Chocolate Coconut Bread

by Jen on August 10, 2012

I’m sure by now you all know what a huge fan of sweet bread I am.  It all started with my staple Moist Banana Bread.  Then it moved into an experimentation of many different ingredients with my Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread.  Delicious!  And of course, who could forget the amazing Chai Banana Bread.

But my quest for the best sweet bread didn’t stop there.  I was in the mood for something chocolaty.  Something moist.  Something that tasted like a dessert but actually had healthy ingredients.

After three different attempts to make the perfect bread, I may have just outdone myself…

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Oh.  My.  Gawd.

Seriously folks, every time I eat this bread, I feel guilty, like I shouldn’t be eating it.  This Chocolate Coconut Bread tastes like cake.  Moist, chocolaty, coconuty cake.  Oh yes indeed.

My husband was wondering what all the moaning was about one evening.  I was eating a piece of this bread, that’s what!

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I know what you’re thinking.  How can a slice of bread taste like chocolate cake without all the guilt?

  • I’ve used fruit as a natural sweetener instead of processed sugar
  • Greek yogurt has replaced most of the oil
  • unsweetened coconut adds extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals
  • a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder gives a wonderful chocolate flavor

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And in true Fit Housewife style, I like to smother my slice with some natural almond butter.  But seeing as this bread is just so delicious, it’s great just as is.  Please, do me a favor and make this bread.  And then leave a comment telling me how your significant other was wondering what all your moaning was about!

Chocolate Coconut Bread

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (I like the vanilla flavor)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional but highly recommended!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or mist with olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, applesauce, honey, yogurt, oil, and vanilla. Add the flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together until moistened. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips (if using).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
  4. Slice and serve!
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1 lindsay August 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Love chocolate and coconut together. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
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2 Jen August 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Yes, one of the best combinations! Enjoy :)

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3 Kate August 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

This looks awesome! I am totally putting this on my list of Must Make recipes. Thanks!
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4 Jen August 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

It’s so good, feels like I’m spoiling myself with a treat! Enjoy :)

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5 Olivia August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Woooow, this looks so good! I’m definitely bookmarking it!

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6 Jen August 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It’s my favorite treat at the moment! Enjoy :)

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7 Deb September 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

Is this recipe supposed to call for eggs?

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8 Jen September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

No, I don’t use eggs in a lot of my baking because I’m intolerant to eggs. I replace the eggs with applesauce. If you prefer eggs, replace the 1/2 cup of applesauce with 2 eggs :)

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