Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

What’s a girl to do when she has squishy bananas, blueberries begging to be used and an overstuffed pantry?  She makes Banana, Blueberry, Coconut Bread, a moist and flavorful treat that is perfect for breakfast, dessert or those times when you are craving a little something sweet.  You can easily serve this straight up or you can jazz it up,  like I did, with a sweetened blueberry puree and a crown of fresh blueberries.

Personally I think the extra 10 minutes to make the glaze is well worth it, but then again I am enamored with the contrast of the rich purple hue as it drapes elegantly down the sides of the toasty brown cake.

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

As I was baking this banana bread, I found myself reminiscing about my weekend trips to the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, a wonderful wildlife rehabilitation center that rests at the foothills of Mount Kenya.  And in true Road to Honey form, I had every intention of telling you a story about this magical place, but there is something else weighing on my mind so we will need to chat about monkeys and this sanctuary in a future post.  On the upside, this will give me the opportunity to bring you another delectable banana dessert.

In the meantime, if you are dying to know more about this conservancy, you can read about it HERE.

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12-16 servings

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

Banana bread has gotten an elegant facelift with this super moist Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread topped with a sweet blueberry puree & fresh blueberries.

Ingredients

    For the Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large bananas (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (toasted)
  • For the Blueberry Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water + 1 -3 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

    For the Cake:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Toast the coconut in the oven for about 1 minute.
  3. Spray cooking spray onto a bundt pan & coat with flour. Set aside.
  4. Combine dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs & sugar with an electric mixer until they are well blended & light in color.
  6. Stir bananas, oil, yogurt, & vanilla into the sugar & egg mixture.
  7. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture & stir until well combined.
  8. Fold the blueberries & toasted coconut into the batter. Note: The batter will be somewhat thick.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely, then remove from the pan.
  11. Drizzle with Blueberry Glaze (recipe follows) & top with fresh blueberries.
  12. For the Blueberry Glaze:
  13. Place blueberries, sugar & 1 tablespoon of water in a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until the blueberries soften & burst.
  14. Remove the blueberries from the heat & strain them through a sieve. Throw the skins away & allow the puree to cool.
  15. Sift the confectioners sugar into the blueberry puree, then whisk until fully incorporated. It may look like you won’t be able to get all the sugar into the puree. Keep whisking. It will eventually go in.
  16. Add water, one teaspoon at a time, until you get the desired consistency. You likely will need between 1-3 teaspoons.
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As you may have gathered through my posts, our furry four legged family is extremely important to the Mr. and I so it is only natural that we get very worried at the first sign of anything “out of the ordinary” .    This was no exception 8 months prior to leaving Kenya when we noticed a lump on Asia’s (our female tuxie kitty) belly.   So without hesitation we rushed the little cutie to see her Kenyan veterinarian.

“It’s just a fatty tumor.”  he said.  “Akuna matata. . .nothing to worry about.”  

Phew!  A sense of relief flooded us as we drove her back home all the while happy as clams that the panic was not justified.

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

But over the months the “fatty tumor” continued to grow and the Mr. and I became increasingly worried about our little Mother Hen.  Was it really a fatty tumor?  Or was it something far more serious?

Then the Westgate Mall attack happened  (see more about that HERE and HERE) and we moved back to the U.S..  While our sudden relocation was unplanned, the Mr. and I found extreme comfort knowing that our return, as hard as it was, would enable Asia to get proper veterinarian care.

So when we landed back on U.S. soil, the vet was the first person we saw.  I couldn’t be prouder as Asia proved to be the true star patient, handing out kisses and rubs as the vet and technicians poked and prodded at her.  She lay willingly on her back as they took x-rays of her little body.  She didn’t even put up a fuss when they took a biopsy from the lumps on her belly.

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

 

As the vet looked at the sample under the microscope, Asia patiently sat on the cool metal exam table with her paw casually folded under intently waiting to see what was next.  But while Asia was acting cool as a cucumber, there was something far more sinister happening in her vivacious little body.    You see, that “fatty tumor” was not just a benign little growth but rather breast cancer.  Breast cancer!  Do you know how rare breast cancer is in cats?  Especially spayed cats?

The Mr. and I were devastated.  Asia had always served as our little protector and now the tables were turned and we would need to do all that we could to protect her from this vicious disease.

We scheduled the surgery for her as soon as possible.  The surgery went well.  As they handed her carrier over to us, they told us that she likely would not have much of an appetite and would sleep more than usual.  But not our little Asia.  As soon as she regained consciousness she made sure that everyone knew that she had missed breakfast that morning and was demanding that she be presented with a meal fit for a queen.  And while the pain medication had a tendency to leave most kitties groggy, it seemed to have the opposite effects on Asia.  Day and night she sat very relaxed on her “sick bed” with eyes wide open.  Despite lack of sleep, she became a love machine on overdrive. . .purring loudly even when only the slightest glance was thrown her way.

Asia Kenya

 

The results came back and her cancer was confirmed.  The Mr. and I were  very relieved when they told us that the results showed that they had successfully removed the tumor’s margins.    Asia had beat cancer and she was going to continue to be our Mother Hen for many years to come. . .or so we thought.

But life is never as you wish and new lumps resurfaced and were once again removed.  With each surgery there was new hope that the cancer was finally gone for good.  But lady luck would not have it that way.  As I was taking the photographs of this cake, I gingerly picked Asia up to move her off the chair.  That’s when  I felt them.  Two new lumps.  Two new BIG lumps.  Both on the same side that all the previous lumps had been on.

 

Asia

 

This will be Asia’s fourth surgery since we returned from Africa nearly two years ago.  If you met her you would never know that her little body continues to fight cancer.  She is spunky, outgoing and full of life.  She bounces back from each surgery like it “ain’t no thing.”

We bypassed her regular vet and are scheduled to take her directly to her cancer specialist tomorrow.  The Mr. and I are no strangers to this song and dance and we know what’s next.  We will be converting my studio into her recovery room.   The Mr. and I have vowed to continue to help her fight as long as she has fight within her. 

All positive vibes as Asia continues To battle the big “C” are appreciated.  She will be sporting her pink Susan B. Komen breast cancer collar.

XOXO-

Lynn

29 thoughts on “Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread

  • June 24, 2015 at 2:14 am
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    Hey Lynn, Its great recipe of coconut bread with mixture of banana and blueberry and its perfect breakfast..Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • June 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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      Thanks Janine. I couldn’t agree with you more that this makes for the perfect breakfast. Happy to share.

  • June 24, 2015 at 7:37 am
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    Asia is a fighter. I’m wishing you all continued success with her battle. The cake is lovely and the blueberry glaze is such a nice touch, Lynn.

  • June 24, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    Oh I love this! The flavor profile sounds so interesting

    • June 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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      Thanks. It was quite tasty. . .so tasty that the Mr.’s co-workers gobbled it all down in no time. 🙂

    • June 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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      Isn’t it gorgeous Megan? I just love that vibrant purple color up against the brown.

  • June 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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    What else COULD you do but make this? You can no choice. NO CHOICE! Also no choice in the matter of what to do with it once it was made. Pack it up and send express to me. Right? It’s going to be delivered today? 😉

  • June 25, 2015 at 12:47 am
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    Thank you for this recipe. I made it tonight and it was delicious! My girlfriend said it was “great” which means she loved it! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  • June 27, 2015 at 8:58 am
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    This is such a stunning bread! I love the coconut and the blueberry glaze is just beautiful! Sending my best thoughts and vibes for sweet Asia.

    • June 27, 2015 at 9:49 am
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      Thank you Kelly. I am enamored with the vibrancy of the blueberry glaze myself.

      Asia had her surgery on Thursday and she is being her usual sweetie pie self. She’s doing far better than I would have if I had this type of surgery. In addition to the 3 lumps that we suspect is cancer, the vet also unexpectedly found a very large mass on her front. Fingers crossed that the lab results say the mass is benign. Thanks for the good vibes!

  • June 29, 2015 at 1:03 am
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    I haven’t made banana bread in a while and this one looks awesome ! I make similar muffins and also add chocolate chips 🙂 Pinning to try it! Pictures are amazing!

    • June 30, 2015 at 6:28 am
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      Thanks Mira. I think it is high time that you have a little banana bread in your life. 🙂

      Chocolate chips and banana bread are also a marriage made in heaven. Cocoa nibs are my latest addiction. . .so I think I might try sneaking a handful of these in next time.

  • June 29, 2015 at 1:05 am
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    And I forgot to send my best thoughts to this cutie! Hope she gets better soon!

    • June 30, 2015 at 6:25 am
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      Thanks Mira. She is doing well after Thursday’s surgery. Fingers crossed the Cancer is gone for good this time.

    • June 30, 2015 at 6:24 am
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      Thank you for the good mojo. Asia needs all that she can get. Fortunately she is like a rubber band and snaps back from surgery almost instantaneously. It’s amazing to see.

      Yes. . . you need to make this banana bread STAT. I’m wishing I hadn’t sent the Mr. to work with the whole loaf.

  • June 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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    Sending positive vibes to Asia! What a fighter.

    This bread looks divine. I am loving all of the flavors in this. And the color of that glaze, oh my god. It’s amazing!

  • July 2, 2015 at 11:36 am
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    Sending prayers and positive vibes your way for your little kitty. She is so adorable.
    This banana blueberry coconut bread looks incredible, I love the bright colors!

  • July 4, 2015 at 10:31 am
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    I know it’s a difficult time for you right now, but I’m wishing your family all the best. Please know that you have a ton of fans who are all thinking of you!!! XOXO

  • July 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! Hope she recovers quickly and is on to good health❤️ The cake and photos are gorgeous!

  • July 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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    Oh my god. I’m so sorry that Asia has to go through all of this. My cat (also, like yours, my surrogate child) had a fatty tumor and there was a moment of sheer panic while we waited for the biopsy results to come back. I can’t imagine how tough this is for all of you and I am sending my best healing vibes to Asia!

  • December 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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    Great recipe Lynn! I really hope Asia gets better day by day and the whole bad cancer thing goes away, so far away!

    • December 20, 2015 at 9:21 am
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      Thank you Shadi. We continue to battle with cancer. Asia started a new round of chemotherapy (her cancer wasn’t responding to the last round) so we are hoping it does the trick. It still amazes me how much pep she has despite all that she has gone through. You would never know she was sick (other than her patchy haircut) and she is clearly making every minute count. She is a true inspiration.

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