caribbean banana lime bread

December 16, 2009

Author Notes: This is not your typically ultra-sweet banana-flavored quick bread. The unusual addition of lime juice and coconut make the bananas soar. If you’ve got some bananas too ripe to eat, make this bread now.

The smell of this bread in your kitchen as it bakes is heavenly. I think this quick bread is not only perfect as a breakfast slice but as a rustic dessert if you serve a slice as the bottom to a scoop of ice cream or pureed fruit; this bread is that moist.

This bread was originally adapted from the Sundays at Moosewood book, giving it a healthy whole wheat addition.

Serves: 14-20 slices



  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana, coconut, or vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk or yoghurt (low-fat is o.k.)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas (2 large or 3 small)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut (toasted, optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Oil and lightly dust a loaf pan with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and oil together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the extract, milk, lime juice, grated ginger, sugars, salt, coconut flakes, and mashed bananas. Slowly incorporate the two flours and baking powder into the mixture, combining till the flours are just stirred through.
  3. Pour the banana bread mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. I recommend erring on the side of baking under 60 minutes to keep this bread ultra moist.
  4. In the last 10 minutes of baking, prepare your lime glaze by combining the rum, juice and sugar in a small pot over a low heat. Stir to combine everything and heat until all the sugar has dissolved and the liquid starts becoming syrupy, about 10 minutes.
  5. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack. Poke some holes into the top and top edges along the side of the bread. While the bread is still warm, pour the glaze over the bread and sprinkle the coconut over the glaze and let cool. *You can substitute vegetable oil or other neutral oil for the coconut or use 1/2 cup of butter.

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Reviews (3) Questions (1)

3 Reviews

DeArmasA June 27, 2010
I've made a variation of this recipe for years, got it out of a "Cooking Light" magazine issue, and converted it to muffins. Great to have on hand when late people are rushing out of the house without breakfast. I'm gonna give yours a try, thanks for posting!
tarsier March 17, 2010
I made this bread, and it is amazing.
vvvanessa December 18, 2009
that looks great! can't wait to try out the recipe.