Friday, October 11, 2013

Sour Cream Banana Bread with Coconut Oil {Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Oil Review & Giveaway}

I'm a big fan of butter. Don't get me wrong. Butter just makes things better. Better with butter. But with heart disease being fairly prevalent in my husband's side of the family, I've really got to tone it down. After doing a little bit of research, I found that coconut oil is a totally viable and healthy alternative to butter in many aspects of cooking. You can substitute it as a frying oil, buttery spread and in baking. Tropical Traditions has graciously provided me with a jar of their Gold Label Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil so that I could give it a try with my tried-and-true sour cream banana bread recipe and we were all pretty impressed with the results!

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is certified organic & traditionally made. This coconut oil meets our strictest standards and is handcrafted by family producers in the Philippines using traditional methods passed down from previous generations. Recent studies show that traditionally-made coconut oils have the highest amounts of antioxidants. Tropical Traditions also has tons of info if you want to learn what virgin coconut oil is and how to use coconut oil

You will need:
non-stick cooking spray
a mixture of 1/4 c of sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon for dusting
1/2 c Tropical Traditions Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
3/4 c raw honey (or 1 1/2 c sugar)
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas
2 c sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 c flour
optional: Add 1/4 cup of mix-ins such as chocolate chips, golden raisins, organic shredded coconut or candied nuts).

You will do:
1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
2. Spray 2 bread pans with your non stick spray.
3. Dust both pans with the cinnamon-sugar mix. You don't have to use it all, just enough to lightly coat the pan.
4. In a larger bowl, cream the coconut oil and remaining sugar together. Add eggs, bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend until well mixed.
5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly incorporate into the banana mixture.
6. Divide batter between your pans.
7. Bake for 50-60 min, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool and enjoy with a smear of coconut oil.

Ready to bake some of your own banana bread with coconut oil? I thought so! Check out the giveaway below to enter to win a jar of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. (ps - if you just can't wait - they are running a BOGO sale on their quart sizes of Gold Label! That's $20 for 2 quarts of amazing coconut oil!)

This giveaway is over - thanks to all for entering! 
Keep an eye out for more Pierogie Mama Giveaways.

Big long scary disclosure: I am not a health professional! Please consult your physician or other health official regarding any questions regarding health claims with any products. Nothing I have written here is intended to treat, cure or otherwise prevent any disease. I received a free sample of the product from Tropical Traditions for the review using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This post contains affiliate links.   If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age or older. Winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hour to respond before another winner is chosen. The Pierogie Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 


  1. I will definitely be making this!

  2. It's awesome to make popcorn with.

  3. Sounds super yummy! I love cooking with coconut oil.

  4. I've used it for cooking before!

  5. i use it for everything! lotion, hair care, cooking, diaper rash!

  6. i use it for making desserts & chocolates! yum!

  7. I use it mostly for personal care. I like it as a moisturizer and makeup remover, and also use it in DIY beauty recipes for lip balm, body scrub, and body cream. It's fantastic stuff!

  8. I love coconut oil. I use it for everything. Cooking, lotion and diaper rash creams are my tops.

  9. Yes... I use it daily. Baking, cooking, in smoothies.

  10. I love coconut oil, although your thoughts on butter should be changed, it's actually healthy for us and is not bad for your heart!

  11. Yes! We use coconut oil for EVERYTHING, skin care, diaper rash, essential oil carrier oil, cooking...the list could go on!

  12. Right now I have only been using coconut oil for baking (and making chocolate to snack on!).... but I have been pinning lots of other recipes that I'd like to try (make ups and such). Just need to build up my coconut oil supply before I can really do those things!

  13. I already use coconut oil and love it! My favorite is the smooth texture and flavor it gives smoothies.

  14. I'm almost out of coconut oil! Need some more.

  15. Would love to win! Want to try coconut oil for my skin and hair and oil pulling. thanks

  16. I love using coconut oil for baking. Great sub for the hydrogenated shortening I grew up with!

  17. I use coconut oil on my skin and hair, can't wait to try it in food

  18. I use it for everything like personal care, diy products, cooking and baking as a general replacement for fats.

  19. I use it for cooking, baking, personal, you name it!

  20. I use coconut oil a lot in cooking.

  21. I've heard of coconut oil, but I've never used it - I'm very interested in trying it out, though!

  22. Never used coconut oil before, keep hearing about it. Might have to give it a go. This Recipe does sound pretty yummy!

  23. This looks yummy! I make banana bread all the time, and always have coconut oil in the house, never thought of marrying the two!

  24. I never would have thought to use coconut oil in banana bread, or to mix coconut flakes in with it. Can't wait to try this recipe!

  25. Mmm!! This banana bread sounds and looks amazing!! I never knew that coconut oil could be used in baking!! I will have to try it!

  26. I love banana bread so I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe!



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