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Coconut Banana Bread Muffins

This is the best coconut banana bread muffins recipe I have ever made! If you loved our coconut muffins but want to add some fruit this is a winner. With the addition of coconut and coconut milk, it is so yummy & easy to make too!

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I don’t cook much from scratch, but this coconut banana bread recipe is an exception…..it just doesn’t get any better than homemade!! I always did the traditional banana bread recipe out of a cookbook I got when I was married until a few yrs. ago when I lost that page & went on a quest to make an even better one….and here it is!! (originally published 3/15, affiliate links present)

Coconut Banana Muffins

There are really 2 keys to why this banana bread recipe is so flavorful and different from others you’ve seen…the coconut milk and added almond extract!

Of course with any sort of sweet bread you can make it in a loaf and slice to serve or smaller which bakes faster. If I am in a real hurry I will bake mini muffins with this batter which only takes about 11 minutes and the kiddos love them.

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Coconut Banana Bread Muffins

If you prefer to leave the second out that’s your choice but it is a nice addition and the coconut milk makes it nice and moist with the added sweetness of coconut. What is also great about this one is that it is dairy free just like our banana bread bundt cake!! That means my hubby and others who are lactose intolerant can enjoy it.

  • Vegetable oil
  • Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract, could add a dash of coconut flavored extract too
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ripe bananas mashed, 4 if you like it more moist
  • Sweetened coconut milk
  • Sweetened (not unsweetened coconut) shredded coconut flakes
  • Optional, 1/2 cup or so of chocolate chips

Dairy Free Banana Coconut Bread

Really love coconut?? You can add some flakes to the mixture too. Use our homemade version or a cheater type with our Bisquick banana bread. Substitute coconut milk for regular and throw sweetened flakes into the mix.

Coconut Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Coconut Bread

You can make this into a loaf but I really think muffins turn out better because they cook more evenly. You can sprinkle a bit of coconut on top, it will brown and get a bit crispy. To intensify the batter even more add 1/2 tsp of coconut extract.

  • Add all wet ingredients in a bowl including; mashed bananas, coconut milk, almond extract, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and oil into one bowl and mix well.
  •  In another bowl mix dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet slowly using a mixer on low speed to make smooth.
    • you could fold in mini chocolate chips now, about 3/4 cup
  • Add non stick spray to either mini muffin tin or prepared loaf pan and pour in mixture until it is half – 3/4 way full. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes or lightly browned for mini muffins, 18 for regular size.
  • When toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with crumbs attached it is done.
  • Allow quick bread to cool completely on a rack ideally before slicing.

I have done a loaf of banana or banana coconut bread but with anything in a loaf pan the middle pieces get the least done and the outer pieces get the most done and I’d prefer to have all of it be as moist as possible.

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Coconut Banana Muffins

Mini muffins using a mini muffin recipe pan like this are great, and perfect for a brunch or breakfast for a few mornings. I use this size to make coconut muffins all the time and they never last long.

Seriously, just jump to recipe and get started on making this bread. If you like both of these great flavors it is a great combo and comes out really moist. Leftovers can be stored in a freezer bag on the countertop for up to 4 days with air sucked out to stay tender.

Looking for more great banana bread recipes? Don’t waste them! If you hate that too there are so many goodies you can make from those brown goodies. Try them all and tweak to your liking. Here are a few others you might enjoy too.

Coconut Zucchini Bread

Banana Muffins with Coconut

Can I use fresh or dried coconut in Coconut Banana Bread Muffins?

You can use either fresh or dried coconut in Coconut Banana Bread Muffins. Freshly grated or sweetened shredded coconut will provide a more intense flavor and texture, while dried coconut can still add a delightful coconut taste.

Can I make Coconut Banana Bread Muffins Dairy Free?

Absolutely, ours already is! You can find coconut milk at the grocery store, you just may not have noticed it before. I would recommend the regular, not light, coconut milk as well as it makes it really flavorful and moist.
* I’ve made it with regular or lactose free milk (in our case organic 1% and with coconut milk, I would say the coconut milk version comes out a bit moister and a bit sweeter so I’d recommend that).

Can I make a loaf instead of muffins with a recipe?

Yes, you can adapt the recipe to make a loaf instead of muffins. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as a loaf will typically require a longer baking time compared to muffins. 18 minutes vs. 50 minutes or so is the difference.
Test the doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf—it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Tip: Try to get your bananas as black as possible as the coconut banana bread comes out best that way….retains natural sweetness. If you don’t get to them quick enough throw them into a bowl and in the fridge and you will buy yourself a few more days before you need to use them.

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Coconut Banana Bread Muffins

The best coconut banana bread muffins ever, you've got to try these for breakfast in the morning using your overripe bananas.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread, coconut
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 138kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all bananas, coconut milk, almond extract, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and oil into one bowl and mix well.
  •  In another bowl mix dry ingredients and mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet slowly using a mixer on low speed to make smooth.
  •  Add non stick spray to either mini muffin pan or loaf pan and pour in mixture until it is half – 3/4 way full. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or lightly browned for mini muffins, 18 minutes or so for regular muffins.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Banana Bread Muffins
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Winn

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

sweetened coconut milk? I use coconut milk from a can I have never seen it sweetened.

Adrienne

Sunday 5th of July 2020

The only one sweetened, that I am aware of, is coconut cream, which is sold by the cocktail mixers. Coco López or something. I hope she means regular coconut milk (unsweetened)

megunprocessed

Thursday 29th of September 2016

Great photography.

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