Who loves banana bread? I do. I know you do too! An obscenely thick slice of banana bread, toasted to perfection and slathered with butter is what the local cafe will have you believe is the breakfast of champions. They might be on to something. And today's banana bread recipe is dairy-free and baked with coconut milk, oats and lots of spices.
Banana bread is really a cake masquerading as bread in the shape of a loaf. It has no yeast. The internet informs that it might have originated in America in the 1800s when curious housewives discovered the power of a non-yeast leavening agent and a bowl of rapidly degrading overripe bananas. One of the factors contributing to the taste of this beautiful much-loved breakfast bread is butter. But there is only so much buttery banana bread one can have, especially if one is habituated to also slathering it with butter. Too much butter overload!
My posts through the years have featured various banana breads. I love experimenting with them. They are like the chocolate cake of breakfast food. Every once in a while, one such experiment strikes gold and that is when I share it with you. This banana bread recipe has no butter and no oil. The moist factor comes from coconut milk. It rises beautifully, has a great crust and tastes absolutely like the banana bread you are used to. I was amazed at how soft and fluffy the bread was. The only butter in this bread is the dollop you will smear on it before you eat it. Some things, you just cannot change.
Have you tried baking banana bread with unusual ingredients? What is your favourite banana bread recipe? I would love it if you shared! Cheers!
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BANANA AND COCONUT MILK BREAD
- 185 ml full cream coconut milk
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- raw sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease with cooking spray and line with baking paper, a 20cm x 10cm loaf pan.
- Whisk coconut milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, salt and honey in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and combined. Stir through the banana, oat and flour until thoroughly mixed.
- Spoon batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with raw sugar. Bake in pre-heated oven for 1 hour until well risen, golden on top and cooked through.
- Serve warm or cold. Best toasted with butter. Freezes well.
It looks lovely - so far, I have only read and printed out the recipe, but, I will be baking it later today. Can't wait. Thank you.
I tried this today and it didn’t work. It was very tasty, but thick and stodgy inside, not fluffy like the photo or like banana bread usually is. I followed the recipe. Any ideas what could have gone wrong?
Had half a can of coconut milk and 3 super ripe bananas so searched for a recipe using both and yours came up!
Totally perfect for what I needed to use up.
It smells amazing cooking - can't wait to try it
Thank you x
Thank you , this recipe turned out perfect . Was very tasty and moist.
Hi...just to be totally sure, is it cream coconut milk, cream of coconut or just coconut milk because I know there is a difference with all three. Your recipe says cream coconut milk but I'm reading people saying they use coconut milk.
His sounds divine and I'm hoping my bananas ripen soon to make this. Can I substitute whole wheat flour for self raising?
Nisha, yes you can. Just add a teaspoon of baking powder to the mix. x
When I mixed the coconut milk, sugar etc it didn't go creamy- it was whisking for ages and nothing happened - it was just liquid? It's in the oven now so not sure if that will have ruined it! Will wait and see!
Would you mind emailing me your response to my muffins questions as well? In case I can't get back to this site? It would be very much appreciated!
Hi! This recipe looks amazing. Might be exactly what I was looking for. I am wondering tho... would I be able to make it into muffins? Are there any changes you would recommend for muffins?
I have made countless banana bread recipes over the years in my search for 'the one' and I think this is it! So far I've made it at least half a dozen times. I have even added it to my recipe book!
I bake mine with spelt flour and I only use 1/3c rapadura sugar, I find it to be quite sweet enough. Today I am going to try making it completely vegan by using a chia egg (as I have no eggs - thanks to my lazy chickens!)
Thank you for sharing!
I made this today. It was perfect- the best bread I've had in a loooong time. I added pecan pieces to mine and it was very good. Nice soft bread and perfect crust.
I also calculated the calories and it comes out to about 215 per slice for 12 slices (without the pecans). Starbuck's Banana Walnut Bread is 490 calories a slice.
Wow, I have been looking for a vegan banana bread and I think this is just the one I need.. excellent recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂
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this recipe is in my oven as i type this. it smells delish. i can't wait to pull it out and slather it in cinnamon butter!!! i left this recipe as written today, but i have added fresh peaches to my banana bread before. i think the combo of peaches, bananas, and coconut milk may come shortly though 🙂
This looks exactly like my kind of banana bread, I love the addition of coconut milk. Can't wait to try it! Also: congrats with the 2 years:)
My favorite recipe is my mom's version of banana nut bread. I can say hers is a little old fashioned. Lots of bananas that will make the bread really moist. This is a good recipe during summer too because bananas tend to overripe very easily. She squeezes lemon juice in it too, and then add walnuts.
I would love to try your recipe too. Looks really delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!
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I love simple and comforting homemade banana bread. A nice twist by adding coconut milk 🙂
Mmmm I love banana bread too. I don't know many people that don't. I love your version Sneh, especially the lack of butter. Then I won't feel so guilty slathering it with butter on top 😀
Oh I love banana bread!! But with coconut milk... Delicious..
I can see this bread is so moist, just the way it should be..
Gorgeous and delicious 😀
Hi, there! It looks delicious! At this moment my own bread is in the oven! I can't wait to see (eat) it baked!
Tho' no baker, banana and nut loaves are two I do love and prepare. Find this a very different recipe to the ones I have been using: love variations on a theme and shall try this obviously very moist bread soonest. Thanks 🙂 !
I bake every Saturday and Sunday for my blog and I have just printed this out to make. I might add some dried cranberries and white chocolate though. Just saying...
Hot damn, this sounds amazing. I have some very sad looking bananas languishing away in the fruit bowl at the moment, this is what I shall do with them.
This looks incredible. Salivating at my desk - getting odd looks from co-workers. Will definitely try it out!
I have never heard of banana coconut bread, I must try this! Looks delicious
Hi, I love banana bread and this sounds delicious. Could you tell me when the oats are added?
I have never really regarded bananan bread as bread. I totally love the combination of coconut milk and banana, wonderful.
Totally sublime and divine ... thank you for sharing and will try in the morning!
I love experimenting with banana bread too, my parents love it but are conscience with the fat and sugar content; this looks like the perfect substitute. Thanks for sharing it. I can't wait to try it out
I was looking for something similar for so long! I tried once to make it myself but it was too moist and damp. Trying your recipe next time for sure!
I'm no big banana fan but I love baking with bananas. This looks awesome, I can almost taste it!
So moist and soft! A wonderful bread.
I'll have to remember this when I have ripe naa naas or coconut milk. Looks divine!
I love for baking with bananas and I think my blog has several recipes using bananas already. This loaf looks so good that I might soon need to bake a loaf for myself!
It's true--everyone does love banana bread! I had a friend in grad school who used to make banana bread with massive chunks of milk chocolate in it--amazing. The addition of coconut milk sounds great--like a whole tropical vacation in a loaf of bread. 🙂
Ah yes, sometimes cake masquerading as bread is just what one needs. I'd love a thick slice slathered in butter (of course!) and a pinch of flake salt. I like the new header too!
This looks and sound amazing! (: Thanks for sharing the recipe! I've made a maple and sour cream banana cake recently and it was one of the most yummy recipe I used! Will try this recipe soon! would be great for tea! hehe