Coconut Flour Banana Bread (with caramelized bananas!)

This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Say HELLO to moist banana bread goodness.

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The word moist is so judged as being the worst word ever, but if I’m eating a piece of banana bread, it best be moist.  Otherwise I’ve got no stomach space for it.

To be honest…the recipe title is a bit deceiving.  There are more flours in this bread than just coconut flour.  When I was recipe testing I was planning to make this bread with all, all-purpose flour.  But then I was like, “what the hey, i’ll add in coconut flour instead of the last couple of cupfuls of all-purpose flour.”  You know, since variety is the spice of life.  I really think connection is the spice of life.  Connection with myself.  Connection with others.  Connection is a really good feeling.  But I guess if you were always feeling connected to people/yourself, you’d go insane.  So I guess the conclusion is that: variety is the spice of life.

(psst. i apologize for the below picture. someone come and help me clean my stove before i take pictures. i always forget! and it’s hard being me because i don’t see messes!)

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I’ve been thinking.  How much trouble would one get in if they snuck into a hotel pool? Like, would cops be called if I was discovered? Houston is hot.  I need a pool to swim in.  Buzzfeed, or some list I read somewhere, told me that I should sneak into a hotel pool this summer.

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So.  This bread.  I want to pour this batter into cake pans.  Bake it up.  Top the entire thing with frosting and eat it like it’s a cake.  That is how yummy I thought it was.  This bread has so much potential in life.  I believe it is going place.  Places like cake shops.  That is where it belongs.

The recipe is fun because you caramelize your bananas in a bit of coconut oil while listening to a NPR talk about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  Or, umm, that’s what I did.  But if you choose to watch Kardashians while you sauté your bananas, I fully support that behavior.

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Banana bread is one of my favorite foods.  When I have a craving for it, I always get excited about baking up a loaf and eating it.  I think it’s great for dessert or snack or breakfast (Hello, french toasted banana bread.  You are a rather tasty thing.)

I think caramelizing the bananas tasks this bread to the next level.  And I like next level things.  Like you can take mac ‘n cheese to the next level if you add smoked salmon to it.

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BUT THIS BREAD.  The next time you have a banana bread craving strike, pinky promise me that you will make this bread.

coconut flour banana bread (with caramelized bananas!) |

Coconut Flour Banana Bread (with caramelized bananas!)

Yield: 1 delicious loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


dry ingredients
1 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Bob's Red Mill Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

wet ingredients 
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 2/3 cup milk
3 medium bananas sautéed in 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (heaping 2/3 cup when mashed)
2 eggs, lightly whisked
2 tablespoon honey


Preheat oven to 350ºF.  

In a skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat and add in sliced bananas.  Sauté bananas until golden brown and crisp on the outside.  Scoop onto a plate and mash with a fork.  Set aside.

In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in mashed bananas, butter, eggs, and honey.  Add 1 cup milk.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  If dry, add more milk until batter reaches a consistency a bit thicker than pancake batter.  Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.  Allow to cool for 30 minutes before removing from loaf pan and slicing.

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  1. I love banana bread too and this looks really yum! We used to have this one at my old work that was suuuuuper moist, sweet and delicious and I used to eat some every time I worked. It would have been rude not to… And you should totes sneak into a hotel pool. How would they even know you weren’t staying there!? 

    • I know, right?! I just have this story playing out in my head where I’d sneak into the pool and someone would ask for my room number and I’d be like, “ummm.” And then someone would call the cops. I’m so much of a rule follower that it is annoying.

  2. I was just telling my soon-to-be MIL about how “moist” is somehow such a terrible word. But how else would you describe something like this bread? No matter how one chooses to, I have one word: epic. Caramelized banana? That most definitely takes it to the next level! Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t think your stove looks that bad. ;) It’s just used frequently and well-loved.

  3. CARAMELIZED bananas? Staaap this is fantastic! I’m a mega fan of banana bread (who isn’t?) and I’m itching to try this little how to you’ve got going on. So bril! P.S. Love your colorful plate!

  4. Bananas sautéed in coconut oil? What could go wrong?
    Also I’m so happy to hear you say you don’t see messes either… I’m real lucky I married a man who was a good cleaner. He deserves this banana bread.

  5. This is such a beautiful loaf and would make a dang good cake! Caramelized bananas in banana bread is seriously life changing. Not sure I’ll ever go back to plain ol banana in my bread!!

  6. Love me some banana bread! And caramelized bananas = yes please! Must try this…after I polish off the loaf of cheesecake stuffed banana bread that I recently made. Did I mention that I love banana bread?! ;) Oh and I may or may not have snuck into a hotel pool several times during college with my best friend. And I’m happy to report that no cops were called. No one even knew. No harm, no foul, right?!

  7. Always looking for ways to use coconut flour! Caramelizing the bananas is GENIUS, by the way! Well, I don’t have recommendations for Houston, but for Austin if you’re ever in town you need to go up on the rooftop pool of the Westin downtown. It’s totally free most days of the week (including the weekend!) to the public.

  8. “Moist” isn’t such a bad word when it’s describing a delicious loaf of banana bread lol.  Do you think whole wheat pastry flour would word instead of all purpose flour?  I have some whole wheat pastry flour that needs to be used up. 

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  10. So the caramelized banana thing… I sort of “borrowed” your genius idea for these “not smore’s muffins” that I made, and I wanted to let you know that I credited you in my post. ( Oh, and my husband and I lived by a Holiday Inn in Dallas when we were dating. We would sneak into their pool all of the time! It made us feel so sneaky and adventurous. We would pretend we were secret agents and make up stories about the people we saw milling about the lobby. I’m usually such a goody-goody and hate to break the rules, but it was so fun- you have to do it just once! Just for the thrill of it all. 

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