Banana Coconut Bread

In an attempt to clean out our freezer, I was faced with a common delima. What do I do with these frozen bananas? Sure, I could have just thrown them back into the freezer where they’d sit for who knows how long. But I decided instead to bake with them.

I decided by coworkers would appreciate some banana bread to go with their coffee in the morning, so I started flipping through some cookbooks. I’ve really been trying to use my cookbooks more frequently. I have a tendency to just go straight to my Google Reader or other online avenues for finding recipes.

I opted for this recipe from Joanne Chang’s Flour. Her recipes are always a hit. My Go-To Chocolate Cupcake Recipe is from her. And she beat out Bobby Flay on Throwdown for her sticky buns.

As expected, this recipe yielded a moist, flavorful banana bread. Since I didn’t have any nuts on hand, I tossed in some toasted coconut instead. The coconut provided a unique texture and a subtle hint of coconut. One of my coworkers told me the banana bread was delicious. After having a second piece, he came and said “it’s not just delicious, it’s exquisite!”

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I am submitting this for this month’s What’s Baking, hosted by Jenna of Jenna’s Cooking Journey. This month’s theme was Quickbreads!

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Banana Coconut Bread

Banana bread gets a unique twist with the addition of toasted coconut.

Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup toasted coconut

Directions:

Set oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.

Drizzle in oil.

Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients and coconut.

Pour into a lined loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Recipe adapted from Joanne Chang's Flour

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8 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Cookies”

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    hannah! — June 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    im so sad it has come to an end too! anyway these must be pretty tasty

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    lovestoeat — June 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    mmmmm those are one of our faves..i made them a TON last year..soo good
    yours look great

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    Amy of Sing For Your Supper — June 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    These look delicious!! I bet they’d go over great at a 4th of July party! I loved your strawberry week- such a great idea!! 🙂

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    Sarah — June 5, 2010 at 1:43 am

    These look great! We definitely don’t need 3 dozen though and wouldn’t want so many to go bad. Do you think they’d freeze well? I was thinking of doing what you did with freezing the chocolate chip dough a few weeks back, but I’m not sure if the strawberries throw a wrench into the mix.

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    Jen — June 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Sarah,

    I’m not sure if these will freeze well. They were definitely best the day they were baked. Nice and crispy like a shortcake. The second day they were a bit more soft. I’d definitely be nervous to freeze them, but if you try it, let me know how it goes.

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    squirrelbread — June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    just made these, and we loved them! a nice little hot weather treat.

    cheers,

    *heather*

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    A Bluebonnet in Beantown — June 19, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Yum! I’m planning to take my kidlets strawberry picking for the first time. This looks like a great way to use some berries.

    Gena

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    Amy — June 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I made mine canelle-style so they look like little pink footballs and sprinkled them with turbinado sugar…SUPER YUMMY!

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