Coconut Loaf
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Serves: 1 loaf or 2 mini loaves
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour (I used white spelt flour)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used whole spelt flour)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I used cinnamon)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar, or more as needed
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, for serving on the side (I mixed a handful of chopped mango in one, chocolate chips in the other)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8½ inch loaf pan or 2 mini loaf pans with a bit of coconut oil.
  2. Spread the shredded coconut on a rimmed backing sheet and toast in the oven until just golden brown, about 4 minutes. Watch it carefully, it can burn quickly. Set aside ½ cup for topping the loaf.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1½ cups of the toasted coconut and the turbinado sugar. Sift in the flours, nutmeg (or cinnamon as I did), baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine. In another bowl, whisk the eggs together, then whisk in 1 cup of the coconut milk, coconut oil, and the vanilla. Gently stir the wet mixture in to the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 45-50 minutes for a full sized loaf pan, about 25-30 minutes for the mini pans. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  4. While the loaf is cooling, combine ¼ of the remaining coconut milk and the powdered sugar in a bowl and whisk until there are no clumps. Add more sugar or more coconut milk, to taste, depending on the consistency you prefer. (You won’t use the entire can of coconut milk). Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and sprinkle the remaining toasted coconut on top.
  5. Serve with blackberries on the side, or seasonal fruit of your choice.
Recipe by Love and Lemons at