Banana bread isn’t always the most interesting baked good. People tend to make it only when they have rotting bananas they don’t want to waste, which isn’t exactly an auspicious beginning. But adding something else to banana bread makes it a little more exciting. Kind of like when a romantic comedy heroine looks frumpy, but then she removes her glasses and lets her hair down and all of a sudden dudes can’t resist her.
So I’ve been thinking a little too much about banana bread. You got me. But, as usual, Joy the Baker managed to make a pretty perfect recipe that’s unusual without being complicated. Adding pineapple and coconut to banana bread gives it a little something extra. Maybe it’s even sexy? Okay, so that might be taking the romantic comedy analogy a little too far. Banana bread is never capable of being sexy. But it is delicious, and vegan, which is great if you realize all the eggs in your fridge expired weeks ago. Not that I would know from experience.
Coconut Pineapple Vegan Banana Bread
adapted from Joy the Baker
makes one 9×5-inch loaf
2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas
1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well. Add the sugar, pineapple, and oil and whisk briskly to incorporate.
Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. Fold in the coconut.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle with extra sugar if you’d like. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes (I did 45 minutes but it was still a little too soft in the middle). The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the center should come out clean.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes before transferring out of a pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely. Ta-da! Delicious!