Coconut Key Lime Bread

by Carrie on April 11, 2012

This bread is amazing, one of the best items I have made lately. Well next to the key lime pie. Made I just really like key limes. This bread has great flavor but I paired it with some coconut butter that my Dad also brought back from FL and it was a great pair. I will be making this again maybe with regular limes if I cannot find key limes. But the flavors are great. And even my coconut hating husband enjoyed it.

Coconut Key Lime Bread (From: Elly’s Says Opa, Originally Adapted From: Barefoot Contessa)

  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. grated key lime zest (from about 4-5 key limes)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Toast the coconut either by spreading it onto a sheet pan and baking in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, checking and stirring it ever 5 minutes, or by heating it in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring or shaking frequently until golden and toasted.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 3/4 cup sugar, eggs, lime zest, and vanilla extract.  Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the canola oil into the batter until just incorporated.

Set aside 3 Tbsp. of the toasted coconut. Fold the remaining coconut into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the key lime juice in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.

Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Place a cooling rack above a rimmed baking sheet, and put the still-warm cake on the rack. Poke a few small holes into the top of the cake with a toothpick, and then pour the lime-sugar mixture over the top of the cake, and sprinkle with the 3 Tbsp. toasted coconut. Allow the lime-sugar mixture to soak into the cake.

© 2012, Carrie. All rights reserved.

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1 Stephanie April 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

As soon as my kitchen is back in order, I will be making this bread!!


2 Alida April 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I have been craving coconut lately, and the combination with lime sounds so delicious. Your photo looks amazing!


3 Joy April 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Um, yum!!!! I’ve started a new feature at Pardon My Poppet that is a weekly newsletter of my fave blogs. Carrie’s Sweet Life is going to be in the premier post in a couple of weeks. Thanks for all the great posts! You’re killing me on my diet! 🙂

Warmest regards,


4 Jill (JBean Cuisine) April 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This looks delicious. I love both coconut and lime, so I can’t wait to make this!


5 elly April 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Awesome, so glad you liked it!


6 Kate April 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

Coconut and lime? Yes! Please!


7 Mm July 27, 2013 at 2:16 am



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