So, I know you’re going to think this is crazy, but “samoa” is kind of a new concept to me.
And by “new” I mean, in the last 2 or 3 years. Pinterest has changed my life in so many ways.
And so I’ve become a little obsessed.
There’s just nothing I don’t love about toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel.
And I basically come up with new recipes but taking concepts I really like and doing my best to apply them to everything. I guess in that way, I get myself into a bit of a food rut.
But no one around here seems to mind.
I started out with one of my favourite banana bread recipes. I reduced the sugar a bit (because I was going to be adding plenty of it back in with the chocolate and butterscotch chips!), I swapped out some of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat, and I swapped out the liquids for coconut milk. I also added more samoa flavour with butterscotch pudding mix and coconut extract.
I added copious amounts of chocolate chips and coconut to the top of the bread, and the coconut gets nice and toasty all by itself in the oven (no need for the extra step of toasting it!). And if you want to get a little ridiculous, feel free to give it a good coating of chocolate and caramel syrup right before you serve it.
Usually, I like to think of banana bread as a healthy snack. And I’m going to go ahead and do that again (I used 50% whole wheat flour, so that counts, right?), but you could easily serve this warm with a scoop of ice cream, and no one would be complaining.
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Samoa Banana Bread
- 3 bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 nstant butterscotch pudding
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
- additional chocolate chips
- 1-2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
- caramel sauce
- chocolate sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8×5″ loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas with a whisk. Whisk in brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and coconut extract.
- Stir in coconut milk with whisk.
- Add pudding mix, both flours and baking soda to the bowl and stir until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate and butterscotch chips. Be careful not to overmix.
- Spread into prepared pan and bake for 50-65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean or with moist crumbs. *If your bread is browning too quickly, cover loosely with a piece of greased tin foil for the second half of baking time.
- Let cool at least 10 minutes before removing from loaf pan. If desired, drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauce of choice.
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Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
Um… seriously this is pure genius. I wish I was right there with your daughter digging into this bread right now. Best bread recipe EVER!
Thanks Krista! I’m kind of obsessed with any kind of banana bread, so I naturally try to combine everything else I love with it. lol. She doesn’t mind her job too much!
Thank you for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesday, your recipe has been pinned to the Pinterest Board 🙂
Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating says
Hey there! Visiting from the Saturday Night Link-up. I must say, you sold me on this bread recipe with the addition of the butterscotch chips. They’re my favorite!
Thanks Kaylin! I love ANY kind of chips — sweet or salty!
Oh yeah! Samoa cookies are our favorites! So this should be our new favorite sweet bread. Getting the ingredients and making this while I’ve got a bunch of bananas! Pinned!
Love it AnnMarie! Let me know how you like it!
Can you use all regular white flour instead of half wheat & white?
Definitely! I do it only for added nutritional value 🙂
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
I could eat the whole loaf. I love samoa cookies. Luckily for me, only a couple of my kids like them, so they don’t disappear as quickly as the thin mints (although they still disappear quickly). This is going to be a hit too! Pinning! Visiting from Freedom Fridays! If you have a moment, I’d love it if you’d share it with us at Foodie Fridays too!
Thanks Michelle! I’ll have to try to stop by later!
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
Oh I was just thinking about how I wanted to keep more fresh banana bread in the kitchen (for quick breakfasts and the like) and HOW COULD I NOT TRY THIS ONE?! Looks delicious, Ashley! 😀
Holy YUM! As if samoas in the form of banana bread wasn’t insane enough, now you’re telling me I can eat it for breakfast?! I’m on board 100%. 🙂
Oh definitely Sarah! Breakfast at it’s best 🙂
Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy says
I’m a sucker for toasted coconut too Ashley! I just love banana bread, this looks like a great way to start the day 🙂
Thanks Emily! I’m obsessed!
I’m loving this Somoa banana bread! Can’t go wrong with bananas and chocolate…and the butterscotch chips and coconut just sound amazing. Sign me up!
Thanks Sarah! That’s what I figured 🙂
Anna @ Sunny Side Ups says
Holy yum…this bread looks absolutely delicious! 🙂 Definitely can’t wait to try this one out!!
Beth @ bethcakes says
I can’t accurately tell you how much I love this. Such a wonderful idea to combine samosa and banana bread! Dying for a slice! 🙂
Thanks so much, Beth! We really liked it!
Ohh boy now I am totally craving some Samoa cookies. This bread sounds amaaaaaazing!
Amy W. says
Totally divine! Love your little helper, too!
Amy W. says
Totally divine! And I love your little helper, too!
Thanks Amy! I’m pretty sure she likes her job 🙂
Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace says
This looks absolutely fantastic! I’m with you, Samoa is a newer flavor combination to me to (thanks, Pinterest!) But I’m in love!
Her face just says it all!! Pass me a few slices please!!! And you are not alone…the things I learn from Pinterest!
There are definitely a few perks to mommy blogging! Lol. It’s almost embarrassing how many ideas I’ve gotten from Pinterest!
Julia @ Swirls and Spice says
I might try my hand at a gluten free variation of this today! Super inspiring!
Thanks Julia! Let me know how it works out!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
I just ate a huge slice of cake I made… and I’m still somehow salivating looking at these pictures! Banana and chocolate is a great combo… and the addition of coconut makes it tropical 🙂
Thanks Medha! Is it weird that I’ve never actually had a real Samoa cookie? lol
You do come up with some amazing ideas!! Love this decadent take on banana bread – but really, copious amounts of chocolate are good for us right? 😉
Thanks Shashi! I totally agree, especially during back to school time 🙂