Aloha Banana Bread

We are loving trying my Grandmother’s recipes; Caramel Rolls and Dutch Butter Cookies. Sometimes, very occasionally we have bananas that are becoming over ripe. Grandma’s Aloha Bread is a twist on the regular banana bread because it incorporates coconut and orange rind.
The first step is to zest an orange. Little Chef A is very proficient using the microplane.

Next she mashed up 3 bananas. This was her first time so I had to assure her it was just fine to completely smash them.

First she creamed the butter and sugar. We cheated and added to it the milk, vanilla and almond extract. Then came the dry ingredients and coconut and nuts. We were lazy and didn’t want to do more dishes.

The batter was then put in a greased bread pan. We were so excited when the timer finally went off because we were smelling something wonderful for so long. This bread did not disappoint. We absolutely loved it. Thanks Grandma for another great recipe!


Aloha Banana Bread
Five Little Chefs Great Grandma

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 eggs
2-3 mashed bananas
1 Tablespoon orange rind
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, bananas and orange rind. Combine milk, vanilla and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients and milk alternately. Stir in coconut and nuts. Pour into 9×3 loaf pan greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes after taking out of oven.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

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