Jamaican Banana Bread

Jamaican Banana Bread Recipe
Photo: Howard L. Puckett
Nuts, coconut, lime, and rum give this quick bread a tropical and indulgent feel. It’s an unforgettable recipe with the tangy lime glaze balancing the sweet bread. Give it a try. Don’t let the long ingredient list fool you; many are repeated ingredients that are mixed in the bread and then used to top the bread with a glaze that puts drizzled powdered sugar and milk to shame.

Yield:

16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 43 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 195
Fat 5.3 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 1.7 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 33.6 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 155 mg
Calcium 57 mg

Ingredients

Cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup fat-free milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or 1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons dark rum or 1/8 teaspoon imitation rum extract
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Coat an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.

2. Place 2 tablespoons softened butter and cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg; beat well.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces flour (about 2 cups) into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (through vanilla); stir well. Add flour mixture and banana mixture alternately to butter mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup coconut.

3. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake at 375° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Let cool slightly on a wire rack.

4. Combine brown sugar and 2 teaspoons each butter, lime juice, and rum in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 1 minute; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons each pecans and coconut; spoon over loaf.

Note:

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

March 1997
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