coconut banana nut bread

Today is Mother’s Day! Happy Mommy Day to all you Mommas out there! Including me!!

My Mommy, who is in the kitchen making some coffee for us both at this moment, is one of the strongest and most dedicated women that I have ever known. She is also very kind, she is caring, and she is wise. When I grow up I want to be just like her!

Since today is our day, she and I will be spending it together in the kitchen. The little lady, Ana, will also hang out with us!  And to kick off this day I made something very special for my Mom.

banana bread

For some it’s just a banana bread, but for my Mom this is her caviar, her filet mignon, and her glass of Merlot! But it’s not the banana that she’s after – it’s the inclusion of coconut oil and coconut flakes that she loves. And I mean LOVES! Whenever I make this, she practically kisses me from head to toe.

This time around I made a slight change, though – I used a different brand of coconut oil. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Kelapo and asked if I would like to try their coconut oil product. I of course accepted – who wouldn’t?! It’s coconut oil! YUM!

kelapo coconut oil

When I received the jar, I immediately opened it, took a whiff (mmmm), and ate a spoonful – it was so good! I kid you not. And no, they did not pay me to say that. Smile No really…they just sent me the jar to try it.

I first tried it in a cookie recipe and those turned out great. Now I included it in this banana bread, and it honestly is the best banana bread I have ever made. But, what’s more important is that my Mom loves it! She can not get enough of this morning treat that we are having right at this moment. I wish I could share a slice with all you Mommas out there! I hope you are all having a wonderful day today!

coconut banana nut bread

Coconut Banana Nut Bread

You will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Kelapo Coconut Oil
  • 8 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 medium-sized ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of chopped mixed nuts, toasted (I use cashews, almonds, and pecans)
  • handful of sliced almonds for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat oven at 350.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

flour mixture

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the coconut oil and the light brown sugar.
  • Continue to mix as you add in the bananas, then the milk and vanilla. Mix for another 2 minutes. You are looking for a smooth batter.

banana bread batter

  • Next, while still mixing, add in the dry ingredients, one tablespoon at a time, making sure each addition is mixed in well before adding the next.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the chopped nuts and the coconut flakes.

banana bread batter

  • Transfer to a loaf pan and sprinkle the top with sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

coconut banana nut bread






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  1. Kita May 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM - Reply

    I know Im crazy late to this post but I did have to stop by and say this banana bread sounds awesome. I love banana bread and coconut – it sounds like it would be delicious together.

  2. Priscilla - She's Cookin' May 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    Congrats on the Top 9 – a nice Mother’s Day bonus :) I love all things coconut and, with the almond topping, this is a banana bread for me! I’ve been putting coconut oil in everything – I also rec’d a sample of Kelapo and made coconut shrimp.

  3. Jeanette May 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    I love all things coconut and recently just tried Kelapo Coconut Oil too! Loved the coconut scent as I silky smooth texture of this oil. Your Coconut Banana Bread looks amazing! Congrats!!

  4. Becky May 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    Belated Congratulations on the Top 9!! I’m way behind reading blogs:0

  5. Lora @cakeduchess May 10, 2011 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    I hope you and your mom had a great Mother’s Day! This bread looks delicious and such pretty photos. Now I have my first recipe ro try with this new jar of cocnut oil:)

  6. Juliana May 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM - Reply

    From you description you sure had a nice Mother’s Day…as for the banana bread, it certainly looks great with coconut, as a matter of fact I was recently introduced to coconut oil and I look forward to try it. Have a wonderful week Kate :-)

  7. Sandra May 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    This is a great recipe Congrats on Top 9!!

  8. Lauren May 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM - Reply

    Oh man does that look good. And I actually think I have everything for it :) yea!!!

  9. Kate May 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM - Reply

    Oooh wonderful recipe! Congrats on the Top 9! Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. Sandra's Easy Cooking May 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM - Reply

    Congrats on top 9!!!! This bread really looks awesome!

  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    Top 9 buddies again!! :) Okay it’s settled – this is on my must-make list! It sounds so flavorful!!!

  12. Carolyn May 10, 2011 at 6:33 AM - Reply

    Coconut oil really does add something unique to baked goods. This bread sounds amazing, and such a lovely tribute to your mother.

  13. Tes May 10, 2011 at 6:27 AM - Reply

    The bread looks so amazing! The flavour combination is so interesting, too. I will definitely try this :)

  14. sawsan@chef in disguise May 10, 2011 at 2:00 AM - Reply

    This looks amazing..I love the almonds on top..
    Congrats on the top 9! well deserved

  15. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking May 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM - Reply

    Your mom should be really special, Kate!! The bread you have made for her is so special too!!! I love the sliced almonds on the top!! Great job again!! And congrats on top 9 too :)!!!

  16. Kim - Liv Life May 9, 2011 at 10:59 PM - Reply

    You know how I love the tropics!!! This bread has my name all over it!!! Happy Mother’s Day, Kate! Sounds like you all had a good one.

  17. Coco200066 May 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Can’t wait to try this. Awesome!

  18. Sandra May 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM - Reply

    I’ve never used coconut oil before but heard that it’s fantastic and even kind of healthy. Love the yummy look of your bread and glad you and your Momma had a great time together. And Congrats on Top 9!

