Recipe: Coconut Banana Bread

I haven’t done a recipe post since the New Year because of all the back-to-back style challenges, so here’s the first recipe of the year, which combines two of my favorite things: banana bread and coconut. Recipe adapted from here.

What You Need:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 medium overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)

Instruction:
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside (I used a 9×9 pan, which worked out fine.)

2. Stir together the mashed bananas, coconut milk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

3. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients with the wet until just combined. Stir in the coconut flakes.

4. Pour batter into pan (I like a lot of coconut, so I sprinkled some of top as well.) Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool completely before slicing.

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Recipe: PB & Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m a banana bread convert. I know there are people who won’t eat bananas unless they’re in baked goods, but I was the opposite: to me the idea of bananas in muffins and things just seemed… wrong. Well, no more. I usually buy more bananas than I can eat, and I hate throwing anything away, so banana breads they become.

I don’t remember where I get this recipe from. The chocolate was my idea, though, it’s a natural addition to peanut butter.

What You Need:
1 9″ loaf pan
3 ripe bananas, mashed (if your bananas are not ripe enough, peel and freeze them. When you thaw them out, they’ll be nice and mushy)
1/2 C creamy peanut butter (you can substitute the same amount of oil)
2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 ts baking soda
1/2 ts salt (I omit this and don’t see any difference in taste, since peanut butter has enough salt in them)
1 ts baking soda
Optional: 2 TBs up to 1/4 C cocoa powder, 1/2 C walnuts, 1/2 C chocolate chips (or, you know, all of the above :P)

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the mashed bananas, peanut butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, mix until smooth.

2. Shift all the dry ingredients together, along with the cocoa powder (if used). Combine with the wet ingredients until just incorporated.

3. Mix in walnuts and/or chocolate chips, if used.

4. Butter or spray your loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour batter into pan. Bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.