Coconut Banana Bread

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So, the day I made and photographed this bread, the Tall Boy was sick, my house kitchen was in disarray, and Doodle was following me from room to room asking if I was “done yet” so we could play Operation.

Clearly, I need the “liposuction” version of the game, because every time I made this bread, I end up eating the entire loaf.

For some reason, the Tall Boy thinks any sort of sweet bread automatically means there are nuts mixed in, even though I always leave them out.  Well, except for the one time that I added some very finely chopped pecans to my pumpkin bread, which he discovered only after he’d eaten a huge hunk.

Also, I like to add coconut to my banana bread, which he also assures me that he hates.

I won’t mention the fact that he drank a number of piña coladas on our honeymoon, or that he likes the piña colada slushies from QuickTrip in the summer.  Nope, I won’t say a word about that.

Anyway, I just plopped this loaf of bread down on my tabletop and snapped a fast picture so I could get down to the business of beating Doodle in a series of board games teaching my toddler the importance of good sportsmanship.  I realized later that the lack of a decent background makes this bread difficult to see, and so I had high hopes of baking another loaf and trying to take some better photographs.

Except that would mean eating another loaf of this all on my own, and my jeans can’t take any more, okay?  Plus, this bread is so good, so moist, so coconutty-licious that I wanted to share it with you right away.  You know, if you’re like me and are so over winter weather.  In my mind, coconut + lime = beachy thoughts, and I’m totally ready for that.

Chandra, this recipe is for you!

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Coconut Banana Bread

adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

    For the bread:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (I usually use about 4 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice (you can substitute milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • additional coconut, as desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, sour cream, apple juice/milk and vanilla; beat until blended.
  4. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut, and spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut.
  6. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.
  7. Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk. I like to add some additional coconut to my glaze. Drizzle over warm bread.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/coconut-banana-bread/

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Comments

  1. ok everyone can I just say that I have had this bread and that it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE should have an Ashley in their lives that bakes them coconut banana bread!!!!!!
    Thank you Ashley!!!! Will there be any left to bring when you come this weekend? hee hee hee

  2. This is the same recipe I have used and it is WONDERFUL. I always keep this on hand in the freezer and take it often to dance night. But why does yours look soooo much better? Your presentation is great!

  3. Wow, that looks so good. I love that coconut lime glaze on top. :d
    I pretty much love anything with coconut. I just made coconut oatmeal pancakes last night for mardi gras (and to get the last of the coconut out of my house before lent)

  4. What a gorgeous loaf of bread! I’ll have to make this for my coconut-loving hubby. :-)

  5. YUM! I definitely have to try this!

  6. Don’t you hate when the men in our lives COMPLAIN about our cooking? It’s like, you’d totally die without my sweet, generous meal-and-sweets-making every day. I mean, seriously. My boyfriend does it all.the.time and I’m like, it’s this or cereal and we only have the stale bits that barely make a bowl soooo… your choice, toots.
    I LOVE banana bread yet have no decent recipes sooooo I can only imagine if this tastes as good as it looks (and it looks positively scrumptious, may I add) I will be in banana bread heaven, swimming in a coconut sea of happiness.

  7. everything sounds great about this … except i’m not a huge fan of bananas. =/ any idea of what i could substitute in? maybe applesauce?

    • Amy, I refuse to eat bananas by themselves, but I do eat them in baked goods! Yes, you could definitely substitute applesauce in this, and quite honestly, I’ve been thinking about trying it with strawberries. Hmmm, I might have to give that a try soon!

  8. It’s like kismet – I’m making banana bread tomorrow and I thought hmmm…wonder if I should add coconut? Now I totally am! :)

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