Carrot Coconut Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

This last week was Teacher Appreciation week at my kids’ school. For every day of the week, the students were asked to give or do something for their teachers. Of course one day was “bring your teacher a treat” day. I wanted to give my boys’ teachers something yummy that was a little different from the norm. Mini loaves are perfect gifts but I’m so tired of banana bread. Introducing carrot coconut bread!
This is seriously the BEST. BREAD. EVER. It’s super moist and flavorful! It tastes just like carrot cake but in bread form. I love that instead of nuts, this has coconut. It gives it a great texture and crunch. I can’t praise this bread enough! Please do yourself a favor and make this bread as soon as you possibly can. You will LOVE it!
The cream cheese glaze is to die for. My boys fought over who got to lick the bowl. 😉
Carrot Coconut Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (I added a little more to make mine a bit thicker)
  • 1-1/2 oz (or 3 Tbsp) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fat free milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut. Set aside.
  2. In another medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: oil, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in the carrots.
  3. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. Use a 9 by 5-inch pan or three 6 by 3-inch pan, lightly greased. Bake for 55 minutes for a standard loaf, and 35 to 40 minutes for mini loaves. Let fully cool before removing from the pan.
  4. For glaze: whisk all glaze ingredients in a small bowl until fully combined and then drizzle on top of loaf(s). Enjoy!!
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    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my lips…This bread looks amazing. New GFC and bloglovin follower here, and I know I’ll be pinning your posts nonstop! YUMMMM.
    PS – If you’d like to join me at Meet & Greet and link up your blog, we’d love to see you there!

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    I tried to post a comment earlier, but it didn’t stick. So I came back. I’m a new follower via bloglovin and GFC. I know I’ll be visiting your blog often, because it is AWESOME. This bread made my mouth water earlier today when I first saw it. And it’s making me hungry right now!
    PS – We’d love to see you at Meet & Greet, if you want to join us and link up your blog. =0)

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    Keia Blake says

    wow I am going to have to try this recipe soon! I found via Lets Get Social Sunday and I’m sure glad I did! I am your newest follower :)
    Keia @

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    This looks absolutely delicious. I will have to try this recipe out soon.

    Thank you for joining in with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again next week

    Laura x x x

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    Rebecca Fronek says

    Mmmmm! That looks amazing. Found you over on Miz Helen’s Country Cottage linky party.

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    Melissa Whitcher says

    This looks wonderful Jen! I love how you added the carrots and coconut- It’s almost like carrot cake in a loaf. I’ll be trying this one soon! :)

    Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I’m sure my followers would love to see this wonderful recipe too. Hope to see you soon!


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    Linda Nortje says

    From a coconut addict – this looks awesome! Love the recipe, Jen :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

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    jhrivers says

    This looks yummy! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

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    Krista says

    Congrats on the feature! This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of coconut.. and its looks even better with a carrot base.. yum!

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    Linda Whitehead Moore says

    This sounds delish! I found you at Love and Laundry Weekend. Nice feature. Cannot wait to make this bread.
    We are having a party Saturday at Tumbleweed Contessa with Call Me PMc and Hammock Tracks featuring breads. I would love it if you brought this over to Saturday Dishes. It would be a great hit.
    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Tumbleweed Contessa

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    Terry I. says

    This recipe sounds delicious and can hardly wait to try it! I am going Gluten free and wondering if I can substitute a GL flour for the regular flour? and if possible, do I need more or less? thank you so much, I SO want to make the recipe.

    thank you in advance!


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