Amazing Coconut Banana Bread Recipe?
There is a great recipe for banana bread with coconut in Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything." We make it all the time. It is moist and delicious. In addition to the coconut, the recipe calls for a small amount of whole wheat flour. My kids love it when we add chocolate chips to the recipe.
I like to make a "hawaiian-ish" banana bread that has coconut as an ingredient. I make a basic banana bread and add lime zest, toasted coconut and chopped toasted macademia nuts. On top, I sprinkle some untoasted coconut, since it will toast while baking. After it's finished baking, but before it cools, I poke holes on the top w/ a toothpick and drizzle on a glaze of lime juice and powdered sugar. While this isn't solely coconut, it's a critical flavor and it tastes great. I won a banana bread contest, beating about 100 entries, with this recipe.
I've seen recipes and baked carrot cake and carrot bread recipes that will occasionally call for coconut. Go ahead and use some.
I make macaroons, and other baked goods with coconut, why not banana bread?
Toasting the coconut lends another flavor, but not necessary for the interior of the banana bread, willl most likely give it texture and flavor.
I do have a an excellent banana bread recipe that comes with a butter warning if you want it...
re: chef chicklet
Miss Lil’s Banana Bread - topping is optional
2 c butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 lg bananas or 3 small & 1/2 cup nuts optional
10x 4inx 3in well greased and floured baking loaf pan
Cream butter with sugar until fluffy
add the eggs one at a time and beat well
sift flour once and all dry ingredients
add the dry to the wet cream a little at a time until well mixed
blend in the mashed bananas
pour ingredrients into a baking loaf pan
place in the oven high
bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean
1 loaf - or 12 muffins
Brown sugar, pecans ½ cup spread over the batter for the bread before baking