Frugal Foodie Mama: Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread

This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread is the perfect combination of sweet & tart thanks to creamy coconut and a hint of fresh lime...
This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread is the perfect combination of sweet & tart thanks to creamy coconut and a hint of fresh lime.

There is no flavor combination out there that screams summer is on its way to me quite like lime with coconut. The sweet & tart combo of lime and coconut makes me think of cabanas on a tropical beach, and sipping on frozen libations on the backyard deck, and of course that super catchy song by Harry Nilsson. And I know pineapple and coconut get most of the summer lovin' (Hello, pina coladas! Duh.), but I think the coconut/lime combination deserves a little time in the limelight too (Like what I just did there? ;) ). 

I know that the official start of summer is still over a month away, but who says that we have to wait until then to get into that summertime vibe? Not me! I am diving right in with this moist and flavorful banana bread recipe. The banana bread itself is packed with lots of sweet coconut flavor and just a hint of fresh lime. But what really makes this bread something else is the super simple tart lime glaze you drizzle right over top. Finish it all off with a little toasted coconut, and you have just created the perfect taste of summer in the middle of May... 

This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread is the perfect combination of sweet & tart thanks to creamy coconut and a hint of fresh lime.
Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ingredients (1 loaf)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp coconut extract (can use vanilla instead)
  • Juice & zest from a fresh lime (save the half of the juice & 1 tbsp of the zest for the glaze)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup coconut or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp shredded coconut
For the lime glaze
  • The reserved lime juice & 1 tbsp of lime zest
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray to add even more coconut flavor).

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, and coconut extract. Then mix in the bananas, lime juice & zest, and yogurt.
Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Mix well. Fold in the 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.

Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan. The bread will take about 1 hour, 10 minutes to bake. The banana bread is baked through when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.

While the banana bread is cooling, toast the remaining 2 tbsp of coconut. Turn the heat on the oven down to 325 degrees. Spread the shredded coconut on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer. Toast in the oven to 3-4 minutes. Keep a close eye on it- shredded coconut can go from perfectly toasted to burnt in seconds. Allow to cool.

For the lime glaze
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining lime juice, 1 tbsp of zest, and powdered sugar until smooth.
Pour the glaze over top of the cooled banana bread and immediately sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

Slice, serve, & enjoy!
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This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread is the perfect combination of sweet & tart thanks to creamy coconut and a hint of fresh lime.

This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread is the perfect combination of sweet & tart thanks to creamy coconut and a hint of fresh lime.

This Lime in the Coconut Banana Bread makes the perfect sweet treat for breakfast, a tasty addition to a weekend brunch menu, or a quick dessert for a family get-together or backyard BBQ. 

Which summertime flavor combinations are you most looking forward to? :)

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