Recently my boyfriend came home with a box of 15 bananas that were leftover from the Coaches vs. Cancer 5K race. What do you do when life hands you 15 ripe bananas? Well, you could make 5 loaves of this Coconut Oil Banana Bread! Actually I just made one loaf at the time and froze the rest of the bananas for future use. But I can guarantee that most of the frozen bananas will be used to make more banana bread. My boyfriend practically begs me to make it for him every weekend.
I have been using this particular banana bread recipe for a few months now and absolutely love it. It is the most incredibly moist and delicious banana bread that I have ever made. The coconut oil provides sweet, yet very subtle coconut flavor that complements the bananas well. I seriously love coconut oil- these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies and these Coconut Oil Brownies are two of my favorite recipes from the blog. But even if you are a coconut hater like my boyfriend, the coconut flavor in this banana bread is not overpowering by any means. I am not even sure whether my boyfriend knows that this recipe uses coconut oil- although I guess that the secret is out after reading this post. Oh well, I already have it on record that he loves this bread!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 medium-sized bananas, mashed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In another large bowl, beat the coconut oil with a hand mixer on medium speed until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined and smooth. Add the brown sugar and mix until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and bananas. Mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown in color and baked all the way through. An inserted knife should come out clean. Allow the bread to cool completely before serving.
Source: Recipe adapted from Chez Us