Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cherry Banana Coconut Loaf #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber

I'm not sure why I made this recipe. It's delicious, so I'm glad I did, but I'm not sure what prompted me to put all these things together. I think it started when I realized I had flaked coconut in the cupboard and some ripe bananas on the counter. Those two together made sense: coconut banana bread. But then I opened the refrigerator door and saw maraschino cherries, the kind you use for sundaes and Shirley Temple drinks, and I thought, "Hm, fun. Sort of fruit cake but not."

So using my banana bread recipe, I started switching things up. Of course, I made this version gluten-free so I could taste it, but I'm sure it would work out quite well using regular flour. [See my note below*]

What was the most fun was making a mock trifle the next day. Why did I do that? Because I saw whipped cream in the refrigerator! And my sweet tooth kicked into high gear.  Note to self: stop opening the refrigerator door!!  LOL

So enjoy my experiment. It is so easy!


1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ cup flaked coconut
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 maraschino cherries, chopped
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)

1 teaspoon almond extract


Mix together flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cherries.

In a large mixing bowl, whip eggs. Add sugar and melted butter. Beat well. Stir in mashed bananas and the almond extract.

Add the gluten-free flour mixture and stir.

Pour into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Let stand for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan.

If desired, serve with a vanilla frosting. Yum!

* If you don't need to eat gluten-free, substitute the GF flour with regular flour and omit the xanthin gum.


Bake as above and then...

Cut a few slices into bite-sized pieces.

Layer with whipped cream in a pretty serving dish.

 Top with a cherry and serve!

Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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