Sweet thoughts

It's snowing.  Again. 

The smell of Martha's banana bread, straight from her New Classics cookbook, makes being stuck in the house under even more snow almost worth it. 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups ripe mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup (about 4 ounces) walnuts or pecans, toasted and finely chopped
½ cup buttermilk
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat two 9-by-5 loaf pans with cooking spray, set aside. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil on medium-low speed until combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Add the vanilla, banana, coconut, nuts, and buttermilk, and beat just to combine.

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smooth with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and let cool completely. Bread can be kept at room temperature, wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months.


  1. Your banana bread looks delicious.
    Sorry it is still snowing.
    It was beautiful for a day or so, but back to chilly weather even down here.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  2. That looks delicious. I like that it has coconut in it, I bet that gives it a really great flavor.

  3. Don't give up hope!! The beautiful spring treasures waiting under this messy snow will be that much more gratifying!!

    I heard a rumor that next weekend we will see temps almost up to 50 degrees!!! WOOHOO!!!

    I'm hitting your town that weekend for the Chicago Flower and Garden show and...ikea!!!

  4. yum!! that bread looks so good. I am going to try the recipe soon. I have been craving banana bread so good timing on posting the recipe!

  5. YUM! I'm going to try a new banana bread recipe tomorrow. :) Yours looks great!

  6. Cheryl,

    Don't know what to do with myself today - now, I know - I'm gonna bake banana bread.

    Thank You


  7. Something weird about me.... I don't really like bananas but do like banana bread and banana milkshakes... weird, eh?

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  8. Mmmmm... that looks so Good! I think I'll make some this weekend.

  9. I love Martha's Cookbooks!! I put sour cream in my banana bread, your's looks yummy too! happy baking

  10. That looks delicious! I've never done banana bread with coconut in it - I'll have to try it. I just wanted to let you know I used your dishmat idea and blogged about it. Don't worry, I gave you credit for the idea :-)

  11. Mmm...that looks DELICIOUS. Making me hungry...^^

  12. I have so many black bananas I need to use this recipe. At Bungalow'56 we just buy them to watch them ripen. Its like a pastime.


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