|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 34g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Coconut oil is a very handy ingredient to use in recipes if you have someone who is lactose intolerant or dairy free in your house. A natural, plant-based source of saturated fat, coconut oil adds flavor, while creating a richer but lighter baked good. The oil is actually solid at room temperature; when used in place of butter, it should be kept solid, and when swapping in for an oil, the coconut oil needs to be melted.
This quick bread is a great use of overripe bananas and can include chocolate chips for a sweeter treat if you like. Quick and easy to put together, it's a perfect recipe for getting the kids involved, from mashing the bananas to measuring the ingredients to mixing up the batter. Serve along with breakfast, as a snack, or even dessert.
- 4 ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or spray with cooking spray.
Place the bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the coconut oil and sugar to the bananas, and beat with a fork or an electric mixer until smooth.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, using a rubber spatula or fork (or on low speed with the mixer) just until well incorporated. Do not overmix, which will yield a tough banana bread.
Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
Scrape the coconut banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake for about 55 minutes until a skewer or a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out the bread and finish cooling upright on the wire rack.
Slice and enjoy.
- When substituting coconut oil for butter in any recipe, use a 1 to 1 ratio of coconut oil for butter.
- You can use this batter to make 14 to 18 regular muffins. Reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes and cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
Is Banana Bread Healthy?
Because this quick bread features a nutritious fruit as its star ingredient, it can give the impression of being a healthy snack. But it is the sugar and certain fats that make banana bread high in calories and fat. Coconut oil is a healthier type of fat compared to butter, so you can feel better about enjoying this recipe but should still eat it in moderation.