{recipe} coconut banana bundt cake

I bake because I love it. Dare I say that I love baking slightly more than the finished product? I just love the process.

But I also bake when I’m stressed. I bake late at night when I should be resting, because it helps me shut down  my busy mind and just going thru the motions of measuring the flour, cracking the eggs, watching the stand mixer spin, smelling the vanilla extract….there’s something about working with my hands that feels like therapy.

So at the end of the workweek, on Friday night, I start browsing thru my saved recipes and deciding what I want to bake on the weekend. These days I have been baking a lot with bananas, my little guy is in the “I want to eat na-nas everyday”, so we have plenty of bananas around.

He can spot the banana from across the room and will call out na-nas while he is playing. It has also been hot during the day, so the bananas are turning yellow & spotty faster than we can eat them.

I baked this coconut banana bundt cake on a Friday night. I ate a slice right out of the oven with tea, then saved myself a slice for later and brought the rest to my sister’s house when they were baby sitting Baby H.

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I adapted from this recipe. I toasted the coconut flakes and used coconut oil.  I didn’t make the glaze this time but will try it for next time.

I love that the cake is not overly sweet and it doesn’t taste like dessert.  It was perfect for breakfast.

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Coconut Banana Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C – coconut oil (softened)
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C mashed banana
  • 1/4 C yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C shredded sweetened coconut (toasted)
  • 1 C while whole wheat flour (I recommend King Arthur’s brand)
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease the bundt pan well with baking spray

- In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together the sugars and coconut oil. With mixture running on low, add one egg at a time, followed by vanilla. Mix in yogurt and banana until smooth. Finally, add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing until there are no streaks. Transfer to prepared bundt pan.

- Bake for 45 mins or until cake is deep caramel and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting on a plate or wire rack to cool completely.

 

Notes:

- Maybe I substituted with coconut oil, the cake was a little crumbly out of the oven, but was fine the next day. It was moist and I was able to sliced the pieces fine.

- My bundt pan was a large size (8-12 cup size), but the cake mixture is for a 6 cup bundt pan. I adjusted the baking time accordingly.

- I will try decreasing the sugar by half next time, if I’m going to make the glaze.

 

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{currrently} – hers & baby H

I loved documenting my life (hello blog!) and what prevents me from doing it more often is the time it takes to do it. I’m always finding ways to do a shortcut, but I want to do shortcuts only if I also love the end results. This post was inspired by a post I saw on A Beautiful Mess.

Well, this is an easy and very visual way to document life and it will be a great way to look back, at some of the things we are loving currently.

I have this Sarah Mae book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, that I read to wind down from a long day. It’s about motherhood, for those who are looking for a mentor and sometimes feels lost and alone in this motherhood thing. For baby,  this book is on repeat during bedtime, he loves brown bear.

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My second pair on Minnetonka’s , this shoe is very comfortable. The  most comfy shoes I’ve owned. Size 4 shoes from Target for baby, wearing this to school every day.

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Hers & Baby:  summer sandals, both from Target

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Current favorite sunscreen:  Australian gold has the most wonderful smell for a sunscreen. Honest sunscreen for baby.

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Being crafty:  I love doing Project life on weekend mornings, it’s my quiet time. Baby H brings home cute projects from day care, this is my current favorite. It’s on display in our family room.

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I get a lot of comments that my little man is a good eater. We are now on our second day care facility and both teachers from the schools have told me that he is a good eater.  I’m lucky that he eats everything I give him, he pretty much eats the same food that […]

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{side dish} – zucchini & carrots

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this is what summer looks like (1)

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 “because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing”. (journaling card for project life from Studio Calico) We are making great memories this summer. We are definitely feeling the heat and try to find ways to stay cool, like visiting the library during story time, grilling indoors if dad’s not home and […]

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{currently loving} print art

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I am on a mission to hang things on our walls. Besides printing  pictures, I have been collecting print arts that I’ve found online these past few months. I am inspired to build a gallery wall, and have been pinning ideas on how I want it to be arranged. These are the print arts that […]

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{summer bucket list} / visit the aquarium

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Our summer bucket list this year involves a lot of planned family time, with a few family road trips together and some wish list of places to visit. Visiting an aquarium was on our list and since our little hula girl/my niece had a performance at the Long Beach aquarium with her dance group, it […]

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{recipe} quinoa vegetable muffins

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As baby H transitioned from pureed food to solid foods to regular table foods, the recipes I made in the kitchen also transitioned to make them toddler friendly. I just made little adjustments to make sure that whatever food I prepared for the hubby and I, that I was able to adapt and feed to […]

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Oreo cupcakes

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I tried a new cupcake recipe and I’m glad I found this in time for summer. We have a lot of social events we are looking forward to this summer, which makes me excited to see our friends and family, as well as bake new treats to share. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and […]

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