A neighbor treated me with a piece of this Jamaican Banana Bread. I share the recipe with you!

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A few interesting ingredients take this Jamaican Banana Bread to a tropical place from which you will not want to return. Banana bread with an island twist.

A neighbor treated me with a piece of this Jamaican Banana Bread. I share the recipe with you!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (or pina colada flavored!!)
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum OR apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
  • Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, rum, and vanilla; beat until blended.
  • Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut.
  • Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.
  • Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk; drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutrition Information

Yield 6
Serving Size 1 slice

Amount Per Serving

Calories 526
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Unsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 83mg
Sodium 451mg
Carbohydrates 95g Fiber 3g
Sugar 56g
Protein 8g

A neighbor treated me with a piece of this Jamaican Banana Bread. I share the recipe with you!

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  1. Sue

    Delicious! My first time using this recipe and will definitely do it again. I followed directions and measurements, changing nothing and it was perfect. Next time I will probably add nuts only because my husband asked for them. Recipe doesn’t need them in my opinion.

  2. Rebecca

    This was excellent! I would definitely make again!
    I used Grand Mariner instead of rum, I also used a tablespoon in the frosting, along with orange juice!
    I used 1 cup finely ground almonds in place of one cup of flour!…..it worked really well with this recipe!
    Will definitely pass this recipe on and will use again!

  3. Kim E

    Made this exactly as written. I will never make “regular” banana bread again! This recipe is the bomb!!!

  4. Eileen

    I was tired if plain old banana bread. I tried this recipe and it was excellent. I added tart cherries for extra flavor. Yum!

  5. Susan

    Yum! A wonderful recipe that changes up regular banana bread! I added toasted pecans in my trial batch and didn’t regret. This recipe would be great for a tropical brunch! Thanks for sharing!