Lime-Coconut Quick Bread

Lime-Coconut Quick BreadI had planned to share this amazing coconut bread with you on Monday, however, I got sucked into a vortex of late night binge watching of Orange Is The New Black. So here we are on Thursday, feeling very much unaccomplished for the week but having finished the entire season already. Gah. I can’t even stand it that I did not pace myself. I just can’t help myself, it’s so good and then the next episode is just waiting for you! Do you guys do that too, or just me? Make me feel better and say you do.

Lime-Coconut Quick BreadOh my gosh you guys, this bread is amazing! I wish I could have bottled up the smell in my kitchen while I was making it because it smelled like a delicious tropical paradise. This recipe comes from the very talented Stephanie and her e-cookbook Quick Bread Love. If you haven’t bought this e-book yet, do yourself a favour and get it! It is filled with over 30 awesome recipes for everything quick bread. I basically bookmarked the entire book because everything looks and sounds so good!

This bread is soft and moist, and the interior has a little bit of texture from the shredded coconut. If your not a huge coconut lover (I wasn’t either), not to worry, the bread isn’t overwhelmingly coconut flavoured but rather subtle. The huge punch of flavour comes from the lime glaze and the coconut flakes on top. So definitely do not skip the glaze, it makes this cake.

Lime-Coconut Quick BreadI’m a total coconut lover now.

Lime-Coconut Quick Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

A soft and moist not too sweet coconut lime bread bursting with flavour.


    For the bread
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest, about 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut*
  • For the glaze *
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 scant tablespoons lime juice
  • Topping
  • Lime zest
  • Coconut flakes or shredded coconut (I used unsweetened flakes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, coconut oil and eggs until combined. Whisk in the coconut milk and lime zest.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and shredded coconut until combined. Pour in the the coconut mixture and stir until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lime juice until smooth. Pour or drizzle over completely cooled bread. Top with Lime zest and coconut flakes.
  5. Will keep wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for 2 days.


*I only had unsweetened shredded coconut, so I put the coconut in a small bowl and tossed with about 1 tablespoon water and 1 scant tablespoon sugar and then mixed it into the wet ingredients. This worked perfectly as a substitute. **If you prefer a more drizzled glaze, simply half the recipe for the glaze

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Adapted from Quick Bread Love E-Cookbook.


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  • Mary Sullivan

    I just made this amazing recipe this afternoon just as written. I made a double batch and my husband ate almost half a loaf right out of the oven! The texture and moistness is excellent. We thought it was subtly delicious before the glaze, and with the glaze and it’s wonderful, intense lime flavor, it was phenomenal! Rarely do I make a recipe and have mine turn out to look like the picture, but this did. A winner! (And dairy-free!)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Mary, I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. Happy baking!

  • JH

    It’s in the oven right now!! I’ll let you know what we think of it later on, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. I love coconut and lime together :)

  • Lexi

    I made this last night and it didn’t turn out anything like I hoped it would. It didn’t rise much and it’s not sweet at all, it’s much more like a bread than it is a cake. Without the glaze it’s almost tasteless, except for the sweetened coconut.

    I’ve cooked with coconut milk and oil for years, and I’ve had much better results before, so I’m not sure if I did something wrong or it’s just the recipe. The interior looks just like the picture, and it’s moist, etc., it just doesn’t have much flavor.

  • Chrissy M

    Would this work with coconut flour as well?

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Chrissy, I’ve haven’t tested the recipe so I can’t be sure what the result would be. If you give it a try let me know how it turns out. Good luck! :)

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  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    This has been on my to-do list since getting steph’s book!! Coconut and lime is such a favorite combo of mine.

  • Tina | Mademoiselle Gourmande

    This cake looks so moist and delicious! That’s how I like lemon cakes. I shared a similar recipe the other day with mascarpone.


    Lime and coconut are classics. This look so good! Moist and delicious!

  • MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar

    This cake looks absolutely amazing… so happy to have discovered your blog!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Whoa. A whole can of coconut milk?! I have to try this. It sounds SO good! Gorgeous, too. Love how moist it looks!

  • theviewfromGreatIsland

    Such Beautiful photos! There’s nothing better than a good coconut bread, and when you add in the lime, well, I can’t resist.

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    This is a delicious looking bread!!

  • Olivia Ribas

    Looks so delicious. My mouth is watering right now 😉

  • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

    Thanks Amber, I hope you get to making this and enjoy it! Yes, it’s definitely a bit addictive but luckily it’s only 13 episodes. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron

    We are on episode 4 of Orange is the New Black, but I would totally binge on it but my hubby would kill me if I watched it without him! This bread looks so delish, lime & coconut is the perfect summery flavor combo :)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Lol, you definitely have more self control than me, I don’t think I could wait :) Thanks Denise!

  • Sam

    This looks great! I watched the whole season of OITNB on Saturday so you paced yourself better than I did. It’s just too good!

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Lol, thanks Sam! I honestly would probably do the same but the kids have to eat, lol.

  • Tutti Dolci

    What an incredible bread, love the lime and coconut!

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    This looks amazing! Steph has the best recipes. And double glaze is always the right choice :)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Yes! Love that you went double on the glaze. Very smart decision. :) So glad you like the book, friend! xo

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Double glaze for life! Thanks so much for do many awesome recipes!

  • Averie Cooks

    I made some lime + coconut bars a couple months ago and the flavor was so good. I imagine your bread is just amazing! pinned

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks, Averie! Coconut and lime is definitely a wining combo.