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“5 Banana” Coconut Banana Bread

Super moist banana bread prepared using 5 bananas & toasted coconut. Tropical bliss in a bread!

toasted-coconut-banana-bread-2 Do you face with the problem of overly-ripened bananas with blackened skin which no one in your house wants to touch??


Here comes the loaded banana bread which uses 5 large overly ripe bananas. Dessert, breakfast or snack ready with bananas you were planning to get rid of! It makes my heart sing every time when I can find a good use of produce on the verge of going to waste in a delicious way.

I am a sucker for good moist banana bread. I still remember one time during our weekend trip to Chicago, I prepared a loaf of this delicious banana bread and took it for snacking. It lasted us good 2 hours(!!!) as I couldn’t stop myself from finishing it up slice by slice it with a cup of hot coffee.

toasted-coconut-banana-bread Now lot of other family members have joined in the ongoing bandwagon and I get requests for this crazy good deliciously sweet and moist bread almost every other week. The classic version without any add on’s is just perfect in itself and seriously it can replace a dessert too. I noticed it gets better as days pass by. Kept in an airtight container in refrigerator, it keeps getting softer and much more delicious with each passing day.

toasted-coconut-banana-bread-4 Now this bread, I wanted to do something different with the classic banana bread and it seemed right to add toasted coconut to the batter to make it perfect for hot summer weather as who doesn’t likes a good tropical tasting goodness?!!

toasted-coconut-banana-bread-1 On another note did you guys watch ” The fault in our stars”?!! I have already watched it twice, dragged him to watch it as well and now planing on making my mother watch it as well! It’s a beautiful story and very nicely made. Must watch guys.

Ohh and may be you can sneak in some of this bread too!!

toasted-coconut-banana-bread-2 “5 Banana” Coconut Banana Bread

Note: I made this loaf little less sweet but if you like a good fully sweetened bread, go ahead and make it 3/4 cups brown sugar instead of 1/2 cup.

Makes one large loaf.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • (2+1/3) cups banana puree (You might end up using 5 large overly ripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes plus extra for garnishing

Pre heat oven to 350F.

In a bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, add olive oil and brown sugar. Stir it until it gets evenly mixed. To it add eggs and stir it around. Add banana puree and mix it all together. Add the banana mix to dry ingredients and fold until it all comes together. Try not to overmix.

Fold in the sweetened coconut flakes. Pour the batter in a greased loaf pan or loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Garnish with more sweetened coconut. Bake in a pre heated oven for good 60 mins or until knife comes out clean.

74 comments… add one

  • Glamorous Glutton June 30, 2014, 10:52

    This looks wonderful, covered in toasted coconut on the top. I bet the coconut and bananas keep it really moist inside. GG

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks! Hope you give it at try!

  • Ema @ On the flavor road June 30, 2014, 10:52

    You won’t believe me, butttttt…I have never made a banana bread in my all life :(! I thought it was difficult, but reading your recipe I realized it is not :)! That’s great!!! I just bought coconut flakes and given that I usually have ripe banans at home, I write down your recipe and I’ll make it soon :)!
    Thank you for this fabulous recipe Ami :*

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Aww Ema, there’s always a first time!! Let me know how you like it!

  • ela@GrayApron June 30, 2014, 10:52

    It does look like a tropical goodness! Love it!

    ela h.

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Ela!

  • cheri June 30, 2014, 10:52

    Love the addition of the coconut, looks delicious!

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Cheri!! Let me know if you get a chance to try!

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 30, 2014, 10:52

    Love banana bread- really craving a slice of this right now!

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      I am craving it too as I finished all in straight 2 days!

  • Athena June 30, 2014, 10:52

    Yes! I’ve tried coconut banana bread with coconut flour, but I’m sure it’d be better with all purpose. This looks so good!

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Ohh I am curious to try it with coconut flour now!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout June 30, 2014, 10:52

    That shot of toasted coconut… yum!!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe :)

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      You are welcome Medha. Hope you get a chance to try this recipe out!!

