My family is really big on banana bread, probably because my husband and kids are not fans of ripe bananas 🙂 I’ve made a lot of these breads over the years, experimenting with different combinations and this recipe is one of our favorites!

Typically in the past, I’ve made banana bread with baking soda, then discovered the light, almost cakey texture that baking powder gives, so this recipe is entirely new. The coconut mixed in and sprinkled on top along with a pinch or two of brown sugar gives it a lovely, golden crust that’s full of flavor and texture.


1 stick softened butter

1/2 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

3 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 c. sweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 c. flour


Cream butter and sugars together. Add in mashed bananas (I just toss in large chunks and the running mixer will mash them up if they are nice and ripe) eggs, coconut and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry mixture slowly to wet batter, mixing just enough to incorporate but not to overwork. Pour batter into a greased bread pan and sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp coconut. This will give it a lovely crust. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. A toothpick should come out clean.

A little ice cold milk and you are all set! :]

If you make the bread, I’d love to know how it turns out for you! Do you have a favorite bread recipe that you turn to?