Toasted Coconut Mango-Banana Bread

by cakeduchess on July 30, 2011 · 24 comments

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Almost a year ago I posted my favorite banana bread recipe. Not much has changed. It is still my favorite banana bread recipe.

What has changed is that I don’t always make it with chocolate chips. That is the most popular request, but sometimes we do like a little variety.


The mango situation is dwindling quickly. My tree has only about a dozen left hanging on in these scorching hot summer days. I’ve been baking mostly Italian recipes for our family visiting. I decided I wanted to make the Italian cousins a banana bread. I knew it was something they have never eaten in Italy. They had this for breakfast this past week. They loved it and we loved it and we will be making this often. The toasted coconut is really good! You may be tempted to eat just the topping.

We have been beaching it and doing some more shopping. Today I took the kids to see The Smurf’s movie. Hank Azaria plays a wonderful Gargamel. 
Tomorrow we are visiting a hen farm! They have cows and goats and we are going to take lots of photos. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on their fresh eggs!

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My friend Maria made this toasted coconut bread with pineapples. I couldn’t stop dreaming about it!  I used my good ol’ stand-by banana bread recipe with Maria’s fabulous coconut idea. I think you should try this…like now!

Toasted Coconut Mango-Banana Bread
inspired by Two Peas and their Pod 

1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups of flour (I sometimes add 1/2 whole wheat and no one knows the difference)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4 very ripe)
1 mango, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 cup sugar (I usually add about 3/4 and it turns out fine)
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil (could be substituted for apple sauce)
1/2 cup buttermilk (or few tablespoons sour cream)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Spread 1 cup of the shredded sweetened coconut on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted. Stir the coconut around or else it will toast too much on one side. Takes about 5-8 minutes to toast. Watch closely as it will burn quickly towards the end. When lightly toasted, set the coconut aside.
Mash the bananas in a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix the egg with the sugar, oil, and buttermilk. Stir into the bananas. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sea salt (regular salt is fine too), baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Fold in the toasted coconut and the mango chunks. Add the mixture to your prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle on the remaining coconut on top. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes and lower temperature to 325 F and bake for about another 25-30 minutes. Let cool in pan for a bit and then pull the bread carefully out of loaf pan with the parchment paper. Slice and ENJOY! 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a super cool weekend!!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Cooke July 30, 2011 at 3:58 am

I like mangos. I love banana bread. I LOVE Toasted Coconut! I could eat it like candy :) Gotta make this soon!

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thepickyeater July 30, 2011 at 7:10 am

you had me at coconut mango banana :D looks delicious lora !

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Nisrine July 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love it. This is heaven for a coconut lover like me.

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Pretend Chef July 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Pinch me. I must be dreaming. That loaf looks so dreamy. Oh my! I really love mangoes, bananas, and coconut. They all make me giddy. I would love a slice of this right now. Need to give this a try. Yummy!

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claudia http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/2011/07/favorite-recipes-from-summers-past.html#en July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Wow does this ever look and sound fantastic!

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claudia http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/2011/07/favorite-recipes-from-summers-past.html#en July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Wow does this ever look and sound fantastic!

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claudia http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/2011/07/favorite-recipes-from-summers-past.html#en July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Wow does this ever look and sound fantastic!

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claudia http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/2011/07/favorite-recipes-from-summers-past.html#en July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Wow does this ever look and sound fantastic!

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Shabs July 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Coconut has been popping up now in almost all recipes i have looked at recently , interesting combo , i will def give this one a try .

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Susan Lindquist July 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Mmmmm! Great combo! Next time I make banana bread …!

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sweetpeaskitchen.com July 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

This looks great! I just posted a coconut banana bread yesterday, but I LOVE the addition of the mango! Looks delicious! :)

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Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane July 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

That’s a great thing you’re doing for the campaign, great work :) And the recipe looks delicious too!

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Monet August 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I love how this bread is just covered in coconut, and I can’t wait to hear about your hen adventures! I’m glad I’m reading your blog during my lunch break. I would have some serious hunger pains if I didn’t have plate of food in front of me! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. Thank you for sharing with me. Love and hugs from Austin!

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foodwanderings August 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

OMG how have I missed this Lora?! I love anything with coocnut and mango I adore probably my favorite fruit. Also I love these tyoe of coffee cakes/breads they go perfectly with my tea and for breakfast!! & foodbuzz couln’t pick a better ambassador for this great cause.

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Baking Serendipity August 2, 2011 at 3:41 am

Banana bread is possibly my favorite quick bread…and I think it’s because it’s so versatile. Every where I turn is a new and improved banana bread recipe. I love yours! I definitely need to give it a shot before the mangos are gone at my house too :)

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knitstamatic August 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Oh wow! Coconut and mango in a banana bread? What a great combination in a comfort food. (Yes, I do consider banana bread comfort food) Love it.

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Amy August 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I have an aging mango in my fridge right now. This is the perfect recipe for it! It sounds so tropical and delish!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

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Magic of Spice August 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Wow what a delightful flavor combination for a sweet bread…delicious!

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Happy When Not Hungry August 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm

This bread looks beautiful! I love all the wonderful flavors too. Nice job :-)

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Kathleen August 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

This looks like a tropical fiesta! YUM

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Sue August 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

The whole loaf photo looks like a giant coconut macaroon:) YUM! Wonderful bread, Lora! I need to try it!

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green food powder August 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

The mixing of various flavors make this an interesting bread to bake.

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

What an incredible bread recipe! YUM!

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Anonymous December 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

I made it for Christmas! Just wonderful. Thank you!!

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