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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5 Responses to “Banana Bars with Cream Cheese frosting”

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    Joelen — January 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I love recipes from family members and this certainly looks great!

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    Jen — January 8, 2009 at 12:11 am

    My family is all about simple tasty food. Nothing fancy from them. These are so good!

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    bensbaby116 — January 8, 2009 at 2:01 am

    What a great idea for using up bananas…something different from the normal old banana bread! Thanks for posting!
    ~bensbaby116

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    Laure — January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What a neat recipe! I’ve got some bananas at home that are about to turn brown . . . they may just end up in these bars . . .

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    ~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear — January 9, 2009 at 5:59 am

    These sound really yummy! TFS…

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