Coconut Macadamia Banana Bread
Makes 2 loaves or 4 mini loaves
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut (toasting it is optional)
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (about 5 oz)
Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of loaf pans.
Mix sugar and margarine in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until moistened. Stir in coconut and chopped macadamia nuts.
Pour into pans. Bake about 60 to 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for mini loaves) or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans. Cool completely before slicing.