Banana and Coconut Bread

Banana and Coconut Bread

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I've been hearing about banana bread for few years, I saw many different recipes of banana bread on food blogs, TV shows or cookbooks but never felt really tempted to finally give it a try.
Never understood what is so special about this banana bread that everybody is so crazy about but I kept saying to myself that one day I will give it a try. Last year I was visiting my brother and spontaneously we decided to go together in Hawaii. There was the first time I actually tasted a banana bread that really made me understand why everybody love it. That banana bread was absolutely amazing, such a delicious combination of flavors. When we returned home I've 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 on Hawaii. 
It is important to use really ripe bananas, the ones that have black spots on their exterior. This recipe is very easy to prepare, and it results a moist bread that combine 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 along a warm cup of coffee. 
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  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix in the mashed bananas. With mixer on low speed incorporate the flour mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  5. Lightly grease a 13 x 4 inch (35 X 12 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. (9 X 5 inch - 23X 13 cm loaf pan would be good too.
  6. 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.
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Nutrition facts Whole Bread - Calories:3,341, Fat:201.0 g, Saturated Fat:98.3 g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:358.8 g, Sugar:201.0 g, Fiber:27.6 g, Protein:56.5 g, Cholesterol:604 mg, Calories from Fat 1809, Sodium 1744 mg, Vitamin A 80%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 73%, Iron 80%, Nutrition Grade D+,Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On November 17, 2012 at 03:32 pm, Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} said...
I like EATING banana bread, but have never made it myself. I think I'll give it a whirl also!

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. 

On November 18, 2012 at 06:32 am, emily said...
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!

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!

On June 28, 2015 at 03:15 pm, Wedade said...
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

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

On September 05, 2015 at 06:18 pm, Mary said...
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 :))

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.

On September 16, 2015 at 09:51 pm, Sophie said...
This looks delicious yet simple. Definitely will try one day. Hi from Malaysia!

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 ..

On October 01, 2015 at 05:50 am, aya ahmed said...
hello am from libya and am in love with ur blog everything make wanna run into the kitchen and cook ........... luv u
On October 11, 2015 at 07:44 am, Pia said...
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.

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..

On October 15, 2015 at 01:08 am, Nhu said...
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

I would replace with same amount of yogurt

On January 21, 2016 at 07:27 am, Merin said...
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....
On April 07, 2016 at 04:35 pm, Dinie said...
All the recipes i've tried from your blog produced great results. I am a certified fan of yours! Keep up the good work :)
On June 25, 2016 at 02:20 am, Yvette Aguda said...
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. :)

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