Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread

The heady aroma of chocolate, the mild flavor of banana, and the undeniable sweetness of coconut is what makes this Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread a complete standout, and the perfect loaf to give as a holiday gift.

The thing I’m finding odd (but pleasant) as I sit down to write this post is that I can almost smell the aroma of chocolate and coconut wafting through the house, even though this bread is long gone. I consider that a testament to how tasty this simple-to-make loaf actually is.

Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread

Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread is easy to whip together but it you’ll notice that the bake time is long, and that’s because it’s so dense and chocolaty. Remember that all good things come to those who wait, and this bread is well worth every minute spent in the oven.

 Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread

If you’d like to up the chocolate ante of this bread (nice, but certainly not necessary), feel free to add some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter before baking. And, as I’m always prone to do (but didn’t do this time), tossing in some chopped toasted nuts is never a bad thing in my book. But, if you’re giving it as a gift, sometimes the simpler, the better.

Yield:   1 loaf        Prep Time: 10 minutes      Bake Time: 70-90 minutes

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 overripe bananas
¼ cup buttermilk (or mix ¼ milk with ½ teaspoon lemon juice)
1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
loaf pan
baking spray
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend the butter, sugar, eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until well combined.

-Add the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Blend until well combined. Add in the coconut (chocolate chips and nuts, if using) and mix until combined.

-Scrape the mixture evenly into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. Bake in a preheated oven for 70-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

-Cool completely. If desired, wrap in plastic wrap and then gift wrap with ribbon.


Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread


Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread

Another thing you’ll love about this Cocoa Coconut Banana Bread is that after it’s wrapped tightly in plastic wrap you can pop it in the freezer for up to 3 weeks before you’re ready to gift it. As far as easy (and tasty) gift giving goes, it doesn’t get much better than that! Time to do the happy freezer make that “frozen” dance. LOL

Olaf Hand Painted Ornament

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!





  1. Chocolate-coconut is always a winner in my book! This looks delicious!

  2. That ornament is so dang cute! and this bread sounds yummy

  3. Two of my favorite flavors in a fantastic quick bread. I love different versions of banana bread and your cocoa-coconut version looks like a hit, Renee!

  4. I love coconut! This looks amazing!

  5. Love dense chocolate-y breads like this!

  6. Yum, I'm loving this flavor combo – bananas and coconut are perfect together (and you can't go wrong w/ chocolate). Plus, I can't stop chanting cocoacoconut..cocoacoconut…cocoacoconut…

  7. Looks scrumptious!

  8. I love banana bread any day of the week. I wish I had a big batch of it. Yours looks moist and tasty!

  9. Coconut in banana bread is a glorious thing, and then you add chocolate and it is even better!

  10. I LOVE the sound of this bread. I love banana bread but that addition of chocolate and coconut makes it even better!

  11. You can't go wrong with chocolate and coconut together, as far as I'm concerned… especially if you add some extra chocolate chips in there. (Because really, is there such a thing as too chocolatey? I think not.) A big fat slice of this loaf with a mug of strong coffee would be fantastic right about now.

  12. Wow, this bread looks so nice! And I love that pan, it's beautiful and festive! Where did you get it?

  13. I just love the chocolate and coconut combo! I bet this banana bread is amazing! 🙂

  14. Definitely a great gift giving idea!

  15. All these flavors work SO well together…. I bet this bread is completely amazing!!

  16. This bread sounds delicious! I love baking breads to give as gifts for the holidays!

  17. What a tasty sounding bread! I bet it would be awesome as French toast.

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