Coconut Lime Bread |

Coconut Lime Bread

This post was originally published here on April 15, 2014. I’ve since updated the photographs and text. This is a great quick bread recipe to try for Easter or Mother’s Day!

You guys. Baking with a broken arm is HARD.

Flour is heavy. Batter can be sticky and clingy. Rolling out dough takes strength. And full disclosure: I’m not particularly skilled at cracking eggs with just one hand.

I’ll just turn in my chef’s whites now.

But despite these minor inconveniences, I’ve persisted. I managed to make a couple pies last week to celebrate Pi Day. And I’ve been baking up loaves of this heavenly scented Coconut Lime Bread.

Coconut Lime Bread |

This Coconut Lime Bread is a must-make for Spring. I especially like it for Easter and/or for Mother’s Day. Because it’s a great, easy addition to any breakfast or brunch gathering.

This bread is a bit more toothsome and less “spongy” than say, a typical piece of banana bread (you can see the texture from the flaked coconut in the slices in the photographs). And it’s not overly sweet. So don’t worry about that sugary glaze. In fact, I suggest you apply it liberally.

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I’ve made this recipe with lemon or orange zest in place of the lime zest, and while of course it “works” that way, something about it just isn’t the same. The flavors of lime and coconut pair so well together (= maximum tropical vibes!), that replacing the lime with a different citrus just feels like kind of a mistake in this particular instance. So my recommendation is to “put the lime in the coconut” and don’t look back.

Sorry. Had to do it.



Coconut Lime Bread

Coconut Lime Bread

At a Glance:
Yield: Makes one 9 X 5-inch loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


For the Bread:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Grated zest from 2 1/2 limes
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Grated zest from 1/2 lime


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 X 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, flaked coconut, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and lime zest. With your mixer on low speed, slowly pour this egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the melted butter and mix until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and transfer it to your pre-heated oven. Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool in the loaf pan for about 10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
  5. While the bread is cooling, combine the powdered sugar and lime juice in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread. Then sprinkle with lime zest. Slice and enjoy.
  6. The bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


Recipe adapted from Bill Granger via Smitten Kitchen.

21 comments on “Coconut Lime Bread”

  1. Hi there,

    Love this recipe! My try just came out the oven – it smells and looks stunning! I did a vegan version – flax eggs, margarine and soy milk. I love the lime flavour, but for my taste the coconut didn’t really shine. So for the people who love coconut as much as me, i might try next time using coconut milk instead of soy milk.

    Anyways, love it, thanks! -Annie

  2. Just stumbled across your blog and love it!! And this recipe looks delicious!! In past couple of years I have come to really love coconut so this looks like a great recipe to try!

  3. Oh my gosh, this sounds incredible. I am totally going to make this this weekend!
    I’m so glad I found your blog! 🙂

  4. looks good will try it, thanks!

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  6. Made this last night. Not only was it a very easy recipe but so yummy. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Great Recipe! I tried it yesterday and loved it!
    The shape was beautiful and the sweet and sour of the glaze just perfect. The texture from the coconut too! I used unsweetened coconut flakes and it was sweet enough:)

    Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  8. This is giving me all the feels that summer is around the corner!

  9. Loving those tropical flavors Liz, and your reshoot is absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe you did this with one arm!? And how?

  10. This is such a wonderful recipe. I am making 10 small loaves today for friends and family because of so many requests. Is this recipe ok to freeze?

    • Awww that’s so wonderful of you to do! I haven’t tried freezing it, but I imagine it would work ok.

  11. Can you add lime juice to the batter? Thanks.

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