Coconut Lime Banana Bread and Working on Sharing

A few days ago I made my favorite recipe ever. I got the idea from my sister-in-law after I found out that I had lost her old banana bread recipe. I went to ask her for it again and she told me she no longer had it because she had been making a new recipe that her family loved. So I found on the web and changed it up a bit.  It’s an adaptation from this recipe. I have changed it to reduce the amount the sugar and to substitute part of it as well.

I like substituting ingredients because I find myself not feeling as guilty when eating them. I also like to work on getting my taste buds used to lower amount of flavoring so that I don’t get strong cravings. I talked about this on my over article on Taste Buds. LINK

This morning I was eating it with my son while doing story time right before bed. I kept telling him no as far as the bread at first because I don’t want him to have as much sugar. He begged me and begged me for cake though. I found him laying down on the stairs waiting for me to come back down with begging face so I gave in. Luckily I knew I had made it and I knew what was in it so I didn’t feel as bad. Most days he is a pretty picky eater so I don’t mind at this time fattening him up a bit. 🙂

So I sliced him some, had some myself and then we went for seconds. Sure enough the second time around he game me the slice and took the rest of the loaf for himself. I guess in his eyes I am the selfish one that needs to work on sharing perhaps!!! I always keep the load and only share a slice!!!! Just Kidding. I don’t think he thought about it that way. It was cute that he wanted the loaf and that he still thought of giving me a slice instead.

He sure laughed at it and we enjoyed story time. Funny thing is he took two bites and didn’t finish the rest. He also saw I was stressed because I was nursing Zara while reading and eating and went to grab the vacuum to clean up the floor when we were done. 2 Year Olds make the perfect little friends to have around sometimes!

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If you can play this song while making it and dance to it with your loved ones it’s a bonus!

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
adapted by TheEssumanFamily from OurBestBites

1 1/2 C flour

1/2 C of whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C sugar

1/4 C of raw honey
1/4 C (4 Tbs) real butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)
1/4 C  plain yogurt
3 Tbs rice milk or regular milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C coconut
optional (if you have it, add it!): 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Topping: 2 Tbs additional coconut
Glaze: 1/4 C powdered sugar whisked with 1 Tbs fresh lime juice and optionally the zest from the lime as well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until blended.  Add eggs and beat to combine.  Add banana, sour cream or yogurt, apple juice (or milk), and vanilla.  Beat until blended.
Add flour mixture and beat at a low speed until just combined.  Stir in 1/2 C coconut.

Pour batter into a 9×5″ loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Sprinkle additional 2 Tbs coconut on top.

Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until a knife or skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Note: Check bread after about 40 minutes.  If the top has browned and the coconut pieces are looking toasty, cover top of bread lightly with a piece of foil.  Continue baking until done.

When done, remove pan from oven.  Let cool on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan.  Whisk powdered sugar and lime juice together for the glaze and then drizzle over top.    Cool for another 15 minutes before slicing.

Love, M. Serena Essuman

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