Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread

by Kate on October 13, 2014

Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread - Cravings of a Lunatic

So, this may sound weird but there’s nothing I like better than seeing a bunch of brown bananas sitting on the counter. In fact, when I buy bananas I tend to grab a few more than I actually need in the hopes that a few will be left by the wayside. I bet you know why. Are you with me here? Come on, brown bananas are the BEST for mashing and then transforming into banana bread. I know that my next group of ripe bananas are destined to become this Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread. Isn’t it gorgeous?? I can’t take any credit for it. Nope.

This enticing creation before you is courtesy of my pal, Kim. She is the creator of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kiss My Smoke, TWO drool-worthy websites that will keep you entertained, hungry and coming back for more. Today, Kim has graciously come over to cook for you all while I’m still on the mend and look! She brought this tantalizing tropical sweet bread. Do you just want to grab a drizzle of that coconut glaze with your finger?

Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread - Cravings of a Lunatic

Thank you so much for being here today, Kim! Without further ado …



Hello Food Babbles peeps. I’m so happy to be here today. I adore Miss Kate, and her blog. So when she mentioned she needed time off I was happy to help.

I’m Kim, and I blog at Cravings of a Lunatic, and also Kiss My Smoke. I met Kate eons ago through our blogs and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting her in person.

I have this overwhelming desire to peek around the corner right now to see if Kate is watching me. There’s something so odd about guest posting on another blogger’s site.

There’s Good Kim sitting on one shoulder saying “be a good girl.” Then there’s Bad Kim sitting on the other shoulder “oh, this is going to be fun.” I never know which one to listen to.

Since this is for my pal I shall be on my best behaviour. I suppose I should say “I’ll try to be on my best behaviour.” Just in case. I mean you just never know what might come flying out of my mouth. Queen of the inappropriate comments in real life.

Banana Coconut Sweet Bread - Cravings of a Lunatic

Don’t panic though, my kids are older. My daughter is almost 21, and my son is 26. There’s a certain element of peace that washes over when you realize you’re pretty much done raising them. You can let your guard down a little bit. This usually leads to trouble.

We have a real laid back approach to life now that they are older. When they were young we were so careful about everything we said, and everything we did. I was one of those parents who was hyper involved at their schools, and after school activities.

What is really cool about spending that much time with them when they’re young is that when they grow up to become your friends. My hooligans are two of my best friends in life. That’s a pretty amazing thing. We love spending time together. There is an ease to each relationship.

We dig going to movies, hanging out at home chatting and being goofy. I spend an enormous amount of time at the barn with daughter. People refer to us as The Gilmore Girls, but with swearing. It’s not that far off base.

As you get older you realize that real friends are hard to come by. Ones who truly have your back are rare. I know I can count on my two kids. I also know I can count on Kate. She’s the real deal. I feel really blessed in life to have friends like her who have my back when the chips are down.

Banana Coconut Sweet Bread - Cravings of a Lunatic

So this is an ode to Kate, and the rest of our crew we spend time with. Real friends are precious. You get to share stories, help each other through the up’s and down’s of life, and if you’re really lucky (and I am!) you get to laugh with these people as much as possible. Laughter is everything in life. Pair that with good friends and good food, well, that’s just paradise.

Thanks so much to Kate for having me today. And a huge thanks to Kate, and our other buds who helped me through a difficult summer. I had a bit of a health crisis this summer, Kate and the girls were so supportive through it. I heart her, and wanted to do something to repay her for her kindness.

I encourage y’all to get in the kitchen and bake this sweet bread right this minute. It’s super easy to make and will impress your family and friends. Well, if you share it with them, that is. I, for one, would highly recommend inhaling the whole batch before anyone gets home. Then hide all evidence. It’s how I roll.

Swing my blog, Cravings of a Lunatic for all kinds of indulgent treats. Or you can swing by my grill blog, Kiss My Smoke for year round grilling inspiration. I’m a Canuck, so I brave the elements year round to make sure I get my grilling groove on. Hope to see you soon.

Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread

This Banana-Coconut Sweet Bread is incredibly easy to make. It uses coconut in each element to really give it a tropical twist. Enjoy!


    For the Sweet Bread:
  • 1 1/3 cups flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening (substitute coconut oil if you want a healthier version!)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 bananas, mashed 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • For the Coconut Glaze: 
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream (go less for thicker glaze, more for thinner glaze)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut 


    For the Sweet Bread:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray, and then line it with parchment paper. I use two strips, one going in each direction so there's an overhang on all the sides, it will allow you to remove the loaf easily. Once you line it give it another quick spray with the non-stick spray. Helps the parchment to not slide around too much. Set the pan aside.
  3. In one large bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Mix well. 
  4. In another large bowl combine all your wet ingredients. Mix well, but leave the banana a bit clumpy for texture. I like mine to have little bites of banana in it. 
  5. Now pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. 
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 45 to 55 minutes. I start watching at about 40 minutes, you want the top to be golden brown. The loaf should be able to have a toothpick inserted into it and removed, and be clean. If there's batter stuck to the toothpick cook it a bit longer. 
  7. Remove from oven and place pan on a cooling rack for a good 15 to 20 minutes. Good luck resisting it. It is seriously tempting to dive right into it. 
  8. Now you can remove the loaf by pulling up by the parchment overhang you left on it. It makes it so easy to remove. Peel away the parchment and set the loaf back on the cooling rack. 
  9. For the Glaze:
  10. In a medium sized bowl combine the confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream. Also add the coconut extract. Whisk until it comes together. If it's too thick add more heavy cream. If it's too thin you can add more confectioners' sugar. I usually eyeball mine, but I would guess I use close to 2 tablespoons heavy cream to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar.
  11. You can drizzle this over top, or if you like it super thick you can put it on like icing on a cake. Roll with it any way you like. 
  12. Now toss the shredded coconut over top. Go crazy. Shredded coconut is freaking amazing. So pile it on, then pile on some more. 
  13. Enjoy with a big old banana and coconut loving smile!


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ChristineM October 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

yum…. I am not a fan of coconut, but this? I think I can become one! Thanks for sharing!!!


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