  • Mike@TheIronYou June 30, 2014, 10:52

    5 bananas and toasted coconut…sounds almost too good to be true!

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      hehe thanks Mike!

  • Danielle June 30, 2014, 10:52

    Ah! I love banana bread, but adding coconut? Now that’s genius! The pictures are gorgeous, I could go for a slice (or two or three) right now ;)

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Danielle!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 30, 2014, 10:52

    I love banana bread. It is one of favorite ways to use really ripe bananas. I love your addition of the coconut. I bet it is so delicious 😀

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Cindy. I love good banana bread too.

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane July 1, 2014, 10:52

    I’ve heard it said a few times that you can never have too many banana bread recipes. Well, I wholeheartedly agree! I definitely like the sound of a really banana-y, coconut-y version like this, especially if it gets better every day. Yum yum for sure!

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks for such a wonderful comment!!

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine July 1, 2014, 10:52

    Bananas AND coconut. Two of my favorite foods in the world, together. Looks amazing! And I have some spotty bananas in the kitchen right now.

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      You should make this Michelle!!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 1, 2014, 10:52

    Love you added coconut!! Everything always tastes better with coconut. I’ve gotta try this recipe 😉

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      You should Olivia!!

  • Tamara July 1, 2014, 10:52

    Nice photos of the bread! It looks fabulous and you’re right – who wouldn’t want this tropical tasting goodness.
    We often have overly ripe bananas because one of my kids will go through a phase in which he or she likes bananas, so we’ll get excited and buy a ton, and then no one eats them as is.
    I haven’t seen or read “The Fault In Our Stars.” Yet.

    • naivecookcooks July 1, 2014, 10:52

      Haha I know that feeling Tamara!! Hope you give this a try and thanks for visiting here!!

  • Heather @ My Overflowing Cup July 1, 2014, 10:52

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I am heading in my kitchen at this moment to use up my ripe bananas with some muffins for lunches tomorrow. I always add coconut to my banana bread, but I have never toasted it before. Thanks for the tip and the recipe!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      Heather I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan July 2, 2014, 10:52

    This looks absolutely delicious!Love the coconut! I have got to learn to be more adventurous with my banana bread :)

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      haha thanks Karen and do let me know if you give it a try!!

  • Jhanis July 2, 2014, 10:52

    This would be perfect for my afternoon coffee! and coconut flakes? Yes please!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Jhanis!

  • Von July 2, 2014, 10:52

    Wow….5 bananas! :) I love the combination of coconut and banana- it sounds amazing! I never have the problem of overly ripe bananas because we go through our bananas really quickly. Infact, I always have the opposite problem when I want to make banana bread- someone always gets to the bananas before they’re ripe enough!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      haha in one way its great that you don’t have to worry about over ripe bananas! Hope you give this 5 banana loaded bread a try! Thanks for the lovely comment.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 2, 2014, 10:52

    I love the flavors combination in this bread and that it’s just five ingredients! Can’t beat that!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Gayle!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 2, 2014, 10:52

    We always have overripe bananas at our house. This recipe looks wonderful and I love that you combined coconut with it for a little tropical flair. My daughter saw The Fault in Our Stars but I’m going to have to hold off a few years to watch it. My son recently fought a successful :) battle against cancer and he is about the same age as the characters in the movie so it hits way too close to home. Some day I’ll watch it though.

    • naivecookcooks July 2, 2014, 10:52

      I am glad Christin that your son is doing well now. Hoping the very best for his health!! Lots of love and blessing. :*

  • Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong July 2, 2014, 10:52

    Ami! the bread looks amazing…. I simply adore the combination.. banana and coconut really complement each other… :)

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Arpita!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 2, 2014, 10:52

    The more bananas the better in banana bread! This recipe is fabulous!

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Katrina! Yep it makes me feel much less guilty to have it for breakfast as it’s got five bananas!!

