Recipes: Sweets

Morning Blues

Coconut-Almond Banana Bread

Early mornings are always a hazardous affair at my household. Both me and Hubby Dear love to hold on strongly to our last few minutes of sleep. The alarm goes off and the snooze button is banged on a few times in a row, until it’s the absolute final second. Weekends however, are a whole other story altogether. We wake up not with the shrill tone of the ringing bed-side clock, but with brightness breaking  into the room through the drapes. No one fights to be the last to remain in bed. We each take our time in dragging our sleepy bodies out if it. What we do fight over though, is the weekend paper. You know, the ones so thick with all those different sections that would take you almost all day, had you the slightest will to read it all. To be precise, the comics section is what gets our undivided, unforgiving attention.


Growing up in a family where my Dad didn’t know how to start his day without his cup of tea and the morning national headline news; a Mom who didn’t care too much about politics but try as she might, found it hard to resist a good gossip in the entertainment section; and siblings who couldn’t care less about what was happening around them except for things that involved them personally; I was all too happy to have the likes of Garfield and Peanuts discarded my way! Aah, good times.

As I grew up and moved away from home, my weekend morning ritual continued. No matter how much of a frugal college student I was, I always saved up enough to get the Sunday paper to devour over with my morning cup. But now, with Hubby Dear and his swift hand, I can only but enjoy my coffee while I wait for him to get done before I am able to get hold of my morning laughs. And if there’s banana bread to keep me company while I eye him scornfully, then even better. Aah, good times!

COCONUT & ALMOND BANANA BREAD
Prep time: 15 min | Cooking time: 35 min | Serves: 4

1 cup
1/4 cup
1/4 cup
2
1/2 cup
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 cup
 all-purpose flour
sugar
butter, melted
ripe bananas
shredded dried coconutÂ
baking powder
baking soda
pure vanilla extract
sliced almonds

MIX in flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar with melted butter. Mash the bananas to a smooth pulp and add to the flour mixture to form a smooth batter.

ADD in almonds, coconut, and vanilla extract, and fill a greased loaf pan three-fourths full.

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bread is done and brown on top. To test for done, simply prick at different areas with a tooth-pick. If it comes out clean, then it’s done.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Naina
    October 5, 2010

    Great blog! Love your pix and stories… was looking for some rainy day recipes and found your site! Absolutely loved it!

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    Bread Lover Mommy
    September 27, 2010

    Its my first time at your site, and I’ve never heard of this particular recipe before either. But it was lovely, thank you!

    Also, the font you use on this blog is great, what is it called?

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    SUMAYA
    September 23, 2007

    Hi Meena,beautiful recipe,looks yummy and i will bake it soon.i am first time on your blog.thank u for your sweet gesture.take care!!

  • Reply
    Purnima
    September 18, 2007

    This is a lovely recipe, Meenakshi. First time on your blog yest, I made this aromatic bread and it was liked by my kids as well!! Thanks for posting! You have a lovely blog.

  • Reply
    Bipin
    May 18, 2007

    Your blog is really wonderful! Can you please send me some meal combinations (only a list of combinations) that are low fat. I am at loss when there is a party. Thanks so much.

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    Julie O'Hara
    March 12, 2007

    This is a very healthy recipe with not too much sugar…I love that! I was wondering if you use the shredded sweetened coconut that is available at the grocery store, or something else. I have looked for unsweetened coconut when other recipes call for it, but I’ve never been able to find it. Any advice?

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    Monika Korngut
    March 9, 2007

    Hi Meena,

    I love my coffee in the morning but usually just turn the TV on to find out what is the latest news. This bread is delicious. This weekend I have my husband’s brother coming and his girlfriend and they are staying the night. I was thinking what to make that it will be easy and delicious for breakfast… I was thinking about making banana pancakes but this recipe is really enticing me to make it instead.
    I too have added you to my blog-roll, I really enjoy reading your blog, its so effortless.

    Take care and happy writing.

