Coconut Quick Bread

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Author Notes: When life gives you key limes, make...key lime curd and then this coconut quick bread to eat with it. Barely adapted from the Wednesday Chef. Alexandra Stafford

Makes: 1 standard loaf
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 ounces (1 1/2 cups) unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In This Recipe


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, lime zest, and salt. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture. Gradually mix with dry ingredients until just combined. Add melted butter, and stir until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  3. Line an 8 1/2- by 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. (You may need to prepare a mini loaf pan or other small vessel in the same manner.) Pour batter into pan, making sure it isn't filled more than 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours, but start checking after 45 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, remove bread from pan, and finish cooling on a rack.
  4. To serve, cut into 8 to 10 thick slices. If desired, toast lightly and spread with butter or lime curd.

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Reviews (44) Questions (0)

44 Reviews

Ofunne O. July 25, 2018
Would this work with oat flour?
lsm May 24, 2018
I made this today. My kitchen smells amazing. And the bread tastes so good. Toasted, French toast, or just plain. I used a 9 by 5 bread pan. The bread crowned and cracked on top. Thank you for a Wonderfull recipe.
Kathy May 16, 2018
Had only sweetened coconut so I used that and reduced sugar by 1/2 c. Also used half ap flour and half white whole wheat. We liked result a lot but are used to lower sugar eating. Will try recipe again sometime as written for comparison. Adding some almonds or pecans sounds good too. Based on other comments the recipe is quite adaptable!
Brandi M. May 11, 2018
Ugh! My husband got sweetened coconut instead of unsweetened and I do not feel like going around town to find unsweetened. Any ideas on how I could proceed with sweetened (cut back on the sugar?)? Or should I wait until I have a chance to get unsweetened?
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Alexandra S. May 12, 2018
eh, I would just go for it. Maybe cut the sugar back by 1/4 cup? I'm bet it will turn out great.
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Alexandra S. May 12, 2018
I bet :)
Sally April 14, 2018
I used half almond flour/half white flour and coconut milk instead of reg. Milk.....delicious.
pattiebrown52 March 5, 2018
Ali, this looks wonderful. I am definitely trying this week. Thanks for the share.
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Alexandra S. March 5, 2018
Hope you like it Pattie!
lekha March 5, 2018
Thanks Alexandra! Since I live in the UK, I will need to find what is available.
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Alexandra S. March 5, 2018
Ahh, sure! I don't do a ton of gf baking, but I have great results with cup4cup. It's Thomas Keller's brand. I order it on Amazon. I'm sure you have great options where you are, however, so just use what you can find!
lekha March 5, 2018
Is gf gluten-free? So, what proportion of GF Flour to Coconut Flour?<br />Thanks.
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Alexandra S. March 5, 2018
yes. I would find an all-purpose gf flour like Cup4Cup, and use it 1:1 in place of the all-purpose flour.
lekha March 5, 2018
Can I use coconut flour instead of plain flour?
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Alexandra S. March 5, 2018
I don't think so. Coconut flour is gluten-free so, you would need to make some other adjustments to the recipe. If you're looking to make this gf, I would simply use a gf all-purpose mix.
Evain H. October 16, 2017
Anyone try with coconut flour yet?
MalamuteMom October 11, 2017
Has anyone tried to make a Gluten Free version of this? I and my family have Celiac. Unlike wheat based flours, there is no such thing as All Purpose Gluten Free Flour :( Is it supposed to be light and fluffy like a cake, or more dense like a Banana Bread or zucchini loaf?
Dawne September 2, 2017
This was fantastic and was easy to make. It's what others have commented on, somewhere between a bread and a cake. I really like it toasted with butter! I will be making this again...
Kate V. August 23, 2017
This IS quick and tasty. I had spare buttermilk, so I used that, and substituted oil for butter. It's not really a cake and not really a bread, not sweet or savoury. Very interesting. I'm having it with salted butter for lunch with a cup of tea: perfect!
Alex T. March 21, 2017
I did try this yummy recipe with coconut milk (instead of milk), and it is super, very delicious.
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Alexandra S. March 21, 2017
So happy to hear this!
Stephanie L. October 16, 2017
When changing to coconut milk did you change the measurement - I want to try with almond milk?
Lisa March 21, 2017
Followed recipe exactly. It turned out such a delicious with perfect sweetness coconut bread. Amazing!
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Alexandra S. March 21, 2017
Alex T. December 23, 2016
I wonder if i use coconut milk instead of regular milk, I will try it and post the result.
Celia L. October 31, 2016
Baked this as mini loaves and came out great ! Toasted the coconut before adding it and it deepened the flavor, I believe.
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Alexandra S. March 21, 2017
Alma B. July 15, 2016
I just prepared this recipe and the result was amazing! I was amazed as how fast and easy was to make this cake. The results are great and even more considering the effort. Totally recommend.
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Alexandra S. July 16, 2016
So happy to hear this, Alma!
Maggie July 28, 2015
Please, any chance of metric or imperial measurements???? Many thanks, I know it is a pain, but would like to try this recipe as well. Xx
T June 7, 2015
Hi Everyone! Has anyone tried this using coconut flour?