Sweet Coconut Bread

5 from 4 votes

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Coconut Bread is a moist coconutty bread with a hint of almond. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or just for a sweet treat!

Close up of Sliced Coconut Almond Bread on a white tray.

Sweet Coconut Bread

If you are anything like me and are crazy about coconut, you are going to love this! This bread is so incredibly delicious. One of my favorite sweet breads, if not my favorite. I mean, it’s everything an Almond Joy offers (minus the chocolate) in bread form. It’s just a great flavor combination. And the texture is amazing. You will want to eat it all the time — it works well for dessert or a snack.

Are There Any Substitution Options?

Reader comments on our post have raised a few questions about substitutions. For example, several people have asked about the possibility of subbing out the shortening in favor of something else. If you don’t have shortening in the house, or just don’t want to use it, you can always use butter in its place. Or, as some have suggested, coconut oil.

Another question is about the buttermilk. Since buttermilk is not something everyone keeps on hand, you can actually make your own. Simply put 1 Tablespoon of vinegar into a measuring cup then fill to the one cup line with milk. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then stir. Voila! Buttermilk substitution.

Be sure to use shredded coconut. We use the sweetened coconut flakes. Natural coconut flakes would work, it will just be less sweet.

Even More Sweet Bread Recipes

Since you can never really have too much of a good thing, here are a few more recipes for our favorite sweet breads.

  • Mom’s Zucchini Bread is a no-fail, flavorful and really easy recipe. Moist and flavorful on the inside with a slightly crispy crust outside.
  • Homemade Banana Bread gives the aroma you love and the delicious banana bread flavor you crave.
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is perfectly dense and moist, just how good pumpkin bread should be.
  • Sally Lunn Bread is a family favorite, passed down through generations and is always warm, sweet and satisfying.
Close up of Sliced Coconut Almond Bread on a white tray.

Sweet Coconut Bread

5 from 4 votes
Sweet Coconut Bread is a moist coconutty bread with a hint of almond. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or just for a sweet treat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Bread loaf pan



  • Beat eggs, sugar, shortening, and extract together.
  • Slowly mix in buttermilk and dry ingredients.
  • Pour into a bread pan coated in cooking spray.
  • Bake for 60 to 70 minutes at 325 degrees until knife comes out clean.
  • While baking boil sugar and water for a few minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add butter and extract.
  • Pour over cooked bread and let set for two hours before removing from pan.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 607kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 11gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 4gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Coconut and almond were meant to be together! This bread was huge hit with my bunch, the perfect sweet treat!

  2. Sounds soooo good , love coconut and almond . And No chocolate ! Win win . Will have to try it this weekend .

    1. Almond flour typically makes breads like this very dry. Are you trying to make it GF? I would suggest using a GF mixed flour for better results. We like using Namaste flour from Costco. You can use it 1:1 in any recipe.

  3. It’s not really “bread,” it’s a loaf cake, and it’s delicious! It came out a little crumbly so I was wondering how long I should mix the eggs, sugar and shortening together, and how long should I mix after the addition of the other ingredients.

    1. You actually don’t want to over mix everything. Just until there aren’t any lumps. Hope this helps!

  4. I’m dying to try this – it looks so delicious!
    I have one question though – Is the bread warm when you pour the topping over? Is the topping warm too?

  5. Hi.. I want to make this bread but im confused. On the ingredients says 1/2 c coconut but what kind? Coconut flour or shredded coconut? Can someone help me. Thank you

  6. What do you mean by 1/2 c coconut? I assume that is shredded coconut, correct? Sweetened or natural?

    1. Yes, it is shredded coconut. We use the sweetened coconut flakes you can purchase at most grocery stores. Natural coconut flakes would also work, it just would be less sweet.

  7. I have made this with the Amish Friendship Starter. Yummy, it is a different twist. Very tasty, indeed.

  8. I don’t have any buttermilk. Can I substitute sour cream for the buttermilk? Also, can I use canola oil instead of shortening?

    1. You can make buttermilk. Put 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a measuring cup. Fill to one cup line with milk. Let it sit for a couple of minutes & then stir.

  9. Anyway to sub out the shortening? I try not to keep the stuff around at all! Sounds lovely, would love to make some as I love both almonds and

    1. You can always use butter instead of shortening. I would search shortening substitutions online for more, healthier options.

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  11. I made this because my 8 yr old son LOVES coconut. Oh My Goodness! It was SO good. We about foundered on it. We will definitely be making this again! Love it! And I totally LOVE your site! Thank you!!

  12. Uh, seriously!? Only my two favorite flavors in a BREAD! Yes. This will be made this weekend…I mean, how could I resist!?! Mmmmm!!!