Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Banana, Blueberry, Coconut and Toasted Walnut Bread

Banana, Blueberry, Coconut and Toasted Walnut Bread


1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 large very ripe bananas
5 tbsp + 1 tsp vanilla yogurt (I used non fat)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup blueberries (divided)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer. Add the egg mixing thoroughly. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and the baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with the yogurt - make sure to start with flour and end with flour.

Place the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat and cook for a 3-4 minutes, tossing frequently. Set aside and cool. Mash the bananas very well with a fork. Gently add the smashed bananas, vanilla, toasted nuts and coconut into the batter then carefully stir until combined. Fold in blueberries, reserving a few for the top of the loaf. Pour the batter into the bread pan then sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until tester comes out of the center of loaf clean. Let cool in the loaf pan for a few minutes before transferring to a rack. Let it cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with butter. Enjoy.
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