Banana Coconut Bread

I got this recipe from a great friend, her blog is A Spicy Perspective, and while this recipe is anything but spicy, it is awesomely sweet! When I first saw it I was so excited to try it. Everyone loved it and it is a family favorite in our house to this day. Just like her family, seeing over ripe bananas is a calling that they all hope this bread will come fro it. I hope you make it and try and also visit my friends blog to see her other goodies she has to offer!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 stick of softened butter
1/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs
2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas, smashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup shredded coconut
¾ cup chopped nuts; almonds, pecan, walnuts etc. (I didn’t use nuts and it was still outstanding)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour a 9X5 loaf pan. (1.5 quart capacity)
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Then add the applesauce, eggs and bananas. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dried ingredients. Slowly beat the dry mixture into the wet.
  4. Add the coconut and chopped nuts. Mix well.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325 degrees F and bake another 40+ minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minute in the pan, then flip it out onto a cooling rack.
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