Banana Coconut Loaf (Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)

Banana Coconut Loaf
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Taking a chance, I decided to attempt veganizing my favorite banana bread recipe. While it was already dairy-free, eggs and honey were still key components. Amazingly, I succeeded! Yet, my hearty Banana Whole Wheat Bread did transform into a slightly more indulgent Banana Coconut Loaf.
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat, white whole wheat – for a lighter bread) or all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup oil (I used coconut)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup (may use honey for non-vegan or agave nectar)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas (about 1½ cups mashed)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease a loaf pan (I used a 9x5, though a smaller one will likely create a taller bread)
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and coconut (see notes below) in a large bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mash up those bananas, and add them to the small bowl of liquids. Going back to the large flour bowl, make a well in the dry mixture and pour your liquid mixture in. Gently fold the batter until everything is well combined, but be careful not to overmix. A few lumps are okay.
  3. Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf pan. It is a bit thick, so you may have to coax it into place a bit. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
For the quick bread pictured, I used white whole wheat flour (King Arthur brand) since I was out of whole wheat bread flour. I also whizzed ¾ of the coconut (6 Tablespoons) in my spice grinder for a few quick whirls. I wanted to have a denser loaf with more of an infused coconut taste, which it seemed to do. The remaining 2 Tablespoons I threw in as is, in shredded fashion.

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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