Something happens to me as soon as the temperatures drop. Without thinking, I whip open the pantry and start pulling out the flours and sugars and flip on the oven. You’d think we lived in the stone age and I had no choice but to light a fire to warm the house. Of course, that’s not the case, yet, no heater can warm things up the way that something baking in oven can. Just the smell alone of baking bread makes everything better.

Since we usually have a ridiculous number of bananas, I knew I needed to make some banana bread. I was going to make my standard recipe that we love, but once I saw a package of shredded coconut in the cabinet, plans immediately changed! I love coconut and knew paired with pecans, this bread would be wonderful. That combination reminds me so much of a German Chocolate Cake. Hmmm…if you love that cake as much as I do…consider dropping a handful of chocolate chips into this bread. Wouldn’t that be delicious?

I think this may be my new favorite banana bread. There is so much toasty, crunchy flavor from the coconut top and the pecans within. I think it’s that combination of textures and nutty flavors that make this bread so irrisistable. If I had been home alone when I made this…well, let’s just say my family may see this post and ask, “When did you make that?”

This healthy Coconut Pecan Banana Bread may be the best I've ever made! | @tasteLUVnourish

Coconut Pecan Banana Bread
Serves: 1 Loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 medium bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup + 1-2 tablespoons shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the dry ingredients through the sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add the yogurt and coconut oil and bananas. Whisk until combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Add ½ cup of the shredded coconut and all of the pecans. Mix just until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut.
  6. Bake on the center rack for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Notes
Do you buy way too many bananas like I do? If you've got some that are too soft to eat, peel them, slice them in half and quickly put them in a zipper bag. I remove any air from the bag and lay them on a flat surface, making sure the pieces are separated from each other so they won't freeze into one big block of banana. They will keep for about two months in the freezer. To use in breads like this, remove what you need from the freezer and thaw in a bowl or dish until soft.

Don't skip roasting the pecans in this recipe. I only say that because I used to skip that step frequently in recipes. I do it every time now. Toasting really makes a world of difference. Do a test…toast some for this recipe and keep some aside to compare. The difference is amazing, isn't it? I like to toast in a dry skillet over medium heat. Keep a close eye on them and keep them moving in the pan. As soon as you smell the nuttiness, toss them a few more times then remove them from the heat. I like to leave them in the pan to cool while I prepare the rest of the ingredients.

 

 

This healthy Coconut Pecan Banana Bread may be the best I've ever made! | @tasteLUVnourish