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Banana Bread with Coconut Oil

A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe mashed bananas

Pineapple-Coconut Bread

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed

Chocolate Banana Bread

  • same ingredients as original banana bread with the addition of:
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips at the same time the flour is added to the bowl. Mix as directed.

Instructions

  1. Grease and line (with parchment paper) one large or two medium loaf pans.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place rack in middle of oven.
  3. Place the coconut oil, sugars and vanilla in a bowl. Mix on medium speed until oil and sugars are combined and smooth. Add eggs. Beat for an additional minute on medium speed, add buttermilk until combined.
  4. Add all dry ingredients. Mix on low speed just until wet and dry ingredients are combined, about 20 seconds. Add mashed bananas and mix on low for about 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl one time to make sure the ingredients are all incorporated. Blend until bananas are mixed in well with other ingredients. Do not over mix, do not mix on high speed.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes (for two medium pans) 50-55 minutes for one large loaf pan, or until toothpick inserted in middle of loaf comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. When the loaf is touched in the middle, the loaf should spring back.

Recipe Notes

-To line the pans with parchment, I place the paper on a counter, then place the pan on top of the paper. Trace around the bottom of the pan with a pen, then cut out the shape and place in the bottom of the pan. I usually double or triple the paper and cut several out at one time. You may also purchase pre cut liners in a baking supply store. I always recommend using a liner so the bread does not stick to the bottom of the pan. I also always grease with spray oil the bottom and sides of the pan to insure the bread does not stick.

-For the best banana bread, the bananas should be very ripe. I use bananas that have black skins and are so soft, they can easily be mashed with a fork in a small bowl. If the bananas are extremely ripe, and you are using a stand mixer, the bananas may be added whole and will easily break up with the use of a paddle attachment.

-Remember, do not over mix the bread. If the mixer is set on a high setting, air will be mixed into the batter and the bread will have a light texture, instead of a dense texture, which is desired in a quick bread.

-If you have an abundance of bananas and no time to make banana bread: Peel the whole, ripe bananas. Place the whole bananas in a ziplock bag. Freeze until ready to use. When ready to use, thaw on counter, or place in microwave for a few minutes or until softened and thawed. Drain any water off of thawed bananas before using.