Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

When cooking magazines first arrive at my house, I seem to whiz right through, only seeing the words that jump off the page at me. I don’t take time to read it carefully, read it completely. I look for things I know I will like and don’t explore the new, the unknown. But on long drives, I find that I go through my magazine 2 or even 3 times. I read through the articles and the recipes – even the ones I don’t think I will like. Then I look through all the pictures, trying to get more ideas of how to get those incredible pictures everyone has on their food blogs! Then, sometimes, I read through again, folding down the corners of what I plan to make.

That is exactly what happened this week. I traveled to the Andes to deliver some Christmas goods to a small mountains town. On the way, I took up the Cooking Light special 20th edition from September of this year. I went through the magazine several times and found myself turning down the corner for something that I had missed the first several times through. It was a quick bread using bananas and coconut. I knew I had brown spotted bananas waiting for me at home and for some reason, I had bought coconut at the store. I think I am finally coming to grips with the fact that I do like freshly grated, unsweetened coconut. I have always lived with the idea that I hate coconut. But what I dislike are those bags of sugar coated white strings – what they say is sweetened coconut. ACK! Natural, I can do…sweetened? Never.

This morning as I pondered what I should bake today (that is a daily question with me!) I decidedly pulled out the magazine I had had with me and began to bake this cake. With coconut as its star ingredient, this is being submitted to AFAM (A Fruit A Month) which is featuring Dry Fruit this month. AFAM was created by Maheshwari of Beyond the Usual, and this month being hosted by Lathama of The Yum Blog.

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Source: Adapted from Cooking Light, September 2007


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup of plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of flaked unsweetened coconut
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon of flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lime or lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, rum, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Stir in 1/2 cup of coconut. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of coconut. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.
  4. Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk; drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely on wire rack.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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17 Responses

  1. Latha Narasimhan says:

    Thanks for the lovely entry noelle! 🙂 Nice recipe!

  2. Emiline says:

    The bread looks beautiful! I love the flavor combinations. I also love Cooking Light-they have such good ideas.

  3. Karen Downing says:

    Yum Yum Yum. Your photos are beautiful!

  4. Julie says:

    That’s a nice touch adding coconut, I bet that add a really nice taste and texture.

  5. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Latha – You are very welcome, I enjoy challenging myself with new recipes!Emiline – Cooking Light is my *favorite* and this bread was a great highlight from it.Karen – *Thanks!*Julie – The coconut was something I hadn’t ever thought of with a banana bread. It was nice to have something new.

  6. Cyndi says:

    I made this today for my daughter……it is fantastic! The only thing I did differently was that I added 1 cup of coconut instead of 1/2 because we are HUGE coconut lovers. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  7. Nemmie says:

    That makes my mouth water, most definitely. Gorgeous!

  8. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Cyndi – Thanks so much for letting me know that you made this and liked it! that is great! I am glad you personalized it as well!Nemmie – I almost made more into cupcakes tonight for a trip since the thought of the flavors is *so* good!

  9. bee says:

    what a wonderful medley of flavours. love this recipe.

  10. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm that looks yummy. Everyone seems to love Cooking Light so I bought my first issue a few weeks ago but unfortunately didn’t find too many enticing recipes.

  11. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Bee – Thank you, it was a delicious combination!EatMeDelicious – I am so bummed you did not find much in the issue you bought! Some months there is less than others. And sometimes at first glance it appears that way, but after reading more, you find more. I do hope you will try again! I have loved them over the past 7 or 8 years.

  12. ksklein says:

    i just have to try this recipe. sounds like a great combination: lime – coconut – bananas.

  13. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Ksklein – I hope you get a chance to try this, it was delicious!

  14. Katelyn says:

    I’ve always added coconut to my banana bread and I think this tastes fabulous! Can’t wait to try to lime drizzle on top! Great to find a banana bread recipe that doesn’t call for a ton of butter!

  15. Shauna says:

    Yum!! You should submit this recipe to the Moist Banana Bread Contest: gets a $50 gift card to Sur La Table!!blessings,Shauna

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for bringing this recipe to my attention. Although I don’t really like bananas I had some saved in the freezer and decided, since I needed the space, to give this a shot. Besides, my spouse LOVES bananas! I finally got around to making it last night and it is REALLY delicious. I really like the coconut and lime component and will have this be my go to Banana Bread recipe from now on.~paulaz

  17. Melissa says:

    Coconut and bananas! What a yummy sounding combo. I am definitely going to have to try these.

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