Moist Banana Bread With Coconut Oil

Moist Banana Bread With Coconut Oil, loaf of banana bread on a white marble table

The Spruce / Emily Baker

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
265 Calories
13g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 265
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 4g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making moist banana bread with coconut oil

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or spray with cooking spray.

    Greased metal loaf pan on a marble counter

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  3. 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.

    Bananas mashed with a fork in a clear mixing bowl

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  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

    Banana and egg mixture in a clear bowl

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  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

    Glour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a glass bowl

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  6. 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.

    Flour mixture and banana mixture together in a glass bowl

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  7. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.

    Banana bread mixture with chocolate chips in a glass bowl

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  8. Scrape the coconut banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan.

    Banana bread mixture in a bread pan

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  9. 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.

    Moist banana bread with coconut oil on a wire cooling rack

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  10. Slice and enjoy.

Tips

  • 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.