What's Baking: Blood Orange Coconut Bread

Blood Orange Coconut Bread || A Less Processed Life

The one thing that helps me make it through the long winter (aside from cozy sweaters and warm blankets) is all the citrus fruit that floods the local market. Grapefruits, clementines, tangelos, multiple types of oranges ... if it's sweet and citrusy, send it my way.

Blood Orange Coconut Bread || A Less Processed Life

Recently blood oranges were on sale and I couldn't help but pick up a few. In years' past blood oranges have made their way into recipes for old-fashioned cocktails, bundt cake, salad, salad dressing, and poppy seed muffins. Hmm, apparently I really like blood oranges!

Blood Orange Coconut Bread || A Less Processed Life

This time around I used the juice and zest from a blood orange in this healthy coconut quick bread. Because it uses a small amount of oil, it is not the most moist quick bread I've ever baked, but I think that could be resolved with a generous swipe of your favorite butter. The citrus flavor really shines in this bread and is complemented by the tropical flavor of the coconut. 

Blood Orange Coconut Bread || A Less Processed Life

Is it as good as being at the beach? Ummm, maybe not. But it's a rather budget-friendly, and tastebud-tantalizing substitute.

Blood Orange Coconut Bread (printer-friendly version)
makes one 8-inch loaf

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons fresh blood orange zest
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 large egg
1/4 cup 1% organic milk
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract [optional]
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 teaspoons coarse raw sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-by-4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, orange zest, baking soda, salt, and shredded coconut.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, coconut oil, and egg. Then stir in the milk, yogurt, orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange extract (if using).
4. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture. Add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
5. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. 

Blood Orange Coconut Bread || A Less Processed Life

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