Banana and Coconut Bread

This Banana and Coconut Bread is my new sweet bread favorite recipe. I’ve been hearing about banana bread for a few years now, I saw many different recipes for banana bread on food blogs, TV shows, or cookbooks but never felt tempted to finally give it a try. Never understood what was so special about this banana bread that everybody was so crazy about but I kept saying to myself that one day I would give it a try.

Last year I was visiting my brother in the United States and spontaneously we decided to go together in Hawaii. There was the first time I tasted a banana bread that made me understand why everybody loved it. That banana bread was absolutely amazing, such a delicious combination of flavors. When we returned home I searched for recipes that might tend to the Hawaii Banana Bread we served there. I’ve found several recipes and tried some but after all, I’ve made this final recipe of banana and coconut bread that is pretty close to the one we served in Hawaii.

It is important to use ripe bananas, the ones that have black spots on their exterior. This recipe is very easy to prepare, and it results in a moist bread that combines so good the taste of bananas walnuts, and coconut flakes. Instead of walnuts, you can use macadamia nuts or almonds, that’s a matter of preference. All you have to do next is to enjoy it with a warm cup of coffee.

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Banana and Coconut Bread

5 from 1 vote
This Banana and Coconut Bread is a quick and easy recipe for moist bread that combines so good the taste of banana, walnuts and coconut flakes.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup (125g) flour
  • 1/4 tsp (2g) baking soda
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (2g) salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick (113g) butter , room temperature
  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas (about 1 1/4 cup-300g puree)
  • 1/3 cup (70g) sour cream
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (75g) walnuts , chopped
  • 1 cup (70g) unsweetened coconut flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add in the eggs and mix well. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.
  • Mix in the mashed bananas. With mixer on low speed incorporate the flour mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  • Lightly grease a 13 x 4 inch (35 X 12 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. (9 X 5 inch – 23X13 cm loaf pan would be good too.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top. Bake for about 50-60 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert onto a wire rack.



Serving: 1 loafCalories: 3.341kcalCarbohydrates: 358.8gProtein: 56.5gFat: 201gSaturated Fat: 98.3gCholesterol: 604mgSugar: 201g
Calories: 3.341kcal
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, coconut banana bread, Hawaii banana bread, homemade banana bread, macadamia banana bread, walnuts banana bread

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  1. Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} Author says:

    I like EATING banana bread, but have never made it myself. I think I’ll give it a whirl also!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes, for such a flavorful bread the recipe is really easy so it worth the effort.  Let me know when you gie it a try. 

  2. emily Author says:

    oh my… I am loving your blog!!! I just came across you while looking for a crescent roll recipe. I will be trying yours this week!!! I host a Tuesday Link party on my blog and I would LOVE for you to come over and check it out. You have SO many yummy things to share!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you Emily for your appreciation. I am glad you like my blog and thank you for your invitation for your Tuesday Link Party. I will definitely try to be part of this. Have a nice day!

  3. Wedade Author says:

    Hi. I am wedade from algeria. Your Banana bread is the first recipe I tried. it was really delicious and even better the day after. already send your website to my sister in law.
    Now i am going to make cheddar biscuit and i will take pictures this time.
    I really can’t wait to try all the others recepies. They just look fantastic and so easy to make. I’m having fun cooking. Thank you very much

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Wedade, and welcome to my culinary adventures:) So glad for joining and trying my recipes, send me photos if you have some time:) Best, Ella

  4. this recipe sounds fantastic.. i want to give it a try soon and i’m wondering what can i use instead of coconut flakes. Thank you Ella for all of ur recipes, i’ve tried some and they turned very delicious, thank you :))

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sorry for the late answer, if you don't like coconut flakes you can leave them out, in that case you might need to add 1/2 cup flour more.. or maybe 2/3 cup more.. start with 1/2 cup and see the consistency. It might be enough.

  5. Sophie Author says:

    This looks delicious yet simple. Definitely will try one day. Hi from Malaysia!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am glad you like this recipe Sophie.. hope you enjoyed the video for it as well. .we launched it last week. Let me know if you gave it a try:) Hope I will be able to visit Malaysia some day ..

  6. aya ahmed Author says:

    hello am from libya and am in love with ur blog everything make wanna run into the kitchen and cook ……….. luv u

  7. Hallo. I have already tried so many of your recipies….everything is easy to make and very delicious. Tomorrow I will try the Banana Coconut bread. It looks so delicious. Love your videos.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you so much Pia for this comment.. really appreciate that:) It's very motivating and rewarding for me to hear that people are trying my recipes.. Let me know how the Banana bread turned for you.. you can even send me photos via Facebook..

  8. Hi Ms,
    I love your website. I will try this because I love banana. But I’d like to know if I can replace sour cream by yogurt and how much

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I would replace with same amount of yogurt

  9. Merin Author says:

    Hi Ella, I have tried this Banana coconut Bread. I used Cashew nuts instead of walnuts as I dont like the taste of walnut and It was delicious! I have also tried some of your recipes and they all came well. I really like your blog and your videos are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes….

  10. Dinie Author says:

    All the recipes i’ve tried from your blog produced great results. I am a certified fan of yours! Keep up the good work 🙂

  11. Yvette Aguda Author says:

    Hi 🙂

    I will try this recipe today, i would just like to know if same baking time if i will not be using unsweetened coconut flakes? Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  12. I have made this over 10 times , super good

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      So happy to hear that Rasha

  13. Can I skip coconut flakes (hard to find) and will the batter be too thick?
    If I add coconut milk then how much so that the batter isnt too runny?

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Yes, you can skip the coconut flakes but add another 1/2 cup flour instead.

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