Banana Blueberry Coconut Bread + Saturday Links

December 27, 2014

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As we were flying out of Denver on Christmas afternoon, over the snowy peaks of the rockies, and dreaming of the white blanket of snow that is suppose to fall over our home in just a few short hours, I was thinking, WHAT ARE WE DOING. I have always dreamt of a white Christmas, and after years in cities absent of snow, we were finally getting the chance to experience it – and were flying away. Flying away to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona.

Then I started to picture the open stretch of road on the way to my parents home. It runs alongside an indian reservation where you can see for a hundred miles. The beautiful sierra mountains wrapping around the northern and eastern sides of my favorite little Phoenix town, ‘tukee (Ahwatukee Foothills) that I called home for twelve years. The big skies, the clouds that stretch forever, the desert sunsets (which have yet to be beat), fresh air, wide open spaces, this beautiful city. This city which holds my favorite people. My best friend (my mom), and the person I look up to the most (my dad). The most generous and loving in-laws a girl could ask for, plus a rad sister-in-law, more extended fam, and my BROTHER WAS IN TOWN from the far off magical city of San Francisco.

All of a sudden WHAT ARE WE DOING turned into CAN THIS PLANE GO ANY FASTER. An overall feeling of thankfulness is overwhelming me this weekend as I’m surrounded by these amazing people I’m lucky enough to be stuck with as my family for the rest of my life. I could not have asked for a better bunch. The snow will still be there when we return to our mile high home, but for now I’m going to soak up these wonderful people I get to spend this Christmas weekend with! Time to go dunk some more crunchy peanut butter balls in chocolate and whip up waffle parfaits for my fam on this rare occasion I get the chance to! I hope all of your Christmases are filled with those people you’re knit together with for life. The people that stick. Who you love the most and would trade even the whitest of Christmases for. Merry weekend, folks!

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This loaf is one of Scott and I’s favorites. It’s full of flavor, fluffy, moist, and perfectly sweet. Pair with your coffee, or serve warm with a cold glass of almond milk for an afternoon snack. Have a nice thick slice and have plenty left to share with company this weekend!

Makes one 9×5 loaf.

1 cup mashed overripe banana
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup plain almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole spelt flour
1/3 cup oat flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl combine all of the wet ingredients, salt, and cinnamon. Sprinkle in the dry ingredients and mix well. Using a spatula, fold in the shredded coconut and blueberries. Transfer to a parchment lines 9×5 loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes (or until the top is golden brown, and when you stick a toothpick in the center it comes out clean). Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to fully cool before slicing and serving. Wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 4 days.


Inspo links from this past week!

I cannot wait to get my hands on this film pack for Lightroom.

This guy seriously blows my mind with his Illustrator savvy. Major skills envy.

Listening to this song on repeat. Anything Justin Vernon touches is gold.

Wishing this beautiful mortar and pestle would surprise me on my doorstep.

Bryanna, you are amazing for coming up with this homemade, palm oil-free vegan butter!

She is BRILLIANT. Homemade coconut butter chips!

Happy weekend!


  • Reply dorota @ plants on the plate December 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

    enjoy your christmas! i’m hunting for a waffle maker so that i can whip up amazing breakfasts for my family away from home aka my flatmates – your words make me so much more certain that waffles are a binding agent for people!

    • Reply Faring Well December 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too, and maybe even scored a waffle iron! I have yet to meet someone who would turn down a waffle ;) binding they are! happy (almost) new year!

  • Reply Amanda Paa December 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    hope you enjoy your holiday! we had the first brown christmas here in minnesota in a long time…. :( but today we got a boat load! i was thankful for not having to travel in the cold and muck like usual though. there’s always a bright side :) this bread looks smashing too.

    • Reply Faring Well December 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Soooo glad you eventually got some snow!! We were welcomed back to Colorado with a ton too, yay!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy (almost) new year Amanda!

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche December 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    This banana and blueberry coconut bread looks so incredibly delicious.. and incredibly captured too. Pinned!

  • Reply Caitlin December 28, 2014 at 6:45 am

    this bread looks phenomenal, lady. i am so totally making this. also, your relationship with your parents is eerily similar to mine ;) hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend!

    • Reply Faring Well December 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much, Caitlin! I hope you did too :) went by too fast, as always! Hope you get to make and enjoy this bread soon, and that you are having a great holiday week!

  • Reply Lisa Smith December 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I was wondering what to do with the bananas you left behind! Looks delicious love, thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well December 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

      No bananas left behind!! 1 cup mashed banana ~ 2 medium bananas. Just gave an exact measurement for people to aim for so that they didn’t use too small of nanas and get a dry bread – a little extra won’t hurt!

  • Reply Kim December 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    is there a option to replace the spelt with? I want to use what I have on hand and I have other flours but not that. Thanks

    • Reply Faring Well January 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Hi there! Yes, you could always try either a gluten free flour blend (such as Bob Red Mill’s) or all purpose flour, or even whole wheat flour! Know that I have not tried this recipe with anything other than a mixture of oat and spelt, but I have an inkling it will turn out great with any of these other options as well!

