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I screamed like a little girl last night for the first time in my adult life.

I’d just gotten home from the gym and was shower-bound.  At my most vulnerable moment – clad in naught but my long tresses – I reached up to pull back the shower curtain and guess who was 4 inches from my face.

There is no segue.  I’m too traumatized.

Coconut Banana Bread from Miss Cleo’s Cayman Kitchen

You will need:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (that’s about 10 apple bananas or 5 regular ones)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup grated fresh coconut

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease and flour 8 x 4 x 2 inch pans (I used a bundt pan.)
  • In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth, then slowly add eggs and bananas
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients
  • Add to the banana mixture
  • Mix until batter is blended making sure not to over beat
  • Spoon batter into prepared pans and bake 55 – 60 minutes (40 – 45 for bundt pan) or until toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack
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  1. I somehow missed seeing this. Yikes! That would freak me out! But the banana bread would do much to make the day better. It must be so sweet and moist and delicious!! I want a coconut so I can try it 🙂

  2. Omg!! What did you do!? I would have literally had a heart attack! I'm freaked out just by seeing the photo, nvm seeing it in person!! Ahhh I've got the chills for you!

  3. That was 4 inches from your face? I think I would've fainted from the shock of it! Glad to know you're okay though! And this loaf is to die for. I love the marriage of flavors between banana and coconut.

  4. OMG I'd freak out too!! Despite the incidence your coconut banana bread looks so good! If I eat this I'll probably forget about trauma. Haha. 🙂

  5. GAH!! I woud have eaten that whole cake to supress the terror.
    T x

  6. Your food photos look stunning and super professional to me.

  7. Yummy looking loaf!
    OMG, you would hear me screaming all the way in Brooklyn if I saw one of those in person, while naked no less!! Water bugs are bad enough… I would be traumatized as well.

  8. Eek!! OK nothing scares me more than something like that happening in the bathroom. While NAKED! It is horrifying. I am amazed you could bake. And post. Well done!

  9. Now you are REALLY making us homesick! This looks absolutely divine! I gather even a 6 footer would be screaming like a girl if one of those things was spotted inside the home 🙂 Hope that lovely moist tropical loaf makes you feel better.

  10. Yikes!! you probably had to eat the entire loaf of banana bread after that episode!!!
    Mary x

  11. Wow this sounds so Delicious love the combo of coconut with banana. Great summer flavors!

  12. omg, this looks so good! Amazing recipe! Oooh, so delicious!

  13. Yes me too I would have been traumatized!
    That bread is picture perfect; great recipe.

  14. OMG, I do not know what I would do other than shriek. I've never seen a scorpion in person (knock wood), but they scare me. On a more positive note, that bread looks moist and luscious.

  15. Oh my goodness! I would have screamed, too! Ick ick ick!!! (skin is crawling..)
    Delicious looking bread!

  16. Is that a fricking scorpion?!!!! RUN! oh gosh… a spider is bad enough, a scorpion will make me drop my pants!

  17. I would have absolutely freaked. I opened up the door of the staff bathroom at school to find a scorpion…last year…and I've been too freaked to use that bathroom since! One thing I definitely will not miss about life in the desert is bugs. I hope you haven't seen that guy since! PS: I love this banana bread! I am on an absolute coconut kick lately, and this is the perfect way to continue it 🙂

  18. Oh man! That takes fear of spiders to a whole new level! What was that thing! So glad you decided to comfort yourself with that amazing coconut banana bread! It really looks yummy and moist! And adding coconut to anything…really does it for me! Hope your heart rate has returned to normal!!! : )

  19. Oh no! I know how you must feel. I wouldn't have entered that room for at least a few weeks.

    The banana bread looks fantastic. Banana and coconut are undeniably a fabulous combination.

  20. I would have flipped out and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Last time I was in the Philippines my cousin thought it would be funny to throw a giant cockroach in the shower with me…yeah, not good. That being said, that coconut banana bread looks super yum 🙂

  21. Wow, that bread looks awesome! Would love to eat that with a hot cup of 'Chai”

  22. this looks so good

  23. No segue indeed, holy crapoli! I would have needed this yummy bread to recover from a shock like that.

  24. Holly Macaroni! I hate finding bugs in the house. I know they are all useful for something but NOT in my house!
    So what did you do? I would scream too! We have our share of big cockroaches in the South,I scream everytime I see one. I normally empty a can of Raid on one of them , we usually have to air the whole house and leave the house to be able to breathe when I am done.

