April 29, 2012

Coconut chocolate chip banana bread

Banana bread is a wonderful classic for a reason - it's delicious. The smell of it baking makes me happy and reminds me of being a kid. It's comforting and perfect with a cup of tea. Why it's called bread though, I don't really understand. Aside from the loaf shape, it's basically a cake, just like most sweet quick breads and muffins really... But, that's OK. Banana bread is and will always be the perfect thing to make when you don't eat all of your bananas before they turn brown.

This banana bread recipe is inspired by the lemony olive oil banana bread with chocolate chips recipe from Melissa Clarks' Eat this Now. I used the lemon, but decided to add some coconut and used coconut oil instead of olive. I'm completely in love with coconut oil right now and have been using it in a lot of recipes lately. This is my adapted recipe. It will make one loaf of banana bread.

Coconut chocolate chip banana bread
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the coconut and chocolate chips.

In a medium bowl, mash up the bananas. Add the coconut oil, eggs, sour cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Whisk until well-combined.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly, about 50-55 minutes.

Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to finish cooling (or as long as you can wait before eating a slice - slightly warm is best).

What was I cooking one year ago?: sweet and sour chicken


  1. Oh Yum! Great combinations of ingredients! Love how moist it looks ! I never tried coconut oil before & would love to try since I saw a couple of bloggers included you using it for their bakes! Yup, curiosity is my another weakness! LOL Will try this recipe of yours soon! Have a lovely week, Amy dear ! :)

  2. The combination of coconut, chocolate and banana I am sure made this sweet bread simply irresistible! I can smell it even here!

  3. Oh this looks perfect for me right now! I need a slice please~

  4. Love banana bread and this looks so good! The addition of coconut & chocolate make it extra special.

  5. I have 3 bananas in the freezer right now. This calling to me and saying "delicious way to use those bananas - now!"

  6. Whoa... I don't think my mind can comprehend all the great ingredients you are adding to this banana bread. I've GOT to try this!

  7. ooh, i just used coconut oil in some carrot cookies that came out fantastic! love the idea of using it for banana bread, too :)

  8. Sounds like all of my favorite flavors in one loaf. Yum!

  9. looks soooper tasty & yummm
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  10. I've been using a lot of coconut milk in my baking, and I'm loving the flavor. This bread sounds so, so delicious! :)

  11. I am a banana bread FIEND. And adding chocolate just makes it even better :) I love spreading nutella on warm banana bread, so this is just the next best step!

  12. I have been craving banana bread all week! This is scrumptious with the chocolate chips and coconut oil! I want a slice soooooo badly.

  13. Coconut oil in banana bread sounds like a great combination. I like calling banana bread "bread" instead of "cake" because it means I get to eat it for breakfast =)

  14. I stumbled across that recipe just last week and vowed to make it the next time I had brown bananas on hand! I think I'll make your version instead. yum!

  15. I like the idea of coconut in the banana bread...looks so flavorful :)
    Hope you are having a great week Amy!

  16. A different and tasty sounding banana bread.


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