Coconut Banana Bread

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Hi Everyone! As promised, I am posting the delicious coconut banana bread recipe I made this past weekend.  I always end up having overripe bananas in the kitchen and my favourite way to use them is in banana bread or banana chocolate chip muffins.  I usually make a recipe my mom gave me but its definitely not the healthiest banana bread recipe out there.  However, I also don’t want a banana bread recipe that is overly healthy and tastes like cardboard.  Luckily this one is right smack in the middle and is DELICIOUS, moist and quite nutritious! There is no butter in this recipe and instead of using whole eggs; you’ll only need the whites.  I added walnuts to the recipe for added protein and well because I feel like banana bread is lost without some sort of nut in it, does that make me a nut for thinking this way? I hope NUT.  Yep, I fully admit I’m a nerd.

One of the best things about baking banana bread is the exquisite smell that lingers through your house! I think someone needs to invent one of those glade plug in scents that emulates the scent of fresh baking banana bread! Kind of a genius idea, right?!

I’ve had a slice of this bread almost every day since I’ve baked it and I have another 3 ripe bananas in my kitchen to make a second batch with.  I think I really love this recipe because of the added coconut that we all know I’m fixated on at the moment! I promise my next recipe will not contain anything even remotely coconut-related. It’s going to be broccoli soup!



Coconut Banana Bread
 Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 Large ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
½ tablespoon olive or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup of brown sugar
3 egg whites
¼ cup plain greek yogurt
¼ cup + 2 tbsp coconut almond milk or light coconut milk
¼ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Add egg whites and mix together until smooth and then add in the oil.
  4. Slowly incorporate the flour and combine until moist.
  5. Add in the greek yogurt and coconut milk and combine. 
  6. Lastly fold in ½ cup of coconut and walnuts (if using) into batter.
  7. Pour into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of coconut on top.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and the bread is golden brown.

Happy Baking!




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37 comments

  1. Mmm...this looks SO delicious, Natalie! I swear I can't read your blog without feeling hungry. lol

    We always have overripe bananas in the house. I'll have to get some coconut and try this out! :)

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    1. Thanks Steph! I am making myself hungry again just by looking at the pics lol

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  2. Looks great Natalie. I like walnuts in banana bread, too. And right now I have three brown bananas that need a home!

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  3. Bookmarking this Natalie, this looks incredible. So impressed that you made this with only 1/2 tbsp of oil. And coconut is good for you so I just ignore all the fat and calories in that. :-)

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  4. I'm so silly. I wonder why it never occurred to me to blend bananas and coconut into a pastry this sounds amazing!!

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  5. Of all the banana breads I've made, I somehow have never made one with coconut!! This sounds SO good and dang I really need to try it. I'm obsessed with coconut too. :) And I hope you don't mind me linking to it in a comment, but you have to see my "banana bread journey" from last year, speaking of how many banana breads I've made: http://veronicascornucopia.com/2012/09/14/kansas-state-fair-2012-part-5-the-banana-bread-journey/ *It will help to know that CW is my Mom's nickname, it stands for Crazed Woman. There's a link to the story in the post if you must know all. lol

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    1. I'm going to read all about it now, thanks Veronica!

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  6. I love this bread! Coconut and bananas are a magical combination!! All the ingredients are perfect! Delicious :)

    I hope you don't mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

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  8. That looks and sounds completely amazing.

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  9. Natalie, this is one beautiful loaf of banana bread. And it is protein rich, low sugar, and low fat!

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  10. I've got 3 overripe bananas on the counter - it's a sign!!! I will most definitely be making this at some point this weekend :)

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  11. Lovely bread, perfect for weekends :)

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  12. I looooove coconut but don't see it nearly enough in breads. This looks SO good to me!

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  13. Oh My! This looks soooo good! I adore coconut in anything but in banana bread oh my oh my oh my!

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  14. Yummy I crazy about coconut !!

    Kisses
    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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  15. Love the tropical flavors of coconut and banana together!

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  16. GAH, I love the gorgeous bits of toasted coconut on the top of this bread. And since it's healthy, I can eat a couple of pieces in one sitting, right? :)

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  17. My goodness that looks so good! I love anything with coconut in it.

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  18. That looks amazingly delicious. I love nuts in banana bread but my kids don't like them, so I rarely include them. I have a pile of bananas on my counter right now just begging to be made into banana bread. :)

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  19. i hope nut hahaha love it. this hasta get made asap! all simple and healthy ingredients, yumm!

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  20. That looks great with all that coconut! I was just thinking of making coconut banana bread - now I'll have to get around to it for sure :)

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  21. Coconut and walnut in banana bread, a healthy and delicious treat.
    Coconut in broccoli soup could be a great idea.

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  22. What a beautiful looking bread. I love how it's all wrapped in shredded coconut and yes, this is a great way to use up over-ripe bananas xx

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  23. I'm so with you about banana bread. The smell of it baking is just amazing and I'm always planning a second loaf as the first one is finishing! So, so good!

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  24. Please come over and cook this for me. It looks delicious!!!! <3
    I can almost smell it! Nicely done, Natalie!

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  25. Amazing recipe !
    I just can't get enough of banana bread, I even eat a little piece at night sometimes :)

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  26. mmm not only does that look delicious, but it's so pretty! Looks so professional :)

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  27. Coconut and banana are such a perfect pair! What a great bread!

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  28. I love banana bread variations, but have never thought of adding coconut. I must try this sometime soon!

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  29. Ooooer, could you save me a slice? Coconut and banana are delightful together - I'll be trying this next time I have overripe bananas :D

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  30. What an amazing bread, Natalie! Loving the ingredients!!! Your photos make it look scrumptious!

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  31. I love banana and coconut - wonderful combination!

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