  25. Omg thats horrible!!! I'm screaming with you! At least banana bread usually fixes everything 🙂 Love the coconut with the banana! Congrats on Top 9!!

  26. AAH! I just screamed a little looking at the picture. Yikes!!! Well, hopefully this yummy bread soothed your nerves 🙂

  27. I love the addition of coconut in banana bread. Looks great.And I cannot even imagine what I'd do if I came face to face with a scorpion!

  28. Thx for stopping by Food Stories. I just subscribed to your blog and can't wait to see what your next creation will be!

  29. Ah yes, I can sympathize. Now that we're living in Thailand, I have found some little critters grazing around too…it always freaks me out! At least you were able to console yourself with this great bread. I'd love to try it, especially since fresh coconut is plentiful here!

  30. Yikes!!! I would have freaked!!! Congrats on your Top 9 today…I think this will become my favorite banana bread recipe. It looks amazing, my friend!!!

  31. I empathise – I almost stepped on a scorpion once walking up an unlit corridor from the lounge to the loo. The only way I missed it was it wiggled at the last second before I put my foot down, and my eyes caught the moving outline. I've been terrified of scorpions ever since!

    The banana-coconut bread combo looks delcious. I've never tried nutmeg in a banana bread before…only cinnamon.

  32. The banana bread is stunning and I agree! I'd be crazy traumatized, too! EEEeeek!

  33. Aw! I hope you're feeling better and less traumatized now.

  34. Who could think about banana bread when you could have been bit by a scorpion! Gee wiz I don't think I could sleep for months. As it is my dogs have been carrying ticks – found one on my bed the other day and I'm having trouble sleeping and itching all night.

    Well I guess you've got to eat and coconut banana bread sounds pretty darn good and moist. I make banana bread all the time. Saving the recipe to try with my next batch of ripe bananas.

  35. Argh….!!! I think I would almost faint!
    Your cake looks wonderful, with a cup of tea would surely calm you down!

  36. I have never even seen a real scorpion considering I'm an Aussie Sydney girl but I get my fair share of spiders – and my parents call me a drama queen!!
    I am so glad this bread was made – just looking at it calms me down for you 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  37. What a fright! Finding a spider in my shower doesn't compare, although I would put up with a lot I think to live in the Caymans!
    I also think coconut would go a long way to make a banana bread lover of me.

  38. I have never seen a live scorpion. I've seen dead ones.
    I am sorry you were traumatized. I hope Clark Kent rescued you.

  39. I guess they are getting friendly your way as well. My husband found one crawling into my shoe yesterday.
    This sweet bread does look like a tasty diversion from that. Yet, your thought is probably the same as mine, if there is one, where are the rest? The scorpion paranoia will take some time to get over. Have a fun and scorpion free weekend!

  40. Oh! I am totally traumatized on your behalf. Shreeeeeiiiik!

    I guess several slices of Coconut Banana Bread is the only thing that is going to calm my nerves. Must dash – baking this!

  41. I would have done the same with that frightening looking thing. In fact seeing once a while cockroaches gets me so hyped up.

    Beautiful and simple banana bread. My kind of recipes are those easy yet with a wonderful outcome.

  42. I'm traumatized for you! I probably would have passed on the spot, those poor paramedics that would have to come to revive me and see that scene. I think the banana bread was an excellent recovery.

  43. Not to worry, Clark Kent came to the rescue.

  44. Oh noooo! I'd still be rocking in a fetal position somewhere. I may do some sympathy rocking, just to be safe.

  45. I was bitten by one of those things when I lived in Florida. I was out at the back of the yard and I nearly didn't make it to the house for the pain. I was a drama queen and quite sure I was going to lose my foot. 🙂

    My neighbor dashed over with meat tenderizer and within 45 minutes I wouldn't have known I'd been bitten. Keep some in the house.

    Coconut banana bread sounds delicious!

  46. Yum! I'm always look to try a new banana bread recipe. Thanks!

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