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Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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!

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

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 mini loaves 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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!


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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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