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 slices1 slice equals:Calories: 193
Fat: 4.6g
Fiber: 1.1gSodium: 179mgWW Points: 4