A Vacation In a Loaf Pan

It’s cold and snowing here today. Really more snaining, which is worse than if it was just snowing. The kids have found all the toys that make the most noise and seem to be playing with them simultaneously. I need a vacation to some place warm and by an ocean as of yesterday but it’s not going to happen. This bread is about as good as I can do today. I may or may not be inhaling the bottle of coconut extract and sucking on limes as I type this.


Disclaimer: This bread is NOT healthy. It has sugar and butter. Lots of it. And eggs. It is not gluten free, it doesn’t even have whole wheat flour. I suppose you could use half whole wheat flour and throw in some flaxseed or something, but for your mental health, please don’t. Enjoy with a drink that is heavy on the rum and pineapple while listening to Jimmy Buffett. Or this right here.

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Coconut Banana Bread

2 1/2 c flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 c white sugar

1/3 c brown sugar

1 stick of butter, softened or melted

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

3 ripe bananas, mashed. About 1 c.

1 c coconut milk

1/2 c (4oz) cream of coconut

1 c sweetened flake coconut


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray your loaf pan with cooking spray.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together butter and sugars with a wooden spoon. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla and coconut extracts and cream of coconut. Mix in mashed banana and coconut milk.

Alternate mixing wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in flaked coconut and pour into pan. Bake until done in the center. Let cool slightly and glaze.


Lime Glaze

1/2 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice

zest of lime





3 thoughts on “A Vacation In a Loaf Pan

  1. Andria, hey! I’ve been thinking about you and writing… Just wanted to let you know, cold days are really hard for when you are already feeling down, things will get better, I promise… I was in deepest of holes back when my son was born and a few months later, was convinced I’d never get out, that I would never laugh again, and things got better… Looking back my reaction is always to cry when I think of me back then, I feel so sad for how hopeless I felt and how I couldn’t see any good, I wish I could send a note, or a thought, from the future and say that better days are coming. I mourned for my life before, I felt scared, lost, I missed the simpler days, I felt like I lost a big part of me… I thought about my mortality and how it’s all going to end one day and that weighed on me like a mountain… My focus was on darkness, no light was getting in. Please, please, please, even if you don’t feel it, just know that things will get to good again, that you will be happy again. Trust me. They will. Get through each day as best as you can, do things that make you feel better, just get there…
    Thinking of you and I still love your blog, it’s remained real, and I really appreciate that. Still makes me want to move to Wisconsin. 🙂
    Take care, Andria!

  2. I would love a huge slice of this. Looks so good. Which is why I won’t make it. I’m the only one who’d eat it and a whole loaf would be my un-doing, once tiny sliver at a time. I have no self control.

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