Coconut Pineapple Bread

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Coconut Pineapple Bread Recipe

When I made pineapple sorbet I was left with half of a fresh and juicy pineapple. I was tempted to eat it all by myself, but I decided to bake Coconut Pineapple Bread instead. Coconut and pineapple are a match made in heaven. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with adding them both to a sweet and buttery quick bread. I cut up the fresh pineapple into chunks and got out all of my ingredients to bake bread.

First, I toasted the coconut. It is amazing what a few minutes in the oven will do to coconut. I love the slight nutty flavor of toasted coconut. It is the best!

Next, I added the toasted coconut and fresh pineapple chunks to the bread batter. I gently folded them into the batter until the mixture was combined.

I poured the batter in the pan and topped it off with the additional coconut. I didn’t toast this coconut because the oven toasts it while baking. The bread bakes for about an hour. Our house smelled like a tropical paradise! I couldn’t wait to slice into the bread.

Coconut Pineapple Bread Recipe

This bread reminds me of pineapple upside down cake, but in loaf form. The bread is very moist thanks to the sour cream and butter. Coconut and pineapple chunks are scattered throughout the loaf. The coconut topping adds a nice crunch to the buttery loaf of bread. This quick bread makes a great snack, breakfast, or is plenty sweet for dessert. We enjoyed a slice with a scoop of cold pineapple sorbet. I felt like I was on a tropical island enjoying a sweet and summery dessert.

If you like coconut and pineapple-this is the bread for you. It is easy to make and each slice will transport you to tropical paradise.

Coconut Pineapple Bread Recipe

Coconut Pineapple Bread

This easy Coconut Pineapple quick bread will make you feel like you are on a tropical island.
4 from 4 votes
Servings
1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking sod
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread 1 cup of the coconut on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, tossing occasionally, 6 to 10 minutes; set aside. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low, and alternately add flour mixture in three parts and sour cream in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold pineapple and toasted coconut into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan, and smooth top; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup coconut.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes (cover pan with foil halfway through so the top of the bread doesn't burn).
  6. Remove bread from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve.

If you like this Coconut Pineapple Bread, you might also like:

Coconut Pineapple Vegan Banana Bread from Joy the Baker
Pineapple Coconut Muffins from Completely Delicious
Coconut Bread with Pineapple Butter from Ezra Pound Cake

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. “Our house smelled like a tropical paradise!”
    and
    “This bread reminds me of pineapple upside down cake, but in loaf form. The bread is very moist thanks to the sour cream and butter. ”

    I AM SOLD!! It looks and sounds phenomenal, Maria.

    Wow. It looks sooooo good. I can almost taste it from here! Amazing job and the fact that it’s moist…love it!

  2. I was wondering how you adapted from the MS recipe. I made that one a while back and it came out ok. I had really high hopes for it! Maybe you’ve changed it for the better! What were the differences? Thanks!

  3. *sigh* I can almost smell the coconut and pineapple just by looking at your pictures! I have to make this. Gotta buy some sour cream and pineapple, and I’m all set! Thanks for another fabulous recipe! 🙂

  4. I was certain i had already commented on this! My mums favourite is the classic upside down also and this just looks so darn delicious i think it would go down a storm here 🙂 Ive already saved it and hope to make it sooner rather than later!

  5. This is SO book marked! Josh and I are huge coconut/pineapple fans. This sounds like a must make for the weekend. Hope you and your little one are doing well

  6. Oh my goodness. I literally just arrived home from Maui this afternoon. The first thing I told my husband that I wanted to do was find a recipe for pineapple coconut loaf. And then … I stumbled onto your site. I am trying this tomorrow, forget the laundry!!

  7. I tried making this yesterday because I’ve been thinking about it since I saw your post 🙂
    I say “tried” because it wouldn’t finish baking. I had various raw spots around the pineapple chunks. Should I have put the fresh pineapple in a cheesecloth to drain? I could practically taste it, it smelt so good!!

    1. Same thing happened to me.  It made a royal mess!  I just kept putting foil on the oven bottom  and
      replacing it with another because it was smoking so much.  It wasn’t done at 60 minutes so it’s still baking.  I followed the recipe to the letter.  Won’t be making this again as it was a waste of my morning!

  8. Soo sad. I tried making this bread yesterday, but it was still raw after 60 minutes of baking. SO I continued baking it on 345 for another 30 minutes because the outside was being burned. However it just sunk back and still so raw and wet. Do you think it is because i lowered the temp? Please help me. I really wanna make this bread. Thanks Maria.

    1. I didn’t have any trouble with the bread not baking. It browned nicely for me so I had to cover it with foil. I am not sure why yours didn’t bake. Did you use the right size pan? Sorry you had trouble.

