Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
60 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is moist and fully loaded with lots of goodies. It’s made with white whole wheat flour for the ultimate healthy banana bread!

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a cooling rack

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ok, today I have ALOT of things on my mind. So I’m just gonna spill and see what you think and then finish it off with a tasty recipe. Sound good?

Yesterday at church was really striking and convicting to me.

The message started off with a video. The video was of an guy who use to draw sketches of the “bad guys” for the FBI, but in this video he wasn’t drawing sketches for the FBI, it was something different.

The FBI sketch artist was sitting behind a big curtain with an easel in front of him that had a huge sheet of paper on it. On the other side of the curtain was a couch that had a person sitting on it. The FBI artist had never seen the person on the other side of the curtain. He was asking questions of the person to describe how they looked.

Three loaves of Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a cooling rack

What does your chin look like? How about your eyes? How long is your hair? Do you consider yourself to be a happy person?

After each question he would draw what they described and ended up with a completed portrait of what that person “looked like.” After he finished he then had a different person come in and sit down to do the same thing. Except this person was describing the person who had just gone.

What did their eyes look like? Was their face thin or chubbier? Did they look happy? What about their lips?

Again, after each question he would draw what they described and ended up with a completed portrait. He then brought the original person back in and showed them the drawings. On the left was the first drawing he did {so what they described of themselves} and the drawing on the right was the drawing that the second person described.

Top view of Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a cooling rack

The person was amazed at the difference. The first drawing looked like a person who was chubbier, closed off, unhappy, and not well put together. The second was of a person who looked happy, thinner, and beaming with life. The interesting thing is that the second picture looked much more like what the person actually looked like than the first.

Most people don’t think the world of themselves, they usually think the opposite {aka… the worst}? When you describe yourself how would you look? How would others describe you? What about your personality? How do you view yourself? Now, what would others say of you?

Why is it that the one person {YOU} who should know the facts of what you look like and who you really are is so way off? Why do we choose to believe the worst about ourselves instead of the best?

If our view of ourselves is so off, how do you think we view the world we live in, what about our families, our kids, our spouse, or God?

My heart at the end of the message yesterday was this… Lord, help me to see myself the way you see me.

Top view of three loaves of Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a cooling rack

Ok, so that was just a little of where my heart and mind are at today. Here is where my stomach is at.

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!!! One word… phenomenal!

This bread came about because I had 6 bananas that were about to go bad on my counter and I needed a way to use them up. I didn’t want to make just plain old banana bread so I decided to amp it up with some chocolate chips {because that makes everything better}, chopped pecans, and then coconut oil & unsweetened coconut flakes.

Can I just tell you this might be my new favorite bread! Ok, I will. It is my new favorite. It is moist, has some texture to it, has that same yummy banana bread bit that everyone loves, and then of course the chocolate chips.

Because I had so many bananas I ended up doubling the recipe below and made mini loaves so I could hand out the goodies to our neighbors and Mike’s co-workers. {yeah… I know bet you wish you were my neighbor :)} But believe me, we still kept plenty at our house to devour too! I hope you enjoy it!

Collage of loaves of Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a cooling rack

A Loaf of Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a Cooling Rack

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 60 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • yield Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 mini loaves 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is moist and fully loaded with lots of goodies. It’s made with white whole wheat flour for the ultimate healthy banana bread!



  • 2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease on 9×5 loaf pan or two mini loaf pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine white whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar. Whisk together until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, add coconut oil and egg. Mix until well combined.
  5. Next add vanilla extract and mashed bananas to the coconut oil mixture. Whisk until combined.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture to the banana mixture, stirring until combined.
  7. With a spoon, add in coconut flakes, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips.
  8. Add batter to prepared loaf pan(s).
  9. Bake the large loaf pan for 45-60 minutes or the mini loaf pans for 35 -40 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, let cool and serve!

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34 Responses
  1. Kelly

    What a beautiful post Krista, love the powerful message behind the video. A great reminder that we need to love who we are.
    Love this coconut banana bread too! It looks fantastic! A great reminder that I have bananas that have seen better days and need to be made into this delicious banana bread 🙂 Pinning!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Kelly, I think it is something that we need to constantly be reminded of.

      Hope you get a chance to try this bnana bread, thanks for the pin girl!

