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Put the Lime in the Coconut…Banana Bread


There are days you just need a Mai Tai at 9:00 am. You know those days? When crumbles of life are falling down all around you and the only sane thing to do is to drink something fruity and tropical and rather strong? Well, I have a rather innocent solution, one that will not garner worried looks from your friends and relatives and one that is so amazingly delicious that you may not mind any more that your life is in shambles.


Truly. All you need is a sliver of this Lime and Coconut Banana Bread. It is spiked with rum. Yeah, I said it but just to drive it home…spiked with RUM! Eating a slice won’t get you tipsy, but it will make you happy and might even make you hum a tune or two…like this.

And making it is just as easy as any quick bread in the world but it is spiked with RUM! Are you beginning to worry about me? Well, good. It’s about time. I have been blogging for almost three years now and if you weren’t worried about my sanity now and then, you either weren’t paying attention, or  I think it would be safe to assume your sanity has vanished some time ago.


Kindered spirits we are then. Now I’m talking like Yoda. See? Sanity has officially left the building. It’s highly over rated anyhow. By the way, this bread is perfection. It has a tang from the lime, a sweet wink from the banana but not an all out sugar rush, and a little crunch and tropical fun from the coconut. And finally, it has that nice three tablespoon hit of rum that makes you say, mmmhhhmmm.


I really can’t think of any reason in the world why you wouldn’t want to make this…and don’t start on the “it’s too fattening or calorie laden!” kick…I’m NOT in the mood. Can’t you tell? But just to let you in on a secret…it’s a change-up recipe from Cooking Light and I even lightened it a bit further so it will cause you less than 193 calories and 4 grams of fat of grief and guilt. No it’s not on the PALEO plan, but I am not a cave man either last I checked. 😉

Over and out.

Lime and Coconut Banana Bread with RUM

Inspired by Cooking Light, makes one loaf or about 16 slices

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 c. mashed banana, I used two large bananas, very ripe
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 c. low-fat milk or low-fat buttermilk (next time I’m trying light coconut milk)
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 T. lime zest or the zest of 1-2 limes
Cooking spray
optional: stir in chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts with the coconut. Yum!

To make the bread: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour through sugar.

In a medium bowl or extra large liquid measuring cup, cream together butter and eggs with a rubber spatula. Add mashed bananas through coconut extract and combine. Add the liquid ingredients (50% at a time) to the dry ingredients and stir together. Add the coconut and stir.

Fill the loaf pan with the batter and bake for 45-55 minutes or until it is golden brown on top and tests clean with a toothpick placed in the center of the loaf.

22 thoughts on “Put the Lime in the Coconut…Banana Bread

  1. Oh, YUM! I’m SO taking this to the beach with me when I go. It’s the perfect little something different for a springy breakfast.

  2. This looks delicious! I have been saving some bananas to bake some oatmeal cups, scrapping that idea! Put the lime in the coconut…!

  3. I saw the lime and coconut and wondered how they’d get along with the bananas, Geni. I couldn’t quite wrap my palate around the combo. And then I came upon the dark rum. Ah, rum. The great equalizer. Of course the lime, coconut, and bananas would go well together if there’s a bit of rum to smooth out their differences. This must have been one tasty bread, I’ll bet.

  4. Oh I know the days you are talking about! Been having quite a few of these myself lately and though I don’t drink I think this banana bread will still be amazing without the rum
    p.s. I totally agree on the fact that sanity is greatly over rated. Been managing just fine without it for years 🙂

  5. Um, this sounds like exactly what I need. For real.

  6. I think I like the original version of the song better but the bread looks fantastic!

  7. Can only imagine this bread freshly baked, the aroma must be fantastic.

  8. The toasted coconut on top would be all the coaxing I would need to try a slice with my cup of coffee in the morning.

  9. I love the twist of this banana bread with coconut and lime. Great with tea or coffee, for breakfast or afternoon snack!

  10. Your sweet bread sounds delicious…I’m going to be singing that song all day.

  11. Haha we used to sing that song/rhyme or whatever it was 😛
    Time to relive the old ways with your gorgeous looking bread!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Hello Geni! Drinking a Mai Tai at 0800 is completely acceptable, after all it would be evening time here in Hong Kong. However I would much rather eat a slice of this tropical moist bread. Geni I have been reading your site and sometimes I cannot leave comments , been having some IT issues but I am following along and I hope you finally get this comment. Can you let me know… Take care, BAM

  13. I just want to dive into that loaf! And the fact that it has rum in it just makes me want it more! (am I bad?) I should think this would make anyone’s week a whole lot better. : )

  14. I LOVE spiking banana bread with alcohol! I’ve done rum and amaretto before…it’s the best!! And the lime coconut combo is one of my favorites. Heavenly.

  15. Anything spiked with rum it for me! 🙂 Sounds great Geni and love the muppet video.

  16. This bread looks fantastic, Geni! Coconut and lime banana bread? I LOVE that.

  17. I am always searching for new ways to use up my “ripe” bananas. Coconut and lime is a fantastic combination of flavors! I very much enjoyed the post with the adorable video Geni!

  18. Oh man, this sounds so good. The lime and coconut were enough to make it amazing, but with rum too . . . I’m always looking for an excuse to include booze in my breakfast. 🙂

  19. oh i know those days! I have them almost everyday! LOL! Love this bread. It looks insanely amazing and the addition of the lime in that quantity makes it stand out above the rest

  20. Great recipe. Great Kermit clip. “She put the rum in the nana bread, the rum in the nana bread….”

  21. I am not a huge bread person, but you may make me a believer LOL. This looks like a great recipe. But then again, I always love your recipes 🙂

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