Trinidad Coconut Sweet Bread

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Coconut Sweet Bread

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over and it’s another Christmas in 2 more months? It feels like just yesterday I was wrapping up Christmas gifts for my kids’ teachers last year and it’s already time for yet another one!

Sweet Bread

When I first started baking in 2008, this vegan Christmas fruitcakeVegan Christmas Fruitcake was my first take on a fruitcake recipe.

Coconut Sweet Bread

Ever since I have baked the vegan fruitcake quite a few times and have also tried a variety of other fruitcake themed/based deserts during Christmas like these fruitcake bars, Christmas fruitcake cookies, and coconut fruitcake cookies.

Coconut Sweet Bread Recipe

One of the years I baked these red and green coconut macaroon cookies too during the Christmas holidays.

Holiday baking has always been a very exciting and interesting season for me. I take the opportunity to bake a lot of new desserts. Sometimes I straight away try the recipe during the season and sometimes I try it beforehand and make some tweaks and changes and make it again in December.

This Trinidad coconut sweet bread recipe is one such recipe that I decided to try it now before I can bake it again during Christmas this year.

I had a few packets of shredded coconut, and candied peel too at home and wanted to try a different variety of fruitcake to bake this Christmas instead of the usual one I make.

Indian Coconut Bread Recipe

That’s when I landed on this Trinidad Coconut sweet bread and even though it’s technically a quick bread recipe I decided to give it a try because I wanted to bake something different rather a different take on the usual fruitcakes.

Coconut Sweet Bread

I’m glad that I tried this recipe because it was a huge hit home with everybody at home. Even though it’s a big recipe which yields two big loaves the slices were over in no time because the kids kept devouring it.

How To Make Delicious Trinidad Coconut Sweet Bread?

Here is the step-by-step instructions to make simple coconut sweet bread from scratch.

In Large Bowl Sift Ingredients In Part
1. In Large Bowl Sift Ingredients In Part.
To Flour Mix Add Sugar And Dried Fruits
2. To Flour Mix Add Sugar And Dried Fruits.
Add The Chopped Pecans
3. Add The Chopped Pecans.
Add Shredded Coconut
4. Add Shredded Coconut.
Add Ground Cinnamon And Nutmeg
5. Add Ground Cinnamon And Nutmeg.
Mix All Dry Ingredients Well
6. Mix All Dry Ingredients Well.
Mix All Wet Ingredients Part 4 In A Bowl
7. Mix All Wet Ingredients Part 4 In A Bowl.
Pour Wet Mix Into Flour Mixture
8. Pour Wet Mix Into Flour Mixture.
Mix With Spatula To Form Bread Dough
9. Mix With Spatula To Form Bread Dough.
Divide Batter In Prepared Pans
10. Divide Batter In Prepared Pans.
Bake At 325F For 50 To 60 Mins
11. Bake At 325F For 50 To 60 Mins.
Slice Bread When Cool Completely
12. Slice Bread When Cool Completely.
Wrap Individual Loaf And Gift It
13. Wrap Individual Loaf And Gift It.

Trinidad Coconut Sweet Bread Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
30 Mins1 Hr2 Loaves, 14 Slices Each (Total 28 Slices)
Trinidad Coconut Sweet Bread
5.0 from 1 reviews
Try a different take on Christmas fruitcake this year by baking this delicious Trinidad Coconut Sweet bread that’s loaded with coconut, dried fruits and nuts.
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups candied peel (or chopped dried mixed fruit)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup raisins/sultana
  • 3 cups shredded coconut (See My Notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1 and 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease 2 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. Stir in the sugar, candied peel, raisins, and pecans, blend evenly.
  4. Add coconut, cinnamon, and grated nutmeg and stir well.
  5. In another bowl combine the kefir, milk, cooled melted butter, and essences. Mix well.
  6. Make a well in the flour mixture.
  7. Pour the wet mix into the well and stir with a spoon. The batter will be heavy and the mixture will be fairly stiff.
  8. Don’t over-knead or else the bread will be tough. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  9. Divide the batter between 2 non-stick or greased loaf tins.
  10. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes. After about the first 30 minutes cover the loaves with aluminum foil so that the outside of the bread doesn’t bake quicker and turn brown than the inside and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick/skewer inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
  1. This sweet coconut bread was absolutely delicious! The taste and flavor of the coconut, crunchy texture of the nuts, chewiness from the candied peel made a perfect combination.
  2. This Trinidad sweet bread tasted very similar to Christmas fruitcake but only even better because of the addition of coconut.
My Notes:
  1. The original recipe had used fresh coconut but I substituted it with dried coconut available in the baking aisle. I used an equal amount of sweetened and unsweetened variety.
  2. I have used 1/2 cup of kefir as an egg substitute in place of the 2 eggs used in the original recipe. I had kefir at home so used it. You can also use yogurt instead.
  3. As I was test baking for Christmas season, I baked this Trinidad sweet bread recipe in small loaf pans so that wrapping up the individual loaf and sharing it with friends would be easier.
Nutrition Facts
Trinidad Coconut Sweet Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305Servings 28
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.4g15%
Saturated Fat 8.1g41%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 204mg4%
Total Carbohydrates 49.4g18%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g10%
Sugars 20.6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin D 13mcg63%
Calcium 63mg5%
Iron 1mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Heather

    This recipe appeared as a vegan option. Can you please assist me with the substitutions which would allow me to make it. Thank you so much.

    • Madhuram

      Hi Heather, you can use oil of your choice instead of melted butter and for the kefir and evaporated milk, you can use 2 cups of non dairy milk and 1 teaspoon of apple-cider vinegar.

  2. Charmaine

    Lastnight, I made this sweetbread. I replaced the granulated sugar with brown sugar, evaporated milk with 1/4 cup condensed and 2 cups fresh coconut milk, unsalted butter with margarine, candied cherries/an overripe banana/prunes replaced the candied peel and pecans, vanilla essence for the extracts, and had no kefir. There is a lot to enjoy and it is delish!!!

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Charmaine.