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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4 Responses to “Blueberry Lemon Basil Cupcakes”

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    Joelen — July 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Wow! What a unique flavor for cupcakes! The filling looks awesome cut open and I can only imagine how great they taste!

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    Karen — July 31, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    oh wow, these sound awesome. and they look beautiful. 🙂

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    Isa — September 26, 2008 at 1:42 am

    They look great! I love the blueberry filling =) It’s such a colorful (and oh yeah, tasty) surprise when you bite into that cupcake…

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    Kris — August 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    These cupcakes are amazing. I have made them 3 times this summer!!! So thanks so much for the recipe!!!! I just referenced you and this recipe on my (newish) blog for lemon week. here is the link
    http://everywhereorange.blogspot.com/2010/08/lemon-blueberry-basil-cupcakes.html

    let me know if this is a problem. 🙂 kris

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