Coconut, coconut, coconut, coconut & banana cake

Vegie Smugglers banana and coconut cake

And sprinkle a bit of coconut on top, too.

Ain’t life grand when you discover that all of life’s woes can be solved by one little ingredient. No more will I battle with dementia, mouth sores, irregular periods, bloating, stubbed toes or mismatched socks, because I have discovered COCONUT.

Only a blind sheep could have possible missed the whole coconut-thing. Actually, not even a blind sheep, since every sheeple I know (including me) is well and truly caught up in the craze and is trading all their coin for a trolley full of 44-gallon drums of the stuff. But is it worth it? And is it actually healthy? Rather than paraphrasing the entire internet, if you’re interested to know more, then go and read this, or this, or this, or this. They are all good articles that seem pretty balanced.

If you can’t be bothered clicking around then here’s my summary…. coconut oil should be bought ‘virgin’. It’s expensive and full of saturated fat. But it’s thought some of this fat is beneficial. But the science isn’t conclusive and keep in mind that nutrition information is currently changing more often than Kimye’s outfits.

Seems like it’s a great ingredient to have in your cupboard, but one to use in moderation (I know, back to that ol’ boring mantra). For lactose-intolerant me, it makes a great butter substitute in baking and treats, when I’m after a coconut flavour. It works well with some Asian stir-fry dishes, but generally I’m happier with olive oil.

This recipe though, is a complete homage to coconut. It uses coconut oil in just the way I like it – dairy-free cake that last well for several days and can also be sliced and frozen, ready for lunchboxes. Even better, the evocative coconut taste is so divine that it inspires me to don my grass skirt and coconut-bra, and hula the day-away.

Coconut & banana cake

So there’s not much that’s healthful in this cake (it IS cake), but it is a fantastic way to use coconut and all of your overripe bananas (and it’s dairy-free)

2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup sugar (I’ll leave it up to you – raw sugar will give you an amazingly white cake, coconut sugar gives is a more molassas-y flavour)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
165ml can coconut milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
3 overripe bananas, peeled, mashed
Sprinkle of shredded coconut.

Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a 14x20cm loaf tin with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, coconut and sugar.

Combine the melted oil and vanilla extract. Stir in the coconut milk and also your egg (add the egg last so that the warm oil doesn’t start to cook it). Pour this wet mix into the dry one. Combine well then also mix through the banana (this mix is more a dough than a batter).

Plop the dough into your tin. Push it out to fill the corners and even the surface. Sprinkle over the shredded coconut.

Bake for a total of 55-60 minutes. Cover with foil around the 40 minutes mark to avoid burning.


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Anne At Home said,

    Yum, will be trying this one. Have you discovered CoYo yet (dairy free “yoghurt” made from coconut milk)? It is to die for.

  2. 3

    Yum, looks so perfect. I love anything coconut and believe the craze is just people waking up to the obvious goodness I’ve always loved lol

  3. 4

    megs said,

    I’m a totally believer in coconut oil and all its benefits. Craze or not, we are beginning to realise that saturated fat has been unfairly demonised by our authorities for the last 50 years. Fats from coconut, meat, dairy, eggs are all made by nature and so nutritious for us (why would nature make an unhealthy fat? People make the unhealthy fats). There are plenty of studies out there but authorities don’t want to acknowledge them which would admit how wrong they were. The more saturated fat I eat the more I lose weight and the better I feel. I will be trying this recipe for sure! (Just sub-ing the flour for gluten free flour) 🙂

  4. 6

    samleader said,

    Apparently the hallmark of snake oil-type products is it’s purported to fix everything. Oxygen Therapy is something I have come across that’s cures the world. However I can report Coconut Oil (applied neat like a hand cream, once a day through winter) is the ONLY thing that has cured and kept at bay my persistent psoriasis that struck every winter. Oh and O2 therapy meant the radiotherapy burns typically endured by breast cancer patients were vastly minimised. So basically, bring on the snake oil, I say!

    • 7

      wendyblume said,

      I’m still loving your blog Sam, and so pleased to see that things are pottering along well. Just wish you’d post more often… but I guess your cancer experience wasn’t entirely for the benefit of entertaining me…..

  5. 8

    Kym said,

    Yep that’s coconut-y all right! Going to try this one for sure as I do love the flavour

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