  19. Terris@Freeeatsfood May 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    Yum. This bread looks so decadent and moist. I always get weak in the knees for the combination of brown sugar, bananas and coconut.

  20. Evelyne May 9, 2011 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    Love banana bread, they look perfectly overripe, and the combo with coconut oil sounds great. Very tropical. Happy Mum Day!

  21. Michelle May 9, 2011 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    This looks FANTASTIC! Happy belated mother’s day!

  22. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 9, 2011 at 8:41 AM - Reply

    Happy (belated) Mothers Day to you! My favorite Banana Bread has coconut in it as well. Love the almond top. :)

  23. 5 Star Foodie May 9, 2011 at 6:53 AM - Reply

    Such a delicious looking banana bread there, with coconut, yum! Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s day!

  24. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 9, 2011 at 2:19 AM - Reply

    This bread looks amazing. I love banana bread and just adore the addition of coconut in this bread. Love the almonds on top too! :)

  25. Cookin' Canuck May 8, 2011 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    What a lovely tribute to your mum – both the words and the bread full of her favorite things.

  26. Kristy May 8, 2011 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    We’ve been testing banana bread recipes. I’m going to add this one to our stack! It sounds delicious!

  27. Oh, that bread looks so moist and sounds so fantastic. I love the inclusion of coconut oil but would have never thought to try it.

    I hope you had a fantastic Mother’s Day!

  28. spcookiequeen May 8, 2011 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Hi Kate,
    Wanted to wish you and your mom and Very Happy Mother’s Day. I can only imagine the smile on her face when you served her this yummy bread.

  29. Sandra's Easy Cooking May 8, 2011 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    What a lovely banana nut bread! I just bought last week Kelapo Coconut oil, and I am still thinking what to make..It smells heavenly!! :)
    Thanks for sharing, and I wishing you happy mother’s day!!!

  30. Happy When Not Hungry May 8, 2011 at 8:00 PM - Reply

    This bread looks delicious! I’ve never put coconut in my banana bread before, but I def want to try this!

  31. Vicki @ WITK May 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM - Reply

    Happy Mothers day to you! This bread sounds absolutely delicious, love the use of coconut oil. I can only imagine the flavor!

  32. Becky May 8, 2011 at 7:52 PM - Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day Kate! Your bread looks so good, especially with the addition of the coconut oil, and the coconut, with the banana. If you added rum, you would have banana colada bread. I might just have to try this!

  33. Amy May 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    Kate, your banana bread sounds amazing! I love the addition of the almonds on top! My Mom would love it as well, hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  34. Katie@Cozydelicious May 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    What a great way to start the day – this bread looks awesome. Hearty and sweet and wonderful!

  35. Anna May 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM - Reply

    Happy mommy’s day…I loved this idea of use coconut oil instead of butter, must be yummo….. It looks lovely with almonds on top.

  36. Irena May 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM - Reply

    Lovely bread….sound wonderful, Happy Mother’s day:)

  37. Lindsey@Lindselicious May 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM - Reply

    What a nice day with your mom! I’ve never made banana bread with coconut oil and coconut flakes before- but I love coconut so I think I must try this ASAP!

  38. claudia lamascolo May 8, 2011 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    This is an awesome recipe cant wait to try it!

  39. Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day, Kate! It sounds wonderful 3 generation women are spending this day. So happy to hear your mom really enjoyed this bread. Great job! :-)

  40. torviewtoronto May 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    congrats on the top 9

  41. Megan @ pipandebby May 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM - Reply

    Awwww, I love that you were able to spend the day with your mother. The bread looks amazing, as always. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  42. Tiffany May 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    This looks moist, delicious, and just wonderful!!!!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  43. Terra May 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM - Reply

    First off your pics look fantastic!!! I have not worked with coconut oil yet, but was just looking at it the other day. The banana bread looks so moist and delicious. And really pretty with the sliced almonds on top! Beautiful:-)

  44. kitchenarian May 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    I love coconut oil and use it often. This looks delicious. So glad you are enjoying your day with you mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

  45. Liz May 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    Congrats on another Top 9, my friend! And you’ve posted another winner here…oh, how I love coconut! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  46. PolaM May 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM - Reply

    Looks great! I have to buy coconut oil and start using it, this recipe looks like a good start!

  47. Firefly May 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Kate and your Mom :) hope you are both enjoying your day :D

    The banana nut bread looks delicious, I love banana bread with nuts. And coconut oil sounds wonderful, I need to get some :)

  48. Lori May 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    What a lovely looking bread! I have baked with coconut oil and I do love it! Send some of that tasty bread over this way! Happy mother’s day to you!

  49. Elyse May 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    This bread looks delicious! I am passing along several awards to you that you can get here:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  50. Nichol May 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM - Reply

    This bread is gorgeous. I would be the only one in my family to eat it, but that’s ok!

  51. Yuri May 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM - Reply

    This bread looks fantastic! Happy Mother’s day :)

  52. Parsley Sage May 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    Smashing Mum’s Day treat! It looks sooooo good :) You so lucky you’re getting to spend the day with your Mother. Sounds like a wonderful time. Happy Mother’s Day!

  53. Charlie May 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    This banana bread must be delicious with the coconut oil! I actually used to hate coconut and now I can’t get enough! The sliced almonds on top are a great addition :).

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