Banana bread is always good, not only because it tastes delicious but also because it’s a nice way of using up those over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl you forget to eat. But this recipe takes banana bread and then elevates it to the next level by including Jamaican ingredients such as coconut and rum. It’s a rich tasting treat which is sure to disappear quickly because it’s so delicious.
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The kitchen is going to smell amazing while this Jamaican banana bread is in the oven. The hardest thing about this recipe is waiting for it to finish cooking so you can treat yourself to a slice.
The recipe has a splash of dark rum in there but if you don’t want to use alcohol you can use apple juice in its place, perhaps adding a couple of drops of rum flavored extract too.
Why You’ll Love the Recipe:
This tasty Jamaican banana bread makes a wonderful snack, dessert or part of a brunch spread. It’s rich-tasting and delicious, and a great way to use up bananas past their prime.
How to Serve It:
Serve the banana bread sliced, paired with a coffee or beverage of choice.
- Large eggs
- All-purpose flour
- Bananas mashed
- Baking soda
- Plain yogurt
- Apple cider
- Vanilla extract
- Butter softened
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Fresh lime juice
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Powdered sugar
Step 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan well.
Step 2. Cream together the sugar and butter until creamy and light.
Step 3. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
Step 4. Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda, banana, apple cider, yogurt and vanilla.
Step 5. Fold in the ½ cup of coconut flakes until well combined.
Step 6. Spread the mixture into the loaf pan, and sprinkle with the Tbsp of coconut flakes.
Step 7. Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked through completely.
Step 8. Blend together the lime juice and powdered sugar.
Step 9. Spread the glaze over the warm bread, and allow to set before serving.
Banana bread always makes a comforting treat but this Jamaican take on banana bread elevates the dish to a brand new level. Flavored with rum and coconut, this Jamaican banana bread recipe is seriously delicious.
Jamaican Banana Bread Recipe
- 2 Large eggs
- 2 C. All purpose flour
- 1 ½ C. Bananas mashed
- ¾ tsp. Baking soda
- ¼ C. Plain yogurt
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 3 Tbsp. Apple cider
- 1 C. Sugar
- ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
- ¼ C. Butter softened
- 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
- ½ C. Unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ C. Powdered sugar
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan well.
- Cream together the sugar and butter until creamy and light.
- Mix in the eggs one at a time.
- Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda, banana, apple cider, yogurt and vanilla.
- Fold in the ½ cup of coconut flakes until well combined.
- Spread the mixture into the loaf pan, and sprinkle with the Tbsp of coconut flakes.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked through completely.
- Blend together the lime juice and powdered sugar.
- Spread the glaze over the warm bread, and allow to set before serving.
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Keep the Jamaican banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature and eat it within a few days.
Variations and Substitutions
You can use lemon instead of lime juice, or use apple juice in place of the rum. Plain yogurt works fine in the recipe, or you can use pineapple flavor if you can find it.
What type of flour is used in Jamaican Banana Bread?
You’ll need to use all-purpose flour to get the right texture of the bread. You might be able to swap the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour blend, but we haven’t tested it to tell you for sure.
What kind of sugar is used in Jamaican Banana Bread?
White sugar is what you will need for this Jamaican banana bread. Then you’ll need a little bit of powdered sugar for the glaze that goes on top after it’s baked.
How long does Jamaican Banana Bread take to bake?
This Jamaican banana bread recipe takes about 1 hour to bake. Check it after about 50-55 minutes to see if it’s done. Once done, pull it out of the oven and let it cool after glazing.
What temperature should Jamaican Banana Bread be cooked at?
350 degrees F.
What other ingredients are used in Jamaican Banana Bread?
- Baking Soda
- Plain yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lime Juice
What type of pan is best for baking Jamaican Banana Bread?
We recommend using a loaf pan. You could also use a bundt pan if you’d rather. And another option would be to turn this recipe into muffins and use a muffin tin.
Overall, the batter works well in various types of pans, so try it in different ways to see what works best for you.
Is there a vegan option for Jamaican Banana Bread?
Yes, swap the eggs for ½ cup of mashed bananas (extra), ½ cup of applesauce, or flax eggs.
For the butter, swap regular butter for your favorite vegan butter.
What is the traditional topping for Jamaican Banana Bread?
A homemade powdered sugar glaze is what is normally used as a topping. You could also top it with a store-bought glaze too.
Can Jamaican Banana Bread be frozen?
Yes! Wrap up the loaf in plastic wrap tightly. Then place it in a freezer bag or another freezer food container. It will last in the freezer for 3–4 months. Thaw before serving.
What are the best bananas to use for Jamaican Banana Bread?
You should use overly ripe bananas. They will mash easier and have much more sweetness than bananas that aren’t very ripe. Plus, there will be fewer lumps as you mash the bananas.
Does Jamaican Banana Bread need to rise?
No, it’s considered a quick bread because there is no need to let it rise. It will rise as it bakes but not as much as typical yeast bread.
Are there any special tips for baking Jamaican Banana Bread?
- Don’t mix the batter too much. Overmixing will affect the density of the bread.
- Be sure not to overbake the Jamaican banana bread. It will be dry and not as flavorful if overcooked.
- Add in extra fruit or nuts as desired to change the flavors. Cranberries, raisins, and berries are great options.
How should Jamaican Banana Bread be stored?
Store the cooled bread in a sealed container that is airtight. It will last for several days at room temperature. You can also freeze it if you aren’t going to eat it right away.
What is the best way to serve Jamaican Banana Bread?
Serve with some butter, honey, or maple syrup. Add your favorite toppings and devour!
It goes well as a brunch item, breakfast, or snack idea. Serve with coffee or other hot beverages.
How can I make Jamaican Banana Bread extra moist?
Use really ripe bananas. They not only aid in the sweetness of the bread, they also make the bread really moist as well.