Banana-Chocolate Coconut Loaf

This sweet treat is guaranteed to be popular with the whole family.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”45 min” cook_time=”50 min” serves=”8″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”About 1 hour, 45 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 X 5-inch loaf pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Mix together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Beat together butter and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in mashed bananas and sour cream.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ] At low speed, beat flour mixture into banana mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until combined. Stir in coconut. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in prepared pan; smooth top.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bake cake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Loosen cake by running a metal spatula around sides of pan. Turn cake out onto rack to cool completely.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To prepare frosting, mix together confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and butter until smooth.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”8″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Spread frosting over top of cake. To garnish, sprinkle with coconut.[/step-item]


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