Healthy Banana Coconut Bread

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A few days back, I saw this little slide shared on FB. PinSomehow, this Ramadan, I have been specifically asking to Allah for a lot of Sabr – patience to wait, patience to do good, patience to control myself, patience to deal with my children (which I am still trying to learn despite being a parent for more than 8 years), patience to take as things come by, patience to be calm, patience to know where to react and where not to… In fact, it seems to be the only characteristic required for a calm and successful life, yet the most difficult to attain. I was browsing through a few articles and found this one which so nicely explained “Sabr” in a nutshell. I also found another article that caught me at the mention of Asiya (RA), the wife of Pharoah who was shown her house in Jannah while she was being tortured, SubhanAllah, and she smiled her way through her death. Whatever followed in that article was worth thinking about. Allah will keep testing us till we are fully clear to reach His Jannah. If we keep that in mind and take into our stride the good and bad in life, we will indeed be the winners in the eyes of our Lord. May He bless us in our striving towards His Jannah with a lot of sabr and thaqwah (piety)… Aameen…

 

Baking takes a complete backseat during Ramadan, even though I would love to bake once in a while. At times, the preparations, even though minuscule may feel so intimidating thanks to the really hot afternoons and nights, that standing in the kitchen becomes a nightmare. So I am always out of the kitchen as fast as I can and I don’t seem to get the mood for baking as such. For those who do bake during this month, this is one bake that is so healthy for a couple of pieces for Suhoor along with a cup of milk! That makes me tempted to bake a loaf of the Moist Banana Cake like I have been doing at least once during the last two Ramadans… Moving on to the recipe, which is adapted from here

 

 

If you do love the combination of bananas and coconut, then you could also check out the Banana Coconut Crumb Cake and the Toasted Coconut Walnut Banana Bread as well!

 

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Healthy Banana Coconut Bread

Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milled flax
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large bananas mashed (approx 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients - flour to salt - and whisk well.
  • In another bowl, mix the banana, brown sugar, coconut milk, egg and oil till well combined.
  • Add this to the dry ingredients and mix just till done. The batter will be lumpy.
  • Pour into the pan and flatten the top. Sprinkle the chopped pecans and coconut over it.
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes till done. After 30 minutes, ensure to cover the top with aluminium foil to avoid the coconut from burning.
  • Cool in pan. Slice and serve when completely cool.

Notes

For the coconut milk, I used 1/3 water + 1 tsp coconut milk powder
You can replace pecans with macademia nuts, almonds or walnuts

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  1. Such a healthy bread, looks delicious as well.. The texture of the bread looks really good..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  2. Ah you caught me at the right time, as I was craving for some banana bread. And yes ramadhan means hardlymuch baking here too. This may have to wait till the end of ramadhan. Hope your journey home went smooth Alhamdulillah and enjoy your stay 🙂

    1. Hehe… I am still here only dear, travelling next month InShaAllah… 🙂 Thank you so much Jehanne…

  3. thats true dear.fasting do that one.lovely bread

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  4. healthy and delicious! Coconut and banana combo is great!

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  5. wish you a happy and healthy Ramadan… a nice loaf with a flavour of coconut

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  6. u know what i loveeeeeee coconut, hubby hates it..ur cake makes so happy just seeing it 🙂

    1. Awww… thank you so much Shweta… 🙂

  7. I love how this is whole wheat! I recently bought a LOT of coconut, and am looking to use it. This looks perfect!

    1. Thank you so much Cathleen…

  8. I love whole wheat breads…..I love that u r using coconut in this recipe…..

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  9. I have been wanting to bake a cake with wholewheat and now I'm tempted to try it soon..the cake looks super yumm

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  10. aah that looks so yum !! lovely texture too..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  11. Easy and delicious wholewheat bread…….. addition of coconut milk makes it more healthy and really delicious….. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  12. Looks absolutely yum! And that is such a pretty plate!

    1. Thank you so much Kanak…

  13. can smell the coconut flavors..yummy bread !

    1. Thanks a lot Julie….

  14. salaam raffy i really love healthy collection of recipes on your blog 🙂 bread is just awesome

    1. Thank you so much Monu… 🙂

  15. Rafee, looks delicious. I love the flavor of banana's in bake and coconut must be adding a great aroma to this!! Looks yumm and perfect snack!!

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  16. Loved the combination of banana and coconut

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sherien…

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