I found this recipe on The Kitchn in an article about cooking with coconut oil. It’s become all the rage and it’s available at Trader Joe’s right now … and probably regular grocery stores too. Coconut oil is an excellent sub for baking. Here’s the links to the suggestions for baking with coconut oil and one about its health benefits.
In any case, I’ve used my coconut oil twice: once for this AMAZING banana bread and another for frying up some lime spiked brown rice to serve with my crab cakes (that recipe will come in a couple days).
This banana bread is super moist. For days. Seriously. It’s absolutely amazing. And the best part? It’s not as unhealthy as other banana bread recipes! I spread a bit of cookie butter on it, and oh my god. HEAVEN. But it’s also completely delicious on its own. Give it a try!
The original recipe is here. I added some chopped walnuts, but you can feel free to leave them out if you don’t like them. I also used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose.
(Makes 1 loaf)
1/2 c. coconut oil
1 c. Greek yogurt
1 c. brown sugar
2 ripe, medium sized bananas
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan or 8×8″ pan with cooking spray.
In a stand mixer, beat the coconut oil on medium speed for about 7-8 minutes until it becomes light and soft. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together.
Add the yogurt to the coconut oil and continue to beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and continue to beat until combined and slightly fluffy, about 5 minutes. Then, add the bananas and egg and mix until combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until JUST combined. Fold in walnuts, if using. You don’t want to overbeat, especially using whole wheat flour.
Pour into your pan and bake 45-55 minutes until a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Start checking at about 30 minutes. If the top and edges get too brown, cover with foil.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before digging in!