    Thanks for linking to me Monika. Ummn, those banana pancakes sound delicious! Maybe I’ll make them for our sunday brunch! 🙂

  • Reply
    mallika
    March 7, 2007

    I wish I could stay in bed for a lie-in on weekends like you. My hubby and I survive on adrenalin and weekends are no different from any other day. Real shame…

    Oh no, weekend morning are simply for sleeping in at our place. I wouldn’t give it up for anything! 🙂

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    Spice Lover
    March 7, 2007

    I absolutely love your template. Such a lovely brown. and so minimalistic.
    i can so relate to this… being an only child i had sole possession of all the supplements. now its fight for the paper, fight for the bathroon, fight for the remote.
    Nice looking bread too BTW 🙂

    Thanks SL. Fighting for the bathroom is definitely something I can relate to. Tsk, tsk!

  • Reply
    Esther
    March 7, 2007

    great photo! and by the way…i’m in love with your theme

    Thanks Esther!

  • Reply
    Pille
    March 7, 2007

    I’ve never added coconut to my banana bread, but it sounds a great combination!

    It sure is Pille, I think coconut and banana are simply delicious together! Hope you like it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mythreyee
    March 6, 2007

    amazing, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe which is eggless. I like the photo.

    Thanks Mythreyee!

  • Reply
    Shilpa
    March 6, 2007

    Meena,
    I’ve been a regular visitors but this is the first time i am writing you, you have a wonderful blog. It inspires people like us to go in the kitchen and try something different .
    Thanks for the inspiration you are giving for cooking.
    Shilpa

  • Reply
    Shawnda
    March 5, 2007

    What a fab-o post to read on my first visit here – looking forward to coming back!

    Thanks Shawnda, hope to see you back here soon! 🙂

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    MarriedtoaDesi.com
    March 4, 2007

    Meena,

    I love your new set up. It highlights your beautiful pictures. Hope to try some of your recipes soon!

    Kanchana

    Thanks Kanchana.

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    March 4, 2007

    Meena,
    Your writing is eloquent, sincere and a joy to read. The pictures are truly spectacular. As a food writer myself, It is a pleasure to add you to my blogroll.
    Really great stuff!

    Thanks so much for your kind words Cynthia, I’ll be sure to drop into your blog as well! 🙂

  • Reply
    bee
    March 4, 2007

    beautiful picture and recipe.

    Thanks Bee!

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    Anh
    March 3, 2007

    Meena, so you are a morning person, right? My morning is messy and busy since I have worked through late night lately. Miss the calm morning when I can anjoy a walk or some pilate, then, sit down and eat some beautiful stuff such as your coconut banana bread. 😀

    Hey Anh, I’m in no way a morning person, but when it comes to freash baked bread, nothing can get me in a better mood! 🙂

  • Reply
    viji
    March 2, 2007

    Nice bread! Viji

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    Lisa
    March 2, 2007

    Hai Meena….
    You know what, I just made typical bread a couple days a go… It’s coconut bread, buat without almond…
    Yours looks so delicious…

    I just love the smell of bread baking first thing in the morning Lisa. Tuly divine, won’t you agree? 🙂

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    Mathangi
    March 2, 2007

    Hi Meena,

    I’ve been a regular visitor for so long… i guess its time ic ame out and told you that you have a wonderful blog. your food always looks so delicious, however simple or complex the recipe may be. and your writing is very clean and inviting to read. just wanted to say that….. take care…..
    and hey you should open that restaurant u talk about.:)

    Thanks Mathangi, glad to see you come out from behind the covers finally! 🙂

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    Priya
    March 2, 2007

    That used to be my ritual too, but no more now. Everyday on my way to the university I see papers strewn on the lawns and wonder if anyone reads newspapers at all !!
    The bread looks really yumm, a wonderful way to start a day. I’m going to try n bake this over the weekend.

    I agree Priya, with the ease of the internet, I think newspapers are losing its popularity. But nothing’s better for me on a Sunday morning than that fresh cup of coffee and the feel of paper in my hands.

  • Reply
    Chandrika
    March 2, 2007

    A delightful writeup and a delicious recipe! The photo is so good that I want to grab a slice right away!

    Thanks Chandrika! 🙂

  • Reply
    Zandria
    March 2, 2007

    What wonderful memories! I love that. And the bread looks delectable, as always! I swear, you take the best photos. It’s easy to imagine what your food tastes like just by looking at it. 🙂

    Thanks Zandria. Nothing can get better than something baking in the oven on a Sunday morning!

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