Banana Coconut Bread with Stevia

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Banana bread is a breakfast staple in our home. I have read so many interesting variations on banana bread around the blogosphere. I first saw the idea for using coconut milk on Kathy’s site, Are You Hungry. I admit, I am not good at reading recipes and taking them down, but I do remember the concept of them. I end up in the kitchen adding a little of this and that until I get the recipe the way I envision it tasting and smelling in my head. That’s how I got to this recipe, I wanted to add the tropical flavors to banana bread while changing its background flavors to a lighter spring and summertime flavor. To do this, I omitted the traditional cinnamon and nutmeg and opted to use vanilla extract. I think adding miniature chocolate chips to this bread would have made it extra special too, maybe for a special occasion breakfast.

I also used a new ingredient for me in this bread, stevia. You can certainly omit it and just use regular sugar though. I have recently been introduced to the sugar substitute, and have been using it in just about everything. I have really been impressed with the taste, it is unlike any other substitutes I have ever tried. The nice people at NuNaturals were kind enough to let me sample some of their stevia products. You can stop to my review page and see all the products I have tried.

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Banana Coconut Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 large mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (or milk)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup baking stevia (or sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray, or grease lightly.
  2. Mash up bananas in a large bowl. Add coconut milk and eggs. Whisk well to combine. Add vanilla extract and combine.
  3. Sift stevia powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add to mixing bowl. Whisk together until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until bread is brown and passes the toothpick test.

(With this recipe, the batter will be lumpy when mixing and the bread will not be as deep brown as a traditional banana bread.)
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16 Responses to “Banana Coconut Bread with Stevia”

  1. 1
    Emily @Cleanliness — May 13, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m on quite a coconut kick right now! This is perfect to add fuel to the fire!

    Thanks :-)
    .-= Emily @Cleanliness´s last blog ..Cheeseburger Ebelskivers and Tomato Sauce =-.

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    Monet — May 13, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    So I’ve been interested in trying Stevia…and now that I hear how much you love it…I’m going to go and buy myself a box. I love the addition of coconut to banana bread. I’m sure this loaf tastes scrumptious, and I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing, love!
    .-= Monet´s last blog ..Poptarts =-.

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    Cara — May 13, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    I am glad to know that you are liking the stevia in your baking. I bought some to try and just haven’t had a chance yet!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Pea & Edamame Ravioli with Baked Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts =-.

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    grace — May 13, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

    you omitted the cinnamon? gasp! my heart just broke a little. :) no, this is a really incredible-looking loaf, angie. the coconut has redeemed you in my eyes. :)
    .-= grace´s last blog ..rally caps! =-.

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    redkathy — May 13, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    Thank you for the mention Angie, that was too kind of you. Your bread looks and sounds great. You know what a big banana bread fans we are. Coconut milk gives a nice flavor and lowers the fat too. I’ll be trying this one soon. I read the stevia review, sounds like an interesting product line. BTW- did you get your cookbook signed?
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Cheesy Spinach Casserole =-.

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    Sophie — May 14, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    What a georgous & tasty looking banana & coconut bread!

    Yummmmmmmmmm,…

    Many greetings from rainy Brussels, Belgium!
    .-= Sophie´s last blog ..Sophie’s eggless pork & veal sage bugers served with a balsamic red onions & capers relish =-.

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    Bibi — May 14, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Adding coconut to banana bread…..what a great idea. I’ve been baking with Splenda since my son became diabetic and I always wanted to try it with Stevia, but wasn’t really sure about it.

    I will be trying this recipe for sure.
    .-= Bibi´s last blog ..Cold Cucumber Soup Tarator =-.

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    Joanne — May 14, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    The combination of banana and coconut sounds amazing! I love that you used Stevia in here…good call. I put it in my coffee every morning instead of sugar.

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    Joanne — May 17, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    I love this bread! But can I ask, did u use sweetened coconut flakes or unsweetened? Would love to hear from you!

    Joanne:)
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Key Lime Pie =-.

    • Angie replied: — May 17th, 2010 @ 8:43 am

      It was sweetened coconut flakes, thanks!

  12. 11
    Sarah — May 18, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    interesting use of stevia. I can’t obtain stevia here but bought a box for my diabetic neighbor while in the states.
    Your banana bread looks wonderful!

  13. 12
    Banana Nut Bread — January 6, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Banana Nut Bread

    interesting use of stevia. I can’t obtain stevia here but bought a box for my diabetic neighbor while in the states.

  14. 13
    Sondra — September 22, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    What exactly is baking stevia? I’ve been using stevia for awhile now and I know the conversion is nowhere near 1 to 1 with sugar… but I have also never come across anything called “baking stevia.” Is it a blend?

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