  2. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Krista, I’ve actually seen this video once before and it hit me like a ton of bricks, because I would have totally described myself in the same way to the artist as those people did. It’s a very powerful message and I think it’s wonderful that you shared it here, and how we should all try to see ourselves as God sees us. And, apparently, how most others see us, too. 🙂 Hope you’re able to relax a bit today, I know that same feeing of having so much on your mind. But I would guess a slice of this delicious bread could definitely help! It looks amazing. 🙂

    1. Krista

      Oh… so glad that you liked it Belle. It definitely has a powerful message and hit me like a ton of bricks too! 🙂

      I would slice off a piece of bread and relax… but I ate it all 🙁

  3. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Krista this was such a beautiful post and really made me stop and think. Thank you for sharing and for sharing this delicious banana bread! I LOVE the coconut, pecans, and chocolate added in, what a delicious treat!

  4. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    What a beautiful message – love the video and how it depicted how hard we are on ourselves as opposed to what others view us as – thanks so much for sharing it.
    And this wonderful coconut-pecan-chocolate-banana bread – you bet I wish I was your neighbor – but for now, I will just say I am glad to have stumbled by your blog!

    1. Krista

      haha… so glad you liked the recipe and stumbled upon me to girl! Found some food for thought and food for the tummy here today. 🙂

  5. Mike@TheIronYou

    I so want to watch that video. Is it on YouTube or Vimeo? I’m intrigued.
    Btw fantastic banana bread K; you can never go wrong with pecans and chocolate. 🙂

    1. Krista

      Yeah, if you go to youtube just type in FBI Sketch Artist and it should be the first one that pops about… I think it says dove or something similar. 🙂 Its awesome!

      You can never go wrong with chocolate or pecans is right… they just make life so much happier especially when put together. 🙂

  6. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    Beautifully written post, Krista! (Beautiful banana bread too!) I have seen that video or something like it before. The one I saw was made by Dove, and I thought it was so interesting! Thanks for reminding me about it because it does give me a lot to think about!

    1. Krista

      Yeah, it was by dove. I didn’t realize that until I searched for it today… so good! 🙂 Definitely a good thing to think about!

  7. Rachel @ Bakerita

    My oh my, I’m LOVING everything about this!! So many of my favorite flavors and ingredients in one place, and who doesn’t love another banana bread recipe?! Pinned 🙂

    1. Krista

      Thanks so much Rachel, banana bread of any kind is good for the soul and stomach. 🙂 thanks for the pin sweet lady!

  8. Zainab

    Krista, please share the video when you can. Really powerful and a message that needs to be passed on. Thank you for sharing!!! And for this coconut banana bread too 🙂

  9. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Great post and love how that video is so telling of how people see themselves. It really shows that we need to love who we are 😀
    That banana bread looks delicious! I love the flavor combination

    1. Krista

      Yes and not believe the lies that the rest of the world is telling us… get skinner… your not good enough and all that kind of stuff!

      So glad you enjoyed the banana bread too girl! 🙂

  10. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    LOVE that video you watched! I found myself nodding my head at this. I would definitely be the one to tear myself down and describe myself like the first guy did. I need to be better about that and know that I am worth more! I sometimes sell myself short, as I think many do. This is such a great reminder, Krista. Thank you! And thank you for giving me such a flippin yummy recipe to drool over! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Jen! You are absolutely incredible! Gorgeous, intelligent, a great mommy, and successful!!! Its so ridiculous that we do this to ourselves… because I’m telling myself the same thing I’m telling you!

      Glad I gave you some food for thought and for the tummy.. hehe.. thanks for the pin girl!

  11. monea

    hey, i love how good this recipe sound, I will definitely have to try it for myself soon, looks very tasty. Also if you looking for more healthy meal ideas and recipes check this link out:

  12. tanya

    Sounds like an exceptional church service! It is funny that we tend to see ourselves as less than we really are, especially women. I think we’ve become so trained to look for our flaws. But God loves us for who we really are, his beautiful children. That’s what we should we remember. Great post Krista!

    1. Krista

      Soooo right! I think women are the worst offenders to this, we just bash ourselves and compare instead of seeing the beauty that God sees. 🙂 SO glad you liked this post girl! 🙂

  13. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    What an awesome combo Krista! Love all those flavors together. A friend just made carmelized pecans over the weekend for strawberry salad. I think I’m in love with a new nut.
    Have a marvelous week!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Melanie!!! Oh… caramelized pecans sounds awesome with a strawberry salad! 🙂 Thanks for the pin sweet friend.

  14. Kristina @ Love & Zest

    Gosh that video sounds so cool! I’ll have to try to find it on youtube… I love that prayer!! By saturating ourselves with the truth and turning our negative self talk over to God, I trust that we will see ourselves more clearly each day….

    1. Krista

      It really was. I tried searching for it and they haven’t put it on the web yet, our church puts together alot of videos. If I find it I will send it to you for sure girl. 🙂 You definitely hit the nail on the head with this, the more we saturate ourselves in God’s love and truth the more we see who we really are in God’s eyes! 🙂

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