A Southern Grace: we have the fruits.

November 3, 2015

we have the fruits.


I've been on a real banana bread tear lately and obviously can never be convinced that I've achieved banana bread perfection.

Each loaf I've made has had a little something tweaked, whether it's the spices, the type of fat, sugar, and/or flour, the amount of banana, or the kind of nut. The trend I've been noticing is that I'm using less and less banana* in each loaf, substituting some applesauce or pineapple or, in this case, both in its place. I decided to add some coconut to this loaf too, and immediately thought I'd try coconut oilas my fat to boost that coconut flavor.

*Here's a question: At what point does it stop being banana bread? Can I continue to call it banana bread if there's only one banana involved but higher amounts of other fruits? Help me, Dan Pashman, you're my only hope!

This tasted really good! It wasn't as moist as a typical banana bread, but it made up for that with all of its other delicious and unexpected flavors and textures. I'd definitely be willing to make it again, but I probably won't--there are just too many other combinations to try!

Fruit Bread
(printable recipe)
Makes 1 9x5-inch or 8½ by 4½-inch loaf
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil(or softened butter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 banana)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 (4-ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5-inch or 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with spray and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, shredded coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nuts in a medium bowl.
Place the sugar and coconut oil in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes.
Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in the banana, applesauce, pineapple with juice, and vanilla extract.
Use a spatula to stir in the flour mixture, being careful not to over-mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Cool the bread 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


Marcela N said...

The bread looks fabulous! I wish to have a slice!

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Aarika said...

This banana bread looks delicious! I love making banana bread with my mother, so we will have to try this recipe when I visit her in Wisconsin in a few weeks. Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Angie Schneider said...

Your not-very-banana banana bread looks great, Grace, I love esp. the add of pineapple here.

Carolyn Jung said...

Oooh, a tropical banana bread. I like it! Especially as the weather cools. That way, I can eat a slice and think I'm in Hawaii instead. ;)

Marjie said...

Tropical banana bread sounds good. But I always return to the very banana laden recipes.

Elsa | the whinery said...

I tend to love my banana bread packed with 'other stuff' as well, I'm really liking the everything you've got in there! It looks hearty and delicious!

Barbara said...

You're right...so many banana breads, so little time. :)
Saw one the other day that used sliced bananas and not mashed. Thought I'd try that next time. I do like baking with coconut oil AND coconut flour, which is a little trickier, but I like it.
Looks like a nice islandy banana bread, Grace.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Fruit bread sounds delicious too! And with a cream cheese frosting, I can be swayed into calling this cake. Bread/cake that I would love to eat for breakfast!

Pam said...

I don't know what you should call it but I call it good. I love using coconut oil in my quick breads and muffins. Adding coconut to any quick bread makes this girl happy. Great looking loaf Grace!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I know what you mean-there are so many banana breads to try! Have you ever tried a curried one? It is really delicious :D

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I don't know when you have to give up "banana" in the name, but this sounds really really good. I realized earlier today how long it had been since I have made banana bread. Maybe I got bored with it? Yours is so far from boring.... Need to decide if husband will accept this and then going to make it!

I Wilkerson said...

You wouldn't be a real food blogger if you didn't love to tweak Grace! Yes, so many sweet breads, so little time...