Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jamaican Lime Banana Bread

I remember being a little girl and passing tables at my school where a bake sale was being held to raise money for some sort of event or occasion.  Tables laden with brownies, cookies, breads, cupcakes... and, well, the list goes on, were so tempting and appealing.  Peering over the edge of the table at the freshly baked and nicely wrapped goodies I'd try to pick out the very best treat to spend my pennies on, often coming away with some sort of peanut butter confection, the more chocolate the better.

As and adult, I still love bake sales.  Who can resist the adorable packaging that some people are so creative with?  As the aromas of the baked goods, often combined with a nearby steaming fresh pot of coffee, one can't help but be tempted.

With our Jamaican Lime Banana Bread, I'm hoping to tempt some of my San Diego friends to visit the San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Great News Discount Cookware and School - 1788 Garnet Ave in San Diego.  Proceeds from this fabulous event will benefit the Share Our Strength Campaign to end childhood hunger.  On May 14th food bloggers across the country will be participating in bake sales in towns and cities near you, if you can't visit us in San Diego, check the Share Our Strength link above to find one near you where you can meet some of your favorite foodies and also help with this campaign.

Rum, lime and coconut are featured in our tempting banana bread bringing flavors of the Caribbean and thoughts of swaying palm trees and sandy beaches to the table.  A Cooking Light recipe that I've been using since its publish date in the year 1997, this zesty banana bread has been a frequent guest at our summer gatherings, and an occasional guest in mid winter when we need a tropical Jimmy Buffet-like pick-me-up.  With the plate always cleaned quickly, I can attest that this bread is a treat to be savored and won't last long on your table.

Saturday, May 14th 2011


Great News! Discount Cookware and School
Pacific Plaza
1788 Garnet Avenue

San Diego, CA 92109

Jamaican Lime Banana Bread

Cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese, softened (I've also used part-skim ricotta)
1 cup sugar 
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana 
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or 1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind 
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted 
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut 

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons margarine 
2 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
2 1/2 teaspoons dark rum or 1/8 teaspoon imitation rum extract
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
3 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 375°. Coat an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
Beat 2 tablespoons margarine and cheese at medium speed of a mixer; add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg; beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir well. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (banana through vanilla); stir well. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup coconut.

Pour batter into prepared pan; bake at 375° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Let cool slightly on a wire rack.

Combine brown sugar and 2 teaspoons each margarine, lime juice, and rum in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 1 minute; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons each pecans and coconut; spoon over loaf.


  1. Kim, bravo. Bake sales always seem to create a bad memory for me: too many dry chocolate cakes with no flavour. Where was your Jamaican exotic lime bread, then, just saying "buy me, love me"? Looks sensational.

  2. I would like to join you in bake sales like this. Unfortunately I can't do it on the 14th since we will be heading to Norcal to attend my daughter's graduation in Berkeley. But please let me know of any future bake sales or to any food bloggers' events here in SD. I would love to join.


  3. This bread is so it! Love the addition of rum. :)

  4. What a GREAT combo of flavors! I think I need to make this...and soon!!

  5. With delicious offerings like that bread, you are sure to have a very successful sale. Wishing you all the best!!!

  6. I would love to come to your bake sale and buy this yummy looking bread! But I think I am going to have to settle for making it myself and eating it while I listen to a bit of Jimmy Buffet. With the storms we've been having, I need a tropical pick me up.

  7. NIIIIICE! I fully support Caribbean inspired dishes. This banana bread would fit in just perfectly on several menus around the island. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. The bread looks lovely. I love all the flavors.

  9. Yum, love love this flavor combo. Definately want to try this next time I make some banana bread. Can't wait to try the lime kick it will bring.

  10. What do you think about subbing regular butter for the stick margarine, Kim? I've never worked with it before and only have butter in the house. Aside from that, the bread looks so scrumptious! It definitely fits well with the gorgeously wonderful weather we've been having here in So Cal :-)

  11. Oh my goodness does this look good. I'm thinking a nice cup of black rich coffee would be just perfect with this:)

  12. I can almost taste how refreshing this bread will be with the flavor of lime! How I wish I could attend the bake sale in San Diego .. unfortunately it's tooo far for me :( but I am all ready to hear how it went from you !..

  13. What a great combo! I would've never thought to add lime to a banana bread recipe.

  14. Hummm... so gorgeous this cake!!!!Perfect for tea time!


  15. I am working in my friend's law office for the day ... and LITERALLY just blurted out 'Oh MY GOSH that looks good!" I hope I don't get her fired :D Happy Friday!!!

  16. With a little bit of rum and lime, this sounds delish!

  17. This looks incredible!!!! Looking forward to trying this! Maybe tomorrow- have a good one Kelly and Liv! Good luck with the bake sale!

  18. Oh the joy of it. I love, love, love this bread (which really is a cake, no?). Lime; rum; love.

    Bravo to you for being a part of this. I can only pray that we can eradicate hunger someday.

  19. Kim,
    I love all of the flavors in this bread. I remember seeing this recipe, but it is probably long gone. Thanks to you , I have it again:) My husband will love it. Hope that you have a good bake sale.

  20. WOW LIME in banana bread! Never heard of but I already LOVE it. And the coconut on top...Totally convinced me that I must bake this. Saving the reacipe~~~ Thank you Kim and have a great weekend! :-)

  21. Lime in banana bread! wow! I am putting this on my list!! mmm

  22. Lime and bananas? Really? But I love how it sounds... Thanks for sharing this interesting idea! :)

  23. lime and bananas and rum. exquisite and colourful like the carribbean. All the luck for your bake sale

  24. This bread sounds so exotic and so much fun to make and to eat! If I were living in San Diego, I would totally come to the bake sale just for this!

  25. Lime, bananas, coconut, and rum... Winning combination! Finally, something new to make with my ripened bananas - Thanks for sharing!

  26. i'll admit i went in as a skeptic - i'm a banana bread traditionalist but this sounds great! bookmarked it with my account.

  27. This bread looks wonderful!!!

    I am part of the San Diego blogger bake sale and just saw you link this post up on, it looks delish!!!

  28. This looks and sounds wonderful!!

  29. I love the sounds of this recipe. I must have missing this in Cooking Light, but glad I found it here! I will be making this very soon!


  30. Wow! What a delicious food.Banana bread recipe is so amazing.I must try it.Thanks sharing with us.Great pick!
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  31. Found this on Pinterest. Was looking for something to bake that wasn't the same old banana bread. I totally did a no no and completely left out the bananas and substituted fresh diced pineapple instead. I also only had Malibu rum on hand and I have to say....AMAZING! I can't wait to make it again the 'right' way but for now, feeling pretty proud of myself! Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. I haven't made this recipe in forever, and now I"m eager to try it with your changes!! Thanks so much for reporting back!


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