Banana Bread with Coconut and Pecans

5 stars based on 7 votes

Banana coconut bread 4a

Banana and coconut are a natural combination and this quick bread is a great way to enjoy them. It’s easy to make: you can throw the ingredients together in twenty minutes, and then just let the oven do its work. Enjoy this bread warm out of the oven or toasted for breakfast the next day.

Banana Bread with Coconut & Pecans

Servings: One 9x5-inch loaf
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork until smooth (from about 3 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (see note below)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and sugar until just combined. Beat in the eggs, bananas and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix. Gently stir in the coconut and nuts (the batter will look lumpy).
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center is relatively clean (tester should not be totally dry; the bananas keep it moist) and the top is golden brown. Do not overcook. Let the loaf cool in the pan for about ten minutes, then turn out onto rack. Slice while still warm or store in an airtight container. Toast individual slices for best results.
  5. Note: Toasting the pecans is optional but enhances their flavor. Simply spread the pecans on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 4-5 minutes.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    I used sweetened coconut and left out the 2 T of sugar I also didn’t toast the pecans. It was really good and will be making again.

    - Kathryn on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just baked this very late last night and the scent of coconut and banana was heavenly! I love banana breads but this is the best one ever: a perfect balance of ripe banana to flour and coconut (I used sweetened flaked coconut, as it had texture), but forgot to toast the pecans and to add less sugar. I hand whisked the softened, half melted butter with sugar and hand mixed the rest of dry etc. when tasting the oh so yummy batter, my error with sugar made it a little too sweet. So taking a clue from your chocolate marble banana bread, mixed half of batter with 4 measured tablespoons of unsweetened organic cocoa powder, put that light cocoa chocolate batter on top of other half in the loaf pan and swirled just a little. Tasted batter and it balanced the over sweetness and didn’t overwhelm the coconut. This bread baked beautifully brown and perfectly moist and such a delicious blend of flavors!! Toasted up this morning and tried with some butter and another with a little home-made lemon curd. Super Yummy! This recipe is definitely a keeper!! Question: I bought some canned mango slices(Thailand product) and would this work in any sweet bread or only fresh or dried fruits?

    - Gina on February 27, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Gina, So glad you enjoyed the banana bread! I do think you could use the canned mango slices; just chop them up.

      - Jenn on February 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was to die for! I loved it and thankfully I doubled it because everyone wants more!

    - Anne on February 16, 2015 Reply
  • How many mini loaves sized 6×3 would this make and hhw long would I bake them for. Thanks

    - Charlene Novak on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Charlene, I’m guessing two, and I’d start checking after about 30 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is another awesome recipe, Jenn! Like one of the other commenters, I only had walnuts on hand so I toasted and added them, and we loved the end product Nice variation of banana bread.

    - Jenn on November 2, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn, do you think the taste would suffer if instead of melted butter I use melted coconut oil? Just trying to make it dairy-free…

    - Koek on October 4, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Koek, I think the coconut oil would actually taste wonderful. Please let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on October 5, 2014 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Hello! Well, I just made it using coconut oil, and yes, it’s pretty awesome. I used an odourless variety of coconut oil (so it didn’t add any new flavour), and the texture was somewhat fluffier, and it felt definitely lighter than the original recipe. So I would definitely use coconut oil again, maybe next time the one with the flavour to see if it adds a new dimension.

        - Koek on October 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I loved this bread and have added it to my “recipes I will make again on Pinterest”
    I used sweetened coconut because it was what I had in the house and left out the 2 T of sugar I also didn’t toast the pecans.
    I had to bake it for 1 hr my oven.

    - Kathryn on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • This recipe is SO GOOD. I added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and made muffins instead of the loaf. The coconut makes it nice and crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside!!! SO GOOD.

    - Thea on April 5, 2014 Reply
  • It was wonderful. I tried to use a bundt pan, didn’t rise, but still good. Toasted the coconut and walnuts. Used sweetened coconut and deleted the sugar, used salted butter and deleted the salt. Husband loved it. Thanks.

    - Leslie on January 26, 2014 Reply
  • This is a GREAT recipe for banana bread. I don’t like many, I can always taste the four and/or just in general lacks flavor or is way too dense. This is PERFECT. Its dense but still soft and moist. I used sweetened coconut (it was what I had). I also used toasted walnuts instead of pecans (didnt have pecans). I’ve got this recipe and will use it from now on when making banana bread. WONDERFUL, THANK YOU!!!

    - lynn on December 4, 2013 Reply
  • Great as it is,but I bet a little pineapple would be great in this bread too!

    - Connie on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • I really loved this as a change from my usual banana bread. I used half white & half whole wheat flours and it was delicious. Very, very moist. I also had to use sweetened coconut since its what I had on-hand, so I reduced the sugar a little. Turned out perfectly. Had no nuts in the pantry, but I didn’t miss them at all. This recipe is a keeper!

