Bread, Cakes, fruit, Recipes

Banana, Blueberries and Coconut Cake

With abundance of fresh berries, I find myself buying more than needed, and, as they don’t keep well, I try to find ways to use them in baking. I often also have some overripe bananas around, so I’ve decided to combine both in the form of a tasty cake.Coconut, another favorite ingredient of mine, found its way to the cake in four forms: coconut sugar, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and coconut flakes on top, each contributing another layer of flavor and texture.
The cake came out wonderfully aromatic and moist, with caramel tones, due to the use of coconut sugar, and with bursts of blueberries in every bite. The cake is mildly sweet and perfect for breakfast or brunch, or, of course, at any other time of the day you feel like having a tasty snack. Try it and enjoy.

Notes:
* Dark brown sugar can be used instead of the coconut sugar.
* To prevent the blueberries sink to the bottom, it’s important not to skip mixing them with cornstarch, and bake the cake on fairly low temperature. Make sure not to skip these steps.

Makes: 1 X 10” (25cm) loaf pan
Prep time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 Tbs cornstarch
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from 3 medium)
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup coconut oil, soft
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup coconut sugar (see notes)
2 L eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
Dash salt
¼ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
¼ cup coconut flakes

1. Preheat the oven to 330F (165C). Oil and lightly flour a 10” (25cm) loaf pan, and keep in the fridge until using. Mix the blueberries with the cornstarch in a small bowl, and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, sour cream, coconut oil, applesauce, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla.
3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix briefly to a smooth batter. Add the desiccated coconut and blueberries. Mix lightly with a spatula and pour into the prepared pan. Top with the coconut flakes.

4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the cake is golden, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out almost dry. Keep in the pan, on a rack, for 10 minutes, before releasing from the pan. Cool to room temperature before slicing.

36 thoughts on “Banana, Blueberries and Coconut Cake”

  1. I always enjoy a good loaf cake full of fruit. I’m sure the coconut would some additional flavor to the banana blueberry bread I make. I too buy too much fruit too and look for ways to use what I don’t eat fresh. I use flour to coat the blueberries for better distribution – is cornstarch better or about the same?

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    1. Thank you Judi, I’m glad I’m not the only one with this habit of buying too much fruit! 🙂 Coconut worked so well here.
      I’ve also used flour to coat berries, but noticed it sometimes leaves a raw flour spot around them. I guess I could avoid it by placing them in a strainer, to get rid of the extra flour, but instead, I began using cornstarch, as I find it blends better in the batter.

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  2. That cake looks so scrumptious Ronit! I like the flavor combination of coconut, banana and blueberries. Love the coconut flakes for crunch on top too.

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  3. Sounds like a great idea to use up all bits and pieces 🙂 I always look for a new ways to ‘update’ the usual banana bread, so this is perfect. Thank you!

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