  • Reply lois January 1, 2015 at 6:37 am

    by vanilla, do you mean vanilla extract, or do i have to scrape it from a stick? It looks delicious, but since i live in holland i have to convert all the ingredients to something i can buy over here ;)

    • Reply Faring Well January 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Oooo good question – vanilla extract! Hope that was the option you were looking for. Hi from the states (*waves hand*) and hopefully happy bread baking!!

  • Reply Antoinette January 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Sadly, I dont live in a vegan home so I substituted some ingredients with what I had. I substituted almond milk with regular milk, coconut oil with butter, spelt flour with wheat flour and I also substituted the maple syrup (which is very expensive here) with dark brown sugar. I just made it and it turned out great! Moist and delicious. Also, the banana and blueberries make it difficult to over cook so one less thing to stress over in the mornings!

    • Reply Faring Well January 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      WOW! if that isn’t a testament to the solidity of this recipe I don’t know what is! That is amazing! So so glad it turned out well, and way to go totally rocking it with substitutions of what you had on hand. YAY! Glad you loved it and thanks for writing me to let me know how it turned out!

  • Reply Trevor January 2, 2015 at 5:52 am

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    • Reply Faring Well January 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Wow thank you so much! That means a ton, thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Trevor!

  • Reply Sabrina January 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Jessie this recipe is on BuzzFeed, Congratulations!

    • Reply Faring Well January 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much! I was so stoked and honored when I saw — can’t believe it!

  • Reply Amy January 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hi Jessie, I made this over the weekend and have been toasting up slices all week…SO GOOD! I came across your site via Laura over at The First Mess and am so so glad I did. I really enjoy reading your posts and am inspired by your cooking and stories. High fives and gratitude from Vermont!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

      That makes me so happy to hear! Yay! Thank you so much. I just checked out your blog too and oh my goodness I’m in love. Already pinned my favorites and started to follow you as well, so glad to have gotten connected!

  • Reply Lewis January 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Jessie, I saw your recipe on buzzfeed and made it on Sunday morning and it was delicious. I’m definitely going to make another batch soon I might also try some more of your recipes. I really like your blog too and I love the filters on your photos and your photography is great! Thanks for the recipe from Scotland :) Lewis

    • Reply Faring Well January 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Lewis, I am so glad! Thank you for writing me, I love hearing when other’s make my recipes – and super stoked it came out so well and you loved it! Also thanks so much for the photos compliment – that makes me smile, I appreciate it. Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply TinaStone February 7, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Whow I discovered your blog a few days ago and I’m so happy I did! I really like the lay-out and the beautiful pictures.. And a big bonus: your recipes seem to work so well for me! I made this bread yesterday. Substituted whole wheat flour for the spelt, and a nice local honey for the maple syrup, because maple is really pricy here (Belgium). But it turned out so great! Thanks a lot!

    • Reply Faring Well February 7, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Wow thank you so much! That means a ton and I am oh so glad you love the bread recipe! You are so welcome. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Maja April 6, 2015 at 6:55 am


    i just saw this recipe and it looks amazing ( so does your whole website :), just wondering is it possible to substitute oat flour with coconut flour, since I can’t seem to find oat flour.

    Thank you :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 6, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Hi there! Thank you so much, this is one of our faves! Unfortunately coconut flour is not friendly when it comes to substituting. But you can simple grind any rolled oats you have into a flour and use that if you can’t find the pre-ground kind!

  • Reply Maja April 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Thanks so much! Will try to make it soon :) as well as your other delicious recipes! :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Of course! And yay cannot wait for you to try some!! <3

  • Reply Jordan April 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hi! Does anybody know the nutrition facts per one slice?

    • Reply Faring Well April 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t do nutrition facts so I am unaware, I’m sorry!

  • Reply Heather April 15, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Just made banana bread on a whim last night, discovered your site this morning and oohhhhhhhh the agony. I wish I had found you just 24 hours sooner and this gorgeousness could be all mine. Don’t worry, this blue-coco-banana bliss will be popped into my oven in the next few weeks regardless. Right now I should get back to work, but I cannot wait to explore your site more tonight because I’m loving it!

    • Reply Faring Well April 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

      You’re the sweetest! Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy your banana bread this week and get to whip up this version soon <3

  • Reply Lena May 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    This looks great, but unfortunately blueberries are pretty much impossible to find around here (except for frozen, which are super expensive and still rare!). What would fit best here as a substitution? :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Oh that stinks! Any berry would work well here, I’m not sure what fruit is in season and affordable where you are at – but you could even try dried fruit, or leave it out entirely and it will still be yummy :)

  • Reply Stacey June 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Made these tonight! So. Good.

    • Reply Faring Well June 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Yay! A fave of ours too. Glad you loved it!

  • Reply Kristina August 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I just made this! I probably used extra banana, so it took longer to bake. But turned out so delicious. Will make this again

    • Reply Faring Well August 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Aw yay so glad you loved it! Thanks for writing to tell me :)

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