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January 8th, 2014

Easy Coconut & Banana Bread.

Easy Coconut & Banana Bread.

This is the banana bread recipe I use when I’m on holiday because it doesn’t need an electric mixer – super easy.

I prefer to serve it toasted – both sides under the grill – with butter.

Good to make the night before and keep it wrapped in baking paper for freshness.


3 large ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of shredded coconut
Shredded coconut to sprinkle


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 175°C. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.



    Yum – really similar to this (except these are muffins) —–>

  • Aimee

    Looks delicious!
    Paula, what is one of your weeknight go-to recipes? I’m struggling for dinner inspiration lately. With 8 mont old twins, I want something that is relatively quick to cook.
    As a busy working mum who obviously loves to cook, I’m sure you have an ace or two up your sleeve. Would love if you could share.
    Thanks, Aimee

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  • Stefanie

    Hi Paula, have been checking the site regularly for the recipe since you posted the pic on instagram and everyone requested it. Going to make this on the weekend, looks delicous! Hope you are enjoying your holiday, loving the pics from your holiday, the lake looks divine x.

  • Leonie

    Would love to reblog this Paula onto my New Zealand blog you mind?

  • Annanotherthing

    I wonder if you could use coconut oil instead of butter…..

  • sylvie

    this looks so good I am going to bake today. Is ‘all-purpose flour’ the same as plain flour?


    Yup! Exactly the same!


    Yes – you can! I’ve done it a couple of times with success :)

  • Valentina

    I made this today with my 3 year old and it is absolutely divine! So declicious and easy to make, thanks for the amazing recipe xx

  • Danelle

    Is it vanilla essence or extract? Many thanks :)

  • Em Wood

    I made this in our house last night and it is half gone already. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

  • PaulaJoye

    Fabulous Em.
    It’ll become a staple I bet.

  • Natalie

    Hi Paula just making this yummy bread at what stage do I put the coconut? Before baking and just to sprinkle on top? Thanks ! X

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Natalie
    I put in the mix and then sprinkle some extra over the top – 1/4 cup ish.
    Will amend recipe – thank you for pointing out.

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