Banana Bread with Coconut and Walnuts

banana-bread-coconut Photo: Travis Rathbone


  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients.

3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs until thick. Stir in oil, bananas, yogurt and vanilla. Fold in flour mix, coconut and walnuts.

4. Pour into greased 9-by 5-inch pan. Bake for 75 minutes. Let cool on rack and serve.

  • Yield: Makes: 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 224
Fat per serving: 7.4g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.8g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 3.8g
Protein per serving: 5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 37g
Fiber per serving: 3g
Cholesterol per serving: 32mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 171mg
Calcium per serving: 23mg

Good to Know

Enjoy a slice of this comfort-food favorite for fewer than 225 calories! This recipe cuts down the fat and ups the protein by using Greek yogurt. Lower fat even more by choosing fat-free yogurt. Cooking tip: Tent the loaf with foil if it gets too dark before it's cooked.

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Gail Simmons