Coconut Pineapple Vegan Banana Bread


Tonight is my sister-in-law's bachelorette party.  A few of us girls are spending the night in a hotel, after taking part in various other activities.  I volunteered to bring something for us to nibble on in the morning when we wake up.  Since this is a party honoring the bride-to-be, and she is a vegetarian/vegan, I thought I would make something that would accommodate her eating habits.  When I found this recipe on Joy the Baker, I knew it was the one I was going to make.

2 large or 3 small Bananas, very ripe
1/4 cup Crushed Pineapple, drained
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Sugar
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Generous pinch of Ground Ginger
Pinch of Allspice
1/2 cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well.  Add the sugar, pineapple, and oil and whisk to incorporate.  Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, mix until the ingredients are just combined.  Fold in the coconut.  Transfer the batter into a lightly greased 9x5 loaf pan and sprinkle with extra sugar if you would like.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is browned and a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes before transferring out of the pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely.