Banana, Raspberry & Coconut Loaf


Banana loaf

Every time I seem to buy banana’s, I never opt for buying them individually but rather in bunches so I always end up having a couple that start to turn brown. This automatically sends me into an involuntary mode where I put them in the freezer “to use for banana bread” as my mother always used to do. Unfortunately, I don’t make banana bread that often so last week when I decided to take inventory of what was in our freezer I came to the realisation that I in fact had 8 frozen bananas chilling in there… Anyway, these bananas and my craving for raspberries gave me every reason to make this delish loaf! I added a few tweaks to the recipe which worked in it’s favour so it went down a treat ๐Ÿ™‚ This is definitely a comfort food recipe without the butter ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!


– 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
– 3/4 cups desiccated coconut
– 2/3 cups brown sugar
– 1tsp ground cinnamon
– 3 eggs
– 1tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cups rice-bran oil
– 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
– 1/2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
– a handful of chopped milk chocolate


1. Preheat the oven to 18C (160C Fan).
2. Grease your loaf tin.
3. Combine flour, coconut, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
4. Whisk eggs, vanilla and oil in a jug then add the bananas.
5. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

banana loaf

6. Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate.

banana loaf

banana loaf

7. Pour into your pan, smooth the surface and sprinkle with some coconut.

banana loaf

8. Bake for 1hr-1hr10min or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
9. Cool in the pan for 20 mins before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

banana loaf

10. Slice into pieces and serve with a hot cup of tea! Enjoy!

banana loaf

banana loaf


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