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Banana Bread for Banana Lover’s Day

Happy Banana Lover’s Day!

I have just the recipe to celebrate—the winner of the infamous We Work Labs banana bread bake-off.

Over the holidays, Matt Shampine, founder of We Are NY Tech, ordered way too many bananas for We Work Labs.  I’m guessing that he thought every bunch he ordered was a single banana, so we’re talking about a lot of bananas.

When we returned from Christmas break, the bananas were way too ripe to eat, but we couldn’t just leave the whole mound sitting there; that would have been wrong.  Before we knew it, a casual conversation about banana bread turned into a fierce competition between Andrew Tider and I.  We both baked two kinds of banana bread, and this was the favorite of the group.

I have adapted it from these two different recipes.  While the banana-lime flavor combo might sound strange, it adds that extra something to traditional banana bread.  I don’t know about you, but when I eat banana bread, I always need to add some sort of glaze or spread to it anyways, so this is my new go-to.

Coconut Lime Banana Bread Recipe


1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
3 tbsps dark rum
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

For the glaze:

2 tbsps lime juice
1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 300°F.  Grease four 7×3″ loaf pans.  In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.  Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.

In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar.  Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon.  Mix in salt, baking soda, and flour.  Stir in nuts.  Stir in coconut.  Divide into prepared pans.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut.

Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk; drizzle over warm bread.  Cool completely on wire rack.

What kind of banana bread will you be making today?

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1 Comment

  • Reply Christopher S. August 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I am a banana bread lover and this recipe sounds amazing! I would have never thought to put lime and coconut in banana bread, but I love each of the ingredients separately so im sure combined they compliment each other! Saving this!

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