Banana Apricot Nut Bread

This delightful apricot bread is sure to please all who partake! It’s filled with sweet, plump bananas, luscious dried apricots, melt in your mouth coconut and crunchy pecans — although any nut would suffice. The taste is quite amazing quite different from my Apricot Nut Bread, yet the mellow flavors are so wonderful and work great together. You can add cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips to get even more rich taste if you desire.

During the Christmas holidays of 1997, Shirley Lotts brought this satisfying dessert bread to my place of employment with a couple of other breads and several different kinds of Christmas cookies. It was an instant hit. I begged her for the recipe and I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve added a little more flour to the original recipe to keep the dough from overflowing the pan. I’ve also added coconut to the batter so it wouldn’t be too similar to my other apricot bread recipe. Additionally, I’ve increased the amount of apricots so they are the main theme of the bread rather than bananas.

If you’re ready to stop making the same old banana bread recipe consider trying this one. Apricots and coconut give extra zest to this recipe. This recipe is so easy to whip up, too. You can have this ready to go in the oven in about 5-7 minutes. Your family will love the smell of this freshly baked bread permeating your house. Better yet, they will love sinking their teeth into this scrumptious bread!

Our family loves this amazing bread, and we think you will too once you try it. Consider taking this great sweet bread to special occasion parties like bridal or baby showers, office parties, potlucks, or just serve it to your family for breakfast. I like making sweet breads like this as a side to a big main dish salad. Yum, yum.

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Bananas, apricots, pecans, and coconut. What more could you ask for in a recipe?

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Here’s a close up picture so you can see all the juicy apricots in the bread. You can also see flakes of coconut.

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Doesn’t this bread look yummy?

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Take along to your office for snacks and your co-workers will really appreciate you!

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Have a slice of this excellent bread with some hot tea. Now that’s contentment.

 

Here’s what I did.

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Melt butter.

 

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Place melted butter in large mixing bowl.

 

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Mash bananas.

 

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Add mashed bananas to butter in mixing bowl.

 

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Add egg.

 

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Add milk.

 

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Add sugar.

 

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Add baking soda, baking powder and salt.

 

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Whisk all ingredients together with a whisk.

 

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.

 

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Add chopped walnuts or pecans.

 

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Add apricots. I used a whole 6-oz. bag.

 

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Add apricots to mixture.

 

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Add coconut. If you’d like to add cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips to the batter that will provide even more flavor.

 

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Stir everything together with a wooden spoon. I had to add extra flour to thicken the batter.

 

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Spray miniature bread pans with Bakers Joy cooking spray or grease and flour pans really well.

 

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Divide dough among three bread pans. Bake at 350 for about 60-70 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

 

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Remove bread from oven when knife comes out clean.

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Here’s a picture of the bread after I’ve sliced several pieces.

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This is a delicious sweet bread. Lots of apricots, coconut, pecans and bananas with every taste.

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Get a look at this delicious apricot bread.

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Here’s another close up view so you can see the texture.

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This is a great bread for holiday baking.

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Try taking some of this wonderful bread to your next party or potluck. Everyone will want a piece.

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Your family will love this bread for breakfast.

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Doesn’t this apricot bread look delicious?

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This fantastic bread is great for special occasions like baby showers or brunches.

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We love this spectacular apricot bread. I’m sure you will too.

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I’ve saved a couple of pieces for you!

Here’s the recipe.

BANANA APRICOT NUT BREAD

(Recipe from Shirley Lotts, when I worked at First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville, TX)

 

2 ½ cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup chopped dried apricots

½ cup chopped walnuts

¾ cup mashed banana

1 cup coconut

½ cup milk

1 egg

¼ cup melted butter

 

In a bowl, combine the banana, milk, egg, butter, salt, baking soda, and baking powder with a whisk until well combined; stir into flour, nuts, apricots, and coconut with a wooden spoon just until well blended. Pour batter into a well-greased 9×5” loaf pan or spray 3 miniature bread pans with Bakers Joy cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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This tasty sweet bread is great for holiday baking – but you can find the ingredients all year long so you can make this great bread any time.

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In this close up view you can see the marvelous texture of this unbelievable sweet bread.

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Take a plate of these to your neighbors or to new families moving into your neighborhood

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Your family will love these for special Saturday breakfasts.

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Have a slice of my Banana Apricot Nut Bread and join me for breakfast.

 

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11 Responses to “Banana Apricot Nut Bread”

  1. January 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    What a good idea! Never thought to add apricots before. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • January 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

      You’re welcome. It really is a fabulous bread.

  2. January 15, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    What a great way to use up those old bananas! Moreover with apricots, delicious!

    • January 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      It really is great!

      • January 16, 2013 at 3:42 am #

        I just have to hide some bananas now from the sight of the boyfriend so I have a reason to use the browned ones! He won’t eat those anyway, haha.

        • January 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

          LOL! Well you can always make it with regular bananas too, although overripe bananas add more sweetness to the recipe.Hope you enjoy it!

  3. January 15, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Teresa, that bread looks AMAZING!! I’ve never tried making banana bread with coconut and apricots added in, but I can already imagine how wonderful it would taste just by looking at your piccies! Definitely bookmarking this recipe for when I am patient enough to wait for my bananas to brown :P

    • January 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      I hope you enjoy it! You can really use any kind of nuts, and if you really desire lots of flavors you can toss in a cup of cinnamon chips, butterscotch chips, or vanilla chips. Yum, yum!

  4. January 15, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    Love the idea of using miniature loaf pans! Lovely :)

    • January 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks! They’re great for gifts too. Keep one for you and wrap the others – one for neighbors and one for the office. Yay!

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