Coconut Bread – Super Easy and tasty bread loaded with coconut goodness from coconut milk, shredded coconut, and coconut extract then topped with lime glaze for added citrusy sweetness. Perfect for breakfast or for afternoon snack time! No mixer required!
I’ve been meaning to share this super easy and tasty baked treat for years, but it always ends up in the back burner, but not today.
This coconut bread here is one of our family’s favorite and one of those I could make with eyes closed. No kidding! It doesn’t need any mixer and it’s pretty straight forward. You just have to combine the wet and dry ingredients, throw in the toasted shredded coconut, pour the batter in the loaf pan and pop them in the oven.
Waiting would be the hardest part of this recipe, that I can assure you, especially when you already smell the sweet coconutty aroma of this bread wafting in the air.
Oh please! Now I’m drooling while writing this post. Geez!
What are the benefits of coconut?
Tropical gals like me are a huuuge fan of coconut! We love to incorporate anything coconut into what we eat like this Coconut Rice (which goes well with stews, by the way), Coconut Cake (mmm, one of my all-time fave), Coconut Jollof Rice (yep, this Jollof Rice 3.0)and Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk.
Were you just hungry reading those?
But did you know that coconut is considered “super fruit”? It can be consumed in various ways – coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flour and more. Coconut is rich in vitamins, minerals, and calories. It also helps improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium.
That should convince you to add coconut more often to your diet.
Can you bake with coconut flour?
While this coconut bread recipe here is loaded with coconut goodness from the coconut milk, coconut extract, and shredded coconut, however, it doesn’t have the presence of coconut flour. I used all-purpose flour instead of this recipe.
But can you bake with coconut flour?
Well, coconut flour is a tricky ingredient to bake with, especially when substituting in a recipe. It is made from the flesh of mature coconuts. Check how I made my own coconut flour at home. Since there is no milk and most of its oil has been removed, coconut flour doesn’t have a strong flavor contrary to what others would say.
The very thing you need to know, though, is that coconut flour is high in fiber and requires a lot of liquid to use. Yes, you can bake using coconut flour, however, coconut flour should only replace 20% of the total flour in a recipe and the liquid should be increased as well by 20%. You can read here more tips on how to use coconut flour in baking in here.
But if you decide to follow this coconut bread recipe to a “T”, I can guarantee you that you’ll be making this again and again for breakfast, snacks and even for entertaining. This is one of those baked treats that you can whip up easily when a guest is coming over on short notice. So easy without compromising the taste! A great addition to your weekend baking list!
How to Make Coconut Bread
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray and set aside. Bake coconut flakes in the oven on 300 F degrees for about 10 minutes until some parts turn brown. Be careful when browning coconut; they brown fairly quickly. Let it cool. This can be done a day ahead.
In a Large bowl whisk together eggs, coconut milk, lime juice , melted butter , vanilla extract. While in a small bowl, whisk together, flour, baking powder, salt, butter sugar and grated lime zest.
Add wet ingredients to the whisked flour mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
Stir in shredded coconut, scrape down sides.
Pour batter into loaf pan, place on middle rack and bake for 50 -60 minutes. Remove and let it cool completely before using glaze. (See the recipe box for the glaze instructions)
Watch How To Make It
- 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice and zest
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract or vanilla extract
- 4 ounce unsalted butter , melted
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Glaze
- 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon water or more for desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
- Bake coconut flakes in the oven on 300 F degrees for about 10 minutes until some parts turn brown. Be careful when browning coconut; they brown fairly quickly. Let it cool. This can be done a day ahead.
- In a Large bowl whisk together eggs, coconut milk, lime juice , vanilla or coconut extract and melted butter
- While in a small bowl, whisk together, flour, baking powder, salt, butter sugar and grated lime zest.
- Add wet ingredients to the whisked flour mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
- Stir in shredded coconut, scrape down sides.
- Pour batter into loaf pan, place on middle rack and bake for 50 -60 minutes.
- Remove and let it cool completely before using glaze.
- In a small pan, combine confectioners sugar and lemon juice; adjust with a teaspoon or more water as need to achieve desired consistency. Gently whisk until mixture is smooth, you may use a fork for this too!
- Adjust consistency of glaze as desired . It should be pourable and thick.
- Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drizzle down the sides.
Tips & Notes:
- You may replace all-purpose flour with coconut flour, HOWEVER, you can only substitute 1/4 cup coconut flour and increase the number of eggs. It is BEST to use tried and true coconut recipes when baking so as not to waste a considerable amount ingredients while experimenting.
- If you wish to use coconut flour, you can buy coconut flour in health food stores or search for organic coconut flour online and buy in bulk as they are quite expensive.
- You may replace coconut extract with vanilla extract.
- Watch the coconut flakes while you brown them as they burn quickly. You can do this part ahead of time.
- Make sure the bread has already cooled down before glazing and storing them.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.