Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coconut Lime Banana Bread (Low-Fat!)

I really have no words. Except for maybe "yum". And "my stomach hurts from eating so much". But otherwise, that's about it. This bread is delicious and summery and moist and amazing, without and oil or butter.

The little coconut flakes add an interesting texture without being overpowering and the hint of lime adds an amazing tropical punch. Please, please make this. Really. It will transport you immediately to a sandy white Caribbean beach with a tanned cabana boy serving you a piƱa colada in a coconut shell. I promise.

Coconut Lime Banana Bread (adapted from this and inspired by this)


  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3 medium bananas; smashed

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk*

  • 1 tablespoon applesauce

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

  • zest from 2 limes

  • *No buttermilk? No problem! Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to 3/4 cup of milk. 

    Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease a 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5-inch pan, then dust with flour. Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl for 5 minutes or until thick and light. Mix in the smashed bananas, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Then sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl. Add the coconut flakes and zest and mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (the top of the bread should be golden brown). Flip outside of the pan and enjoy! 

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