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Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread
Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Adapted from the wonderful Stella Parks over at Seriouseats.com 

While the coconut oil is not strictly necessary, it makes the banana bread as rich and moist as oil. And because it's solid at room temperature, it provides the slow-melting richness of butter without making the loaf heavy and wet, or greasy. 

An AlohaDreams.com recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 17 slices
Author: Betsy Edwards
  • 4 medium bananas , ripe
  • 4 ounces plain Greek yogurt , preferably nonfat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (that's 9 ounces or 240 grams)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 1/4 ounces coconut oil - virgin or refined (3/4 cup)(Can substitute 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter)
  • 4 ounces toasted pecan or macadamia nuts - chopped
  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line one 10 1/2– by 5 1/2–inch OR two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans loaf pan with enough parchment paper that it drapes over each side several inches.
  3. Peel 4 bananas (you should have about 12 ounces) and in a medium bowl mash bananas with 4 ounces yogurt, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons water and 1 teaspoon vanilla. NOTE: If bananas are under-ripe, cover bowl with plastic and let mixture stand 30 minutes.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add 240 grams flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon table salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3/4 cup solid coconut oil. Mix on low until mixture becomes a mealy powder. Add banana mixture and continue mixing only until no more flour is visible. Fold in nuts and scrape into prepared pan(s), spreading into an even layer.

  5. Bake until risen and golden brown - about about 50 minutes for two smaller loaves (or 70 minutes for a large loaf).  Bread is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 206°F.

  6. When done, set the loaf, still in the pan, on a wire cooling rack. Let cool for 10 minutes — this helps the loaf solidify and makes it easier to remove from the pan.

  7. Remove from pan and cool another 10 minutes. Grasping the parchment paper sling, lift the loaf out of the pan and place on the on the cooling rack. Cool for another 10 minutes before slicing.
  1. Wrapped tightly in foil, banana bread will keep up to 3 days at room temperature or 1 week in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

To keep this simple, you can substitute 1 stick of butter (salted or unsalted) for the coconut oil and omit the yogurt entirely if you wish.