Nuts for Coconut!
So the other day Josh and I got to talking about old banana bread recipes we used to eat as kids and they always had either chocolate chips, coconut or both in them. We then discussed how we love Almond Joy candies and coconut macaroons, leading to the critical realization that we both love coconut! It was kind of one of those things we knew we liked sometimes or with some things but didn’t really think too much about, turns out we pretty much like it in anything sweet! Due to my resistance towards anything non-chocolate, I didn’t even realize I liked macaroons until Christmas last year when I accidentally ate one out of the oven that had broken apart before realizing what I was doing…ended up being a very happy surprise! We kind of had a rough day at work yesterday so I decided to bake up a chocolate chip banana bread with our new favorite, coconut! I used the same basic banana bread recipe I have posted about before, and added in mini chocolate chips and a ton of coconut! (Banana Bread)
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 t baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oil (or applesauce for a healthier version, texture will be a little different…more gummier and dense)
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 2-3 mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- bag of mini chocolate chips (amount desired)
- bag of coconut (amount desired)
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. In small bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Combine oil (or applesauce) and sugar, mix until sugar dissolves. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in vanilla and mashed bananas. Add dry ingredients to wet, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with flour. Fold in chocolate chips and coconut. Bake for 45-50 minutes. (Use as little or as much as you’d like, I went with an entire bag of each and to be honest, that’s probably not necessary)!