    - Kelly on March 21, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you for providing some variation to the traditional banana bread. Theaddition of coconut and pecan really enhance this bread.

    - Jennifer Marcus on March 13, 2013 Reply
  • I made this banana bread and the coconut really takes it up a notch. It is great sliced and toasted even days after making it (if it last that long). It is very easy to whip up and I always have the ingredients on hand. Thank you!

    - Karen on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I made this for my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group last week. It was a total hit! I must have given your website to at least 20 moms! My 5 year old wants me to make it every day! :)

    - Amy Simonson on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I ate way too many pieces of banana bread when I was a kid. It’s a favorite all across America so I had to give in and bake another. I wanted something different and not so “bananaish” so I tried this recipe. It’s different and I am so happy to say I like banana bread again! The coconut and pecans give it that extra “something” that brought me back to the world of banana bread!! Thanks for the recipe!!

    - Roberta on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I have 8 mini loaves of this now baking. I think it will be delicious. I didn’t notice until too late that the coconut is unsweetened, so I just used the sweetened coconut that I had on hand. We’ll see how that turns out! I doubled the recipe, so you can tell I was pretty confident that it will be wonderful.

    - Donna on May 26, 2012 Reply
  • Love how the coconut makes the banana bread a bit more special… yum!

    - Helen on May 20, 2012 Reply
  • i love the addition of the coconut. my son doesn’t like nuts in his banana bread so I made some with and some without and everyone loved it!

    - kathy on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • OOOH! I am on such a coconut kick right now….this sounds amazing!

    - Kathryn Reitman on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • Love the idea of toasting each slice before tasting. I am going to give this a try tonight. Thanks! Also, am so excited about the Boos cutting board giveaway.

    - Patty Jensen on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I always save old bananas in the freezer to make banana bread and this recipe looks like a delicious addition to my same old same old recipe. I cannot wait to try it this weekend.

    - susan on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • The coconut and pecans take regular banana bread to a whole new level – it makes a wonderful dessert with coffee or a quick breakfast. I especially liked it toasted with peanut butter.

    - Adrian on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • i do love banana bread but have never thought about adding coconut to it but that certainly does look delicious. i look forward to trying it.

    - jacquie on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • I have made this several times, but used the regular coconut it my local grocery store. Tastes great. Next time I get to Whole Foods (not too often), I will pick up the unsweetened coconut and try it. Freezes well.

    - Cathy OConnell on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe looks delicious! We love coconut at my house. I bought some overripe bananas the other day, but my hubby ate them already. I’ll have to try it next week.

    - Angela on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • I made this last week to take to a play date. Everyone loved it! I also substituted sweetened coconut and omitted the sugar as that’s what I had on hand. This is going to be my favorite banana bread recipe from now on.

    - Sri on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • Love the addition of coconut. I buy a cookie with pecans and coconut that is to die for. Looking forward to this recipe.

    - Jackie Gaskins on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! My grandmother is barely eating now a days but has been asking for banana bread for days now – this looks brilliant!

    - Cassie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is an awesome recipe! I first made muffins thinking it would help control how much I ate! Ha! Ha! These are so good & moist!! Luv, luv luv them!!

    - pcentorbi on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is our favorite ” go to ” banana bread recipe….thank you for sharing!

    - Michelle on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • loved this bread! the addition of coconut subtley enhances the banana flavor for a fruitier tasting banana bread. yum!

    - m duncan on February 29, 2012 Reply
  • can we use whole wheat or spelt flour instead of all purpose flour ?

    - ritu on September 22, 2011 Reply
  • Thanks for the post, I want to try this recipe this weekend.

    - Bread Making Machines on August 5, 2010 Reply
  • I had to search forever to find this recipe. I’d remembered seeing it, but never bookmarked it. So worth the search.

    - Cheryl Arkison on April 3, 2010 Reply
  • Oh my word! This is so good. It just got done literally 10 minutes ago and I had to try it 5 minutes after it came out of the oven. I did not have unsweetened coconut so I also omitted the 2 tbsp of sugar like the one poster above me.

    - Dawn on February 8, 2010 Reply
  • wow. fantastic banana bread recipe. I always freeze my overripe bananas and make bread or muffins. this recipe is a keeper. I am truly enjoying your recipes, have made several of them already.

    - alice on January 18, 2010 Reply
  • This is absolutely delish. Another winner Jen! I didn’t have unsweetened coconut, but I just omitted the 2 tbs of sugar, and added my sweetened with wonderful results! :-)

    The difficulty will be sticking to just ONE piece, even fresh out of the oven. The coconut and banana are a wonderful complimentary combo –

    - Chris on January 13, 2010 Reply
  • One can never try too many banana bread recipes! Especially recipes that improve a they sit–those are gems. Bookmarking this one now. Happy New Year, Jenn!

    - Shauna from Piece of Cake on January 8, 2010 Reply

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