  • Archana @ The Perfect zest July 2, 2014, 10:52

    really like the addition of coconut – that would really interest me in a banana bread – of which I’m not much of a fan otherwise. A cup of coffee to go with it too!

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Yes cup of coffee always makes it better!!

  • Alex@vegginout July 3, 2014, 10:52

    I love The Faults in out Stars!! Such a good movie and a fabulous book!

    This bread looks perfect. I always buy bananas and then often forget about them until they’re too black to eat plain. But I usually still have some leftover even when I make banana bread! Problem solved. 😉 The addition of coconut sounds lovely too!

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Haha I am glad you find a solution to your problem!!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 3, 2014, 10:52

    What a great idea to put lovely toasty coconut on the top. I too, add more banana to my banana bread and it comes out moist and delicious.

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      I totally agree!! Great minds think alike huh hehe!! Thanks though for visiting!

  • Allison July 3, 2014, 10:52

    Um yum!!! I love the banana coconut combo. Although, I must admit, I love the over ripe bananas. Everyone in my house saves them for me 😉

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Haha thanks Allison!! Atleast you don’t have to worry about over ripe bananas going to waste!

  • Muna Kenny July 3, 2014, 10:52

    I think I’m getting addicted to your blog! You are posting all my favorite dishes. I never really had this coconut banana bread before, but had same tasting cookies while in India, it tasted awesome. I’ll bake this bread because it looks yummy and to remember the good old days ;)

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:52

      Awww I am so glad that you are and I really appreciate that you are enjoying all the recipes!! Thanks for such a wonderful comment!! You have been to India?!! Let me know if you have any other favorite dish which you like me to post!

      • Muna Kenny July 8, 2014, 10:52

        Seems like you are already posting my favorites :) … Great blog!

        • naivecookcooks July 9, 2014, 10:52

          I am glad you are enjoying the recipes Muna!!

  • Liz July 3, 2014, 10:52

    The addition of coconut pushes this lovely banana bread over the top! Wow!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Liz!

  • kristie @ birchandwild.com July 3, 2014, 10:52

    The perfect roadtrip food? I am in! This looks delicious :)

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52


  • Isadora @ she likes food July 3, 2014, 10:52

    5 banana banana bread sounds amazing!! I bet it is so moist and so delicious! Bananas and coconuts are the perfect combo and I bet they are a match made in heaven in this bread!!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      It is seriously moist Isadora and it gets way better day after day! The only problem – hard to resist this bread!

  • Holly July 4, 2014, 10:52

    This sounds amazing! I love banana loaf and I love coconut, can’t wait to combine them!

    • naivecookcooks July 6, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Holly. Hope you give this a try!

  • Kelly @ Trial and Eater July 6, 2014, 10:52

    This looks great! I haven’t seen TFIOS but I have read the book, it’s a great story!

    • naivecookcooks July 9, 2014, 10:52

      Yes it is! Thanks Kelly for visiting!

  • Kelly July 7, 2014, 10:52

    This looks amazing! I am such a coconut lover and a sucker for moist banana bread so this is totally irresistible!

    • naivecookcooks July 9, 2014, 10:52

      I hope you try this Kelly!

  • Anne July 7, 2014, 10:52

    You are kidding. That looks so amazing. I want a soy latte and a piece of that now. I mean, I just ate lunch but still…

    XX Anne

    • naivecookcooks July 9, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Anne! It sounds perfect with soy latte!

  • Richa Singhal September 22, 2015, 10:52

    I love banana bread..I have been wanting to make banana bread for a long time, and when I saw your post and how you added coconut to it, it looked delicious, and mine too turned out great! Great recipe!!!

    • naivecookcooks September 22, 2015, 10:52


  • jayanthi October 17, 2015, 10:52

    It was heavenly..the smell.it came out super.thanks for your recipe..

    • naivecookcooks October 17, 2015, 10:52

      So happy that you enjoyed it!!

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