April 09, 2009

Lime, coconut, bananas and Zesty!

Bananas. The fruit you like to get over ripe. The fruit you love to bake in your cakes, cookies and breads! Limes. I love them! I love the smell of a lime. Coconut. Well, it just plain goes with lime! Rum, well, when you have limes and coconut, doesn't adding rum make sense?

My bananas needed to be used....and they needed to be used fast! I had found a recipe for Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze in an old Cooking Light magazine. Today turned out to be the day to bake! :o) The bread turned out awesome. The lime glaze, well, that just puts the bread over the top. If you like these flavors, then take some of those bananas you have that are getting overripe and start baking this bread. You won't regret it!

Before I give you the recipe, I have a few things I need to mention. First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported me during my surgery and healing! I'm really feeling great now. I don't have permission to go back to work yet, that will be a few more weeks. However everyday just seems to be a better day.

I want to thank Linda, of the Weekend Cook (and her mom also). Linda sent me a get well card along with a cute towel with honeybees and hives (how appropriate Linda!) and her mom sent me a get well card. I received a card from Sabrina of Superfluous and I had already mention my friend Marthe of Culinary Delights who sent me a card from Holland.

My friend Rhonda at work sent me a plant and my department (I'm sure Sue did the work!) sent me a bouquet of flowers along with a great get well card that really made me smile thanks to Stefan's mention of me coming back as "perfect" as if I weren't already. ;o) Ha ha. I miss my co-workers and the students and will be happy when I can go back and be with them at work!

Thank you so much for making me feel special! I've been having fun playing FB Scrabble with my friend Barbara of Barbara Bakes, Roberta (an old HS friend) Karen (my Cooking forum friend) and Grumpy! Thanks for keeping my mind active these last few days!!I also want to mention that my friend Cory over at ZestyCook is having a giveaway. Cory is launching a clothing line of t-shirts and aprons where all the profits go to a food bank. In celebration of his launch, Cory is giving away 2 T-shirts and 2 aprons. Head on over to his site to sign up for his giveaway, or do what I did this morning, and buy yourself one! I have a red apron heading my way soon and I can't wait to get it! I wish Cory luck with this venture. I think it is an awesome thing he is doing.

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
Cooking Light Magazine

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk to combine.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, rum, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk; drizzle over warm bread. Cool bread completely on wire rack.

Serving size: 16 slices
1 slice equals:
Calories: 193
Fat: 4.6g
Fiber: 1.1g
Sodium: 179mg

WW Points: 4


  1. Glad you are starting to feel better! I am in love with this bread and I haven't even tasted it! I love all things lime. It looks fantastic! Like the shirt too. I will head on over there!

  2. aww I'm so glad you're feeling better :) Your banana bread looks fantastic

    it's funny i just finished baking a cinnamon bread, I was going to make banana bread but opted out and went with cinnamon instead.

  3. It's wonderful to hear you are feeling so much better. That is great news:D ...and by all means throw in some rum:D

  4. Continue to feel better...

    I love to cook but baking confounds me as I am not good with a measuring cup and spoons! LOL

  5. That looks so delicious! Great flavors! I wish I had some bananas but I just used mine to make banana bread a few days ago!

  6. WOW..This looks like a great recipe.. i may actually be able to do it myself!!
    Sorry to hear you werent well.. hope you feel better now and are recovering well!!

  7. We have a load of relatives landing on Friday and this looks like a perfect thing to have on hand!!!

    best, s

  8. S ~ I LOVE this combination of flavors ~ tropical and fresh! Thank you for sharing the recipe (and also for letting us know about Cory's venture! Great concept and I wish him much success.)

    Hope you're feeling stronger and better every day. xo~m.

  9. A tropical style banana bread! What a nice combination of flavors ~ love the addition of rum.

  10. Scrabble's been fun! The cake looks amazing. I love the combination of flavors and it's Cooking Light!

  11. I am so thrilled to hear that you're feeling so much better! Now, we just need to get Grumpy all patched up! This bread looks like it could make anyone feel better. What fabulous flavors you've got going on!! Totally delicious!

  12. This looks moist and delicious! I have made a similar one to this before. I love the flavors combined!! It's so good to hear that your feeling great. You'll be back to yourself in no time.

  13. Sounds like a tropical getaway to me! :)

    I've been having fun playing UNO on FB =P

  14. Great looking bread. I love all the ingredients. Your pix, as usual, are just fab!

  15. ooh that looks really good... I wonder if coconut rum would work in there. Yummy.

  16. Oh my word, this bread looks amazing!

  17. Sounds like you are feeling better Shelby, glad to hear it. I'm sure your co-workers will be glad to have you back also, especially if you bring some of that bread in!!

  18. This is my absolute favorite banana bread. I made it when I first saw it back it 2003 and I have been making it all the time ever since. It looks delicious! and I know it is.
    We just finished some off a couple weeks ago!

  19. Ciao ! I'm so happy to see you are getting better !! I see it from the delicious things you are preparing !! Baci and Happy Easter

  20. I'm drooling! This is fantastic Shelby!

  21. What a nice combination of flavors!! Looking forward to trying this one. Thanks for posting.

  22. This is one great sounding bread!

  23. You know, I keep meaning to try this one, because every one who makes this seems to rave about it. It looks beautiful. I'm sorry, I've been out of the loop a bit. However, I'm glad that you are feeling better! Take care.

  24. All my favorite flavors in one bread, you are so my hero!! I love the sound of this!! I would love some toasted believe it or not with butter..

  25. I am so glad you are feeling better - YEAH! The lime/coconut/banana bread is calling my name - three of my favorite ingredients together. YUM!

  26. Wow! This looks great. I've added it to my to-do list.

  27. That must taste amazing ans smell amazing as well! It's a great combo! Glad you're doing better!

  28. So happy to hear that you're feeling back to normal.
    The bread looks great, now if you'll indluge me "he put the lime in the coconut and drank it all up..."

  29. This seems like a wonderful recipe, reminding of the warm tropical flavours. might have to give it a go, only question can I use dessicated coconut ? The picture is great and looks like a wonderful moist bread.

    Hope you get better soon and take lots of rest, if you can stay away from the kitchen ;)

  30. Jenn, coconut rum would definitely work!

    Kiran, you could probably use dessicated coconut with no problem in the batter. I am not sure how it would work for the topping. I honestly have never used dessicated coconut myself....but I believe it is drier than what I used (Bakers flaked coconut).

  31. This looks great. I have some bananas on my counter now that should work in a couple of days.

  32. So happy you're feeling better!!

    That bread looks just gorgeous -- I have some coconut left over from Passover macaroons - this may be the perfect way to use it!

  33. The bread looks delicious. Such a great combination of flavors.

  34. This is such a perfect combination of flavors! I'm on a coconut binge right now and I love the little flakes peeking out of the bread. Delicious!

  35. I love the combo of coconut and lime! Every Christmas I make coconut-lime cookies - it's a regular butter cookie with lime zest added to the batter, and once the cookies bake, they're dipped in a lime glaze and topped with coconut. :)

  36. This recipe sounds amazing!!

    I am linking this recipe on my Weekly Menu for next week and ! I hope your OK with me borrowing your picture (with full credit, of course)as I like it so much better than the one from Cooking Light!!

    I love your site, and thanks for the great recipes!

  37. This is so my next banana bread recipe...I'm loving the coconut and lime (& all things Caribbean).


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