challenged them to see if they could taste the secret ingredient. I asked if they would eat it again. They, mostly, said they thought the goodies were delicious.

That’s when I broke the news. I added crickets.

That’s right, while I can’t be certain that we didn’t eat any of Jiminy’s relatives, whose family tree must be extensive, we did eat crickets. 100 percent pure cricket powder produced from Montana raised crickets.

Cowboy Cricket Farms is a veteran owned company based out of Belgrade. Their packaging claims “Cowboy Cricket Farms 100 percent Cricket Powder is a great way to increase your protien while staying environmenally friendly!” It also states “100 percent satisfaction guarantee!” While, I personally, can’t promise you will be 100 percent satisfied with your new bag of cricket powder the reactions of my co-workers and other unsuspecting victims was 100 percent satisfying.

Oh and it is gluten-free!

If you are curious about what a cricket cookie might taste like, go visit one of our local sexy entreprenuers, Trinity Bakery. Tell Charlene, “When you wish upon a star” and she will offer you a cricket cookie (for a limited time.)

Just add a tablespoon or two of your cricket powder to your favorite recipes. Your family will love it!

Instant Pot Caramel Pecan

Banana (Chirp) Bread

Original recipe at:


(1-2 tbsp Cricket Powder)

3 Bananas

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 TSP baking soda

1/2 tbs salt

4 tbs vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup pecans

12 oz caramel sauce


In bowl mash bananas add 2 eggs,

Stir in margarine , sugars, baking soda, vanilla, and Salt till well combine.

Stir in flour (and cricket powder) mix well.

Place one cup water in the bottom of the Instant pot along with a trivet

Spray your spring form pan with cooking spray or oil

Pour Caramel topping into pan

Chop pecans and place on top of caramel

Pour batter over the pecans

Place in the Instant Pot for 48 minutes on high pressure

Do a natural release for 5 minutes then do a quick release

Once done remove from instant pot and tip pan over onto a serving plate. Remove spring form pan and enjoy!

Elizabeth Kaiser is an occassional food columnist for the Ranger-Review. She can be reached