    1. What on Earth? Of course we have baking soda in Australia. What kind of ridiculous alternate reality are you living in?

      Baking Soda and Bicarb Soda are the same thing. Moreover, and this has nothing to do with me posting this comment in 2018, because this has been available here since the 50s, but Coles, Woolworths, Bi-Lo, Franklins, Aldi, AND Safeway all sell it, and they call it ‘baking soda’, ‘bicarb soda’ or ‘bicarbonate of soda’s.

      Seriously?????

  9. I made this and I recommend cooking for much longer. Perhaps 70-80 minutes. My bread was raw in the middle, but the two ends we managed to save were delish!

  10. I baked this bread yesterday! This came out very nice . I could’nt tell you how proud I felt. This is a ” food for the soul”! My 2 year old daughter was saying ” Ammy” (for “yummy”) after eating this bread. Thank you Maria, for the recipe. Looking forward many more recipes from your side.

    Mali, NJ

  11. I just made this and although it tasted okay it never really set as a cake or bread. I cooked for 30 extra minutes and it still came out way too wet. I followed the directions exactly as written other than increasing the baking time and it just never came out right.

  12. I made this recipe tonight and was highly disappointed. I baked it much longer than the recipe called for and it still came out not completely done. I even adjusted my oven temperature. I think possibly the pan you used must have been larger than a standard bread pan. There was too much mixture for my 9×5 pan as well. When I read the Martha Stewart reviews several people had the same problem with the bread not getting done. I think this would work better as a two loaf recipe.

  13. Seems like a lot of comments from people who plan to make this but couldn’t determine from comments if anyone had used this recipe. I made this and it was delicious. But have 2 notes to share. This recipe will make 2 loaves not one loaf as is. Also extremely sweet. Plan to make again with 1/2 cup of sugar and maybe unsweetened coconut. Because of all the toasted coconut in the batter this is good for those who want more texture but can’t eat nuts. Nuts would be good too.

  14. bread looks nice and all the oh’s and ah’s…, but did anyone try making it yet and can share the experience?

  15. I wanted to loved this but not sure what happened. It turned out completely soggy and wet in the inside even after 65 mins of baking. The outside edges were getting a nice golden brown and crunchy but it just seemed like the ratio of wet ingredients was too much for the dry. Disappointed.

  16. This recipe is so old that there isn’t a button to pin it.  Can you add that to your post so we can save it?

  17. I’m insanely annoyed all of the other comments are about how good this sounds, and no one has actually tried making it. I followed the directions to the letter aside from substituting coconut oil for the butter and it’s been in the oven for at least an hour and a half now… still a complete soft mess with burnt edges. Do NOT recommend.


  18. Lovely recipe. I used canned crushed pineapple instead of fresh but it still worked really well, I just made sure to drain and squeeze out all the syrup/juice before adding it to the batter. Gorgeous moist texture, loved it.

  19. Wasted my whole morning on this one.  Overflowed terribly.  Won’t  finish baking.  Soggy mess.  Would not recommend!  Followed the recipe exactly.

    1. I am making this bread right now and wish I had read the comments first. The author should change the recipe to say it makes TWO loafs of bread instead of one. It overflowed all over my oven. I read the comments after it overflowed, and have split it into two loaf pans – will see what happens.


  20. Just made the Loaf.  It baked perfectly in 60 mins.  Wasn’t uncooked in the middle like some people said.  However, I feel it is missing something, maybe vanilla flavouring, or cinnamon or something.  Not sure what.  Any ideas?


  21. I made it last night. In brief, it was good, but not all I had hoped for. I am not sure whether or not I will make it again.

    It took over 80 minutes. I should have scrolled further down to catch the comments by people who actually made the recipe. I had thought of dividing this between two 4″x8″ pans, but then decided to follow the recipe and see what happened.

    The batter is a bit “loose”, and it filled the pan so full that I placed the pan on a baking sheet in case it overflowed. That didn’t happen, but I still liked being able to pull the sheet out to tent foil over the top of the loaf at the 30 minute mark. I used the center rack. I would recommend using parchment paper to line the pan with, especially with older pans.

    At 60 minutes, it was nowhere near done. By 75 minutes, the cake would spring back when I pressed it lightly. I went a little longer, then took it out to cool. It seems to have cooked through except for being slightly under-baked at the very center. The rest of the cake is fine in terms of texture, but seems to be missing something in terms of flavor. It sunk a bit in the middle, but not much. It is a little crumbly, and the flavor is mild, but good. I notice the pineapple more than the coconut. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but with fresh pineapple, it was fine.

    The recipe could either use more flour, more coconut, or both. It’s good, but not quite as flavorful as I was hoping for. f I bake this again, I will use two 4″x8″ pans, use whatever amount of coconut creates a nice amount of topping, and see if that makes enough of a difference.

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