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Amazing Coconut Banana Bread Recipe?

Does anyone have coconut banana bread recipe? If not...would it be ok to just throw in some coconut in a regular banana bread?

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  1. 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...

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    1. re: chef chicklet

      sure! I figure if you're gonna eat banana bread eat banana bread.

      1. re: izzizzi

        Miss Lil’s Banana Bread - topping is optional

        2 c butter
        1 cup sugar
        2 eggs
        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

        Praline topping
        Brown sugar, pecans ½ cup spread over the batter for the bread before baking

    2. 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.

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      1. re: mtbwustl

        This sounds really delish! Would you mind sharing your "hawaiian-ish" recipe?

        1. re: Kitchen Queen

          check out Cooking Light for the recipe. But really, any basic banana bread recipe will work with the addition of the other ingredients.

        2. re: mtbwustl

          Thanks, mtbwustl. Sounds like something I need to put on my "to do" list. Approximately how much coconut do you mix in with the batter? Think I'm good to go winging everything else. Love interesting new twists on old favorites.

          1. re: Old Spice

            Yikes, I tend not to measure the coconut. A good handful?

          2. re: mtbwustl

            They have a similar recipe on cn cooking light..is this that one? or inspired by it? sounds good.

            1. re: izzizzi

              It is mostly the Cooking Light recipe, but I tend to not measure and I added the nuts. But yea, it's the CL recipe.

          3. 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.

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