For the two loaves pictured, I doubled the following recipe.
- 1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup raw honey)
- 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil* (My note about this is at the bottom)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (5-6 medium)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used a tiny bit less)
- 1 and 2/3 cups 100% whole wheat flour (Next time, for an experiment, I'm going to try the coconut flour I have on hand.)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnut halves)
- 1 cup shredded coconut (The coconut I used was very 'fine'.)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease the bottom only of one 9x5" loaf pan. (For just in case, I greased pan bottom and also put one sheet of parchment paper in just the bottom of the pan and greased that.) Set aside.
- Mix sugar (I used raw honey) and coconut oil until well blended. With using the honey, I was very surprised to see I had a very 'thick/white mixture' when I first combined the two but I kept the 'beater' going until it was very smooth/well blended-- until the two started to 'behave' and 'get along'!
- Add mashed bananas and water, mix well.
- Add baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix in evenly/well.
- Add flour and mix ONLY until all is just moistened.
- Stir in nuts and coconut.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake until toothpick or sharp knife inserted in the middle of loaf comes out clean-- this will be about one hour.
I adapted this recipe from a site with free coconut recipes. It was originally submitted by Rachel of Costa Rica.
*Through the years, there's been 'hoopla' about coconut oil. First, it was safe. Then, it wasn't. Then, it is, again. When I did the following 'GOOGLING', this is what came up:
- Coconut Oil Benefits: 4,820,000 sites
- Canola Oil Benefits: 1,050,000 sites
- Olive Oil Benefits: 3,370,000
- Butter Benefits: 42,700,000
- Coconut Oil Dangers: 522,000
- Canola Oil Dangers: 132,000
- Olive Oil Dangers: 1,410,000
- Butter Dangers: 5,110,000
Do the 'Google' for yourself, read away and draw your own conclusions-- there is SO MUCH information available on the pros and cons of almost everything. More information, I think, than any human could ever cover! I just know that through the years, I faithfully used canola oil and olive oil-- now, as I've aged, I question the smartness of my relying on canola oil as much as I did.
What can I say!?!?! The two slices were just...................really that good!