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Apricot Coconut Banana Bread

July 25, 2016

Apricot Coconut Banana Bread
Paula Nemzek for KCTS 9 Cooks

Basic banana bread gets a sweet makeover with the addition of dried apricots, coconut and walnuts. Delicious with sweet cream butter or cream cheese spread.


  • 3/4 cup mashed banana (about two ripe bananas)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, half-and-half or cream
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2    teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 21/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (1 6-ounce package) chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan, or use three miniature loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine the banana, sugar, cream, egg, butter, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, stirring until well combined.

Stir in flour, nuts, apricots, and coconut just until well-blended.

Pour batter into a prepared loaf pan, and bake for one hour, or about 45 minutes for miniature bread pans, until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

On a wire rack, cool bread in the pan, then turn out on the rack to cool completely.

Cook’s note: Add chocolate or butterscotch chips to make this even richer.



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would like to see this in a printer-friendly format.

This flavor combo sounds great! Wondering about all that granulated sugar though. The bananas, coconut, and apricots should make it sweet enough. Might even be able to get by with unsweetened coconut. I'll experiment and see what happens.

I enjoy your monthly recipes but I do not understand why you don't offer a print version? It would be so helpful.
Thank you

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So many of your recipes are fantastic and I've made many of them. However, it's quite time consuming to figure out the calorie count per serving, when this information is NEVER included. Please include this information for future recipes. Some of us really care about this information. Thank you! ~k.

This sounds like a great recipe. I never use the print option when there is one as not all print out the same, so I copy and paste to a word document. It takes a few moments, but worth it to me. Usually I can also copy the photo of the finished product. I am looking forward to trying this one! Thanks for all the recipes!!


This is a wonderfull recipe. It's easy and quick and doesn't use a lot of utensils (great for cooking in a small space).I had no apricots, so I substituted golden raisins and dried cranberries, and it was delicious!