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Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

After traveling on the road, skiing down mountains, and falling asleep under heavy comforters hours before normal, my weekend vacation has come to an end. It's a bittersweet affair. I love to run away from "real life" for a moment, reveling in the suspended time only travel can lend. Even so, all good things must come to an end and (unfortunately) that also includes vacations. Returning to reality jolts my senses and it takes me a moment to realize that this is home and I'm back where I belong. I feel a great sense of loss, but for what I'm never quite certain.

Nevertheless, after a day or two, I settle back into reality as if nothing had changed (and maybe nothing really had).

Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

The anticipation and build up before the trip, the rush to pack everything, the early morning turn out of the driveway, the frantic screaming to stop the car!, the last minute dash back inside to collect forgotten items, and finally hitting the highway, leaving the familiar brush of reality behind—this is what I love about traveling. There are many more moments I have fallen for, but this is where they all begin.

Maybe my early start turns later than expected. Maybe, for once, I haven't left something behind. Maybe I make it all the way to the airport before I realize I've left my cell phone behind (which is only made more ironic after strongly asserting to everyone within earshot that if I didn't pack it, I don't need it). Sometimes the order of events is different, but it's the on ramp of the highway or the takeoff of the airplane that I look forward to most.

Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

After coming home from my getaway and remembering once again that I do, indeed, like to bake, a loaf of banana bread with tropical flair seemed to fit my bittersweet mood just right. Pineapple and toasted coconut remind me of faraway places and the banana part of bread keeps me grounded. A balancing force for a Wednesday morning.

As I sit down to eat this bread, I can only dream of the tropical vacations to come...

Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

This Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread combines the fruits of the tropics and dishes them up in a familiar experience. Pineapple chunks and coconut flakes are scattered throughout the bread, with a sprinkling of toasted coconut to round off the top. The bread is moist and flavorful on its own, though it pairs perfectly with a pat of butter. It's just the right combination of flavors to bring sunshine up an ordinary weekday.

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Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread
Adapted from Joy the Baker

Yields 1 standard loaf

2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup light olive oil (or vegetable oil)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus extra for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, olive oil, and sugar, mixing well. Stir in flours, baking soda, salt, and ground ginger. Fold in pineapple and 1/2 cup coconut flakes. Place batter in prepared pan and sprinkle top with coconut flakes until lightly covered.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until coconut is toasted and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool further.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with a small pat of butter.

Reader Comments (13)

Oh my! This is a tropical dream! Love this idea and can't wait to try!
Hopefully you have returned from your trip refreshed and ready to bake up a storm! I always look forward to your creations. I think banana bread is my favourite snacking food. The coconut on top looks gorgeous. I think the next batch I whip up will have to follow this idea.
This sounds amazing! 3 of my favourite things in one bread!
03.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anna
You mentioned all the great things about traveling. I love it all and then it feels nice to finally be back home in a familiar place, only to have it feel like you never really left the next day. I just love the feeling of traveling. The plane part I could do without, but that's because of good ol' motion sickness that I can get by simply backing out of the driveway :/ I do like the random people I meet on airplanes though :)
This looks absolutely beautiful. With the weather getting warmer I'm definitely moving away from chocolate desserts and towards lighter, brighter fruits and citrus - this looks like the perfect intermediary step between seasons. And all that toasty coconut on the top looks simply scrumptious!
03.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
Gorgeous bread, gorgeous photos! Love the three-way combo of these star ingredients
03.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
The coconut, pineapple banana bread made me smile on this rainy winter afternoon. A warming touch of the tropics is most welcome! A perfect alternative to the classic banana nut bread!
03.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

just tried this cake yesterday: amazing! easy to do, and easy to modify - I used apples instead of ginger, and 2 cups of regular (all-purpose) flour, as I had no ww one. The result was delicious :-) I am planning to do another version of it, this time by adding almonds or walnuts.
05.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTena from Croatia
I made this bread and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I'm from Panama and live across from the fruit market :) this recipe it's easy to modify.. I add more pineapple, use fresh ginger and add a little bit of fresh coconut milk....AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting it. I love your blog
06.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeach
Is it ok if I substitute the coconut flakes with dessicated coconut? Can't find any where I live unfortunately!

Sounds delish! Will try as soon as bananas are ripe enough!
06.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDimi
Dimi-- I would substitute shredded coconut instead of the coconut flakes (you can find those in any baking aisle). Dessicated coconut is too fine for a bread like this. If you do go the dessicated coconut route, I would use far less than this recipe specifies.
06.14.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Just found this today and will be trying it asap!! I love yummy new ideas that help make weekday breakfasts and school lunches a snap! Thank you!
11.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
This looks excited to try it!!
09.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPS

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