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Toasted Coconut Bread

I discovered this Coconut Bread recipe by Bill Granger recently via Tara from Vegetaraian. I loved this twist on the normal banana bread I love so dearly but felt Bill’s recipe was a bit dry and the coconut flavour not strong enough for my coconut-loving taste buds.

I made a few tweaks to his recipe – I swapped the milk for coconut milk and toasted the coconut to maximise the coconut taste, and increased the butter as I felt his was too dry. With these improvements it produced a lovely and moist toasted coconut bread which is amazing warmed up and slathered with butter. The perfect breakfast/afternoon tea/treat!

Toasted Coconut Bread

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Swah


  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • cups plain flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 150 g shredded and toasted coconut
  • 100 g butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 21 x 10 cm loaf tin with butter.
  • Spread coconut out on a lined baking tray in an even layer. Toast in oven for 3-4 minutes until golden brown (watch like a hawk as it can burn easily!) Allow coconut to cool.
  • Lightly whisk eggs, coconut milk and vanilla together.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Add sugar and toasted coconut and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre and gradually stir in the egg mixture until just combined.
  • Add melted butter and stir until the mixture is just smooth, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour into your greased loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave in tin to cool for 5 minutes, and remove to cool further on a wire rack.
  • Slice with a serrated knife and serve in thick slices with butter.

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  • Reply vegeTARAian August 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Oh you took a photo this time, hurrah! It looks delicious!!

    • Reply Swah August 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Haha I have made this 3 times and finally photographed it!! It’s so hard when it comes out of the oven, I want to devour it instantly :)

  • Reply SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) August 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! I’ve been making Bill’s version for a few years, but I’ve had the same issues you’ve had. I LOVE the idea of swapping in coconut milk. I’ll be trying this again soon!

    • Reply Swah August 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Give it a try and let me know Sarah Kate!

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