Toasted Coconut Banana Bread with Vanilla Toasted Coconut Glaze

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If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you know I love toasted coconut. You probably know that I love pretty much anything that has sugar in it.

I also love banana bread.


Banana bread baking in the oven is pretty much the best smell in the world to me. Add some toasted coconut in there? Out of this world.

I’m not into fake banana flavour. I can’t do banana medicine. Banana candies. Banana pudding mix. Even fresh bananas aren’t my favourite — I eat them — and other healthy things — to offset some of the naughty things I eat when my kid is sleeping.

But cooked, caramelized banana flavour? Delish. I can do that any day.


If you’re not into coconut, it would be super easy to leave the coconut and extract out of this bread and just have plain banana bread. It would still be incredibly tasty.



Toasted Coconut Banana Bread with Vanilla Toasted Coconut Glaze
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Moist banana bread with tons of toasted coconut flavour! Made healthier by adding yogurt and whole wheat flour.
Serves: 16 slices
  • 3 large bananas, very ripe (I like to keep mine in the freezer and save myself some mashing)
  • ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat (or all-purpose) flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
For the glaze:
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x5" loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add yogurt, extracts and eggs and whisk until combined. Add sugar and whisk until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and coconut and whisk until combined, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with tin foil that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake another 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the glaze:
  1. In a food processor or Magic Bullet, grind coconut until a fine powder. To the food processor, add milk and puree until smooth. Add icing sugar and puree again until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add 1 tsp milk. If too thin, add a couple tablespoons icing sugar.
  2. Pour over slightly cooled bread and allow to set.


Adapted from Cooking Light.

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  1. Toni says

    This beautiful picture really caught my eye! I have been making the same banana bread recipe for at least 40 years because it was my mother’s who just recently passed away at 91. The coconut in it and on top looks amazing! My mother always put pretty glazes on top but this one really “takes the cake”!!
    Thank you for your great creativity Ashley!

  2. says

    This is in the oven as I type and I’m so anxious for the final result! I went online looking for a banana nut bread, then I realized I didn’t have any nuts. I found this recipe and it sounds amazing! I allowed my almost grown son who was in the kitchen add an ingredient, he said cinnamon; I was hesitant but thought “hey what can it hurt!” I try to encourage my guys to do “anything” with me in the kitchen; I’m hoping to raise future cooks/chefs, so he threw in a dash… It smells heavenly! :)

    • Ashley says

      Haha, what an honour! Thanks Annie! It’s just so hard to tell how something is going to turn out once you start.

  3. Candee says

    I baked this today and it is absolutely delicious. I substituted 1/2 brown sugar for 1/2 of the white sugar but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. Turned out so pretty and very tasty!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

  4. says

    I love banana bread but not so much the actual banana, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to bake banana bread. This looks delicious, what brand of coconut extract do you use? I’m on the hunt or some for a cake I’m making soon. Visiting from Marvelous Monday link Party. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to link up with us. Have a great week!

  5. GG says

    I always buy too many bananas so I am glad to have this recipe. The loaf in your photo looks absolutely delicious and it will be nice to add a twist to my usual banana bread. Thank for your sharing!

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