Almond Joy Banana Bread

I can’t seem to stop buying bananas.
It is probably safe to say they are my favorite fruit.
Almond Joy Banana Bread - banana bread gets a fun tropical twist from coconut and Almond Joy candy pieces
Every single time we are at the store and they have the “baking” bananas super cheap,
we come home with at least 6 or more bunches + some green ones to eat right away.
Most of the baking bananas get peeled, chopped, and frozen right away for green smoothies.
But I usually set aside at least 4 ripe bananas…
you know to get really good and dark.
To get the best flavor in your baked goods,
the bananas have to be dark…not spotty…like black dark.
Totally grosses me out when I am peeling them,
but I love the way it makes bread and muffins taste.
Oh yum!!!
Almond Joy Banana Bread - banana bread gets a fun tropical twist from coconut and Almond Joy candy pieces
I bought a bag of Almond Joy pieces too!
The idea for bananas and almond joy had been swirling in my head for awhile.
Coconut is a huge addiction for me.
I love to add it to everything.
It has found its way into cookies, bars, and cheesecake.
My kids don’t even bat an eye anymore when they taste the coconut in stuff!
One point for mom in that category…
totally proves that if you keep offering the same food to your kids,
eventually they will eat it and even like it:-)
Almond Joy Banana Bread - banana bread gets a fun tropical twist from coconut and Almond Joy candy pieces

So I knew that I wanted to mix some banana with my favorite candies.

The first thing I thought of was cookies…but then I had an intense craving for banana bread.
I opened the bag of candies, even had a handful headed toward my mouth,
when I realized that I could have my bread and my candies together still!
If I can make Java Twix Banana Bread, why not Almond Joy banana bread?

Almond Joy Banana Bread - banana bread gets a fun tropical twist from coconut and Almond Joy candy pieces

I am so glad that I made this because
after tasting it…I have to say it is one of my favorite breads.

Dense, banana-ey, full of coconut, and yummy candy…
anyone want to come over for coffee and help me devour the rest???


Almond Joy Banana Bread

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Almond Joy Banana Bread

Banana bread gets a fun tropical twist by adding coconut and Almond Joy candy pieces. The candy gives it a fun pop of color.


3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups coconut, divided
1/2 cups chopped almonds
1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips
1 cup Almond Joy Pieces the round candies in a bag)


  1. In a bowl, sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs, banana, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture until all is incorporated. Stir in the miniature chips, candies, almonds, and 1 c. coconut.
  3. Grease a 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 pan and fill with the batter. Sprinkle with the extra 1/4 c. coconut. Bake at 350* for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 325* and bake an extra 10 minutes, if needed. Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before releasing from the pan. Cool completely before cutting. Keep covered.


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  1. says

    Oh my family would love this. You know that I don’t care for coconut (hate it) but my husband and kids eat Almond Joy’s like they are going out of style.I may just have to make this as a surprise. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Jocelyn, all of your almond joy recipes have me craving coconut this second. I love coconut. And paired with chocolate AND banana is pure heaven. I love jazzed up banana breads – there are so many ways to dress it up with delicious flavors! This is a winner recipe that I’m saving, I just LOVE the looks and sounds of it!

  3. says

    Aaaaaand this is why I love coming to your blog, Jocelyn! The knowledge that I’ll stop by and see Almond Joys inside of banana bread and that I know you are obsessed with coconut as much as I am! Seriously, this is genius! Never would have crossed my mind to stuff banana bread with candy pieces and a liberal sprinkling of coconut :) I bet this tastes redonkulous straight out of the oven–and I’d bet I’d be burning myself silly just trying to fork it all in straight away. YUMMMMM.

    • says

      I love that you come by my blog all the time…you are the best!!! I thought of you when I posted this because I know how addicted you are to coconut!!! And I would probably let it cool just a bit before digging it…your mouth will thank you for that tid bit:-)

  4. says

    I’ll be right over…I’ll even bring the coffee 😉 This looks so fabulous – there are bananas on my counter right now…putting Almond Joy pieces on my grocery list! I love the pic with the view from the top :)

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  5. says

    I’m slightly addicted to coconut myself! This banana bread looks sooo good. I love the blue form the Almond Joy pieces. Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up.

  6. says

    What a good looking bread! I love coconut, luckily my kids do too! The bread looks so moist and I love the bright blue dots from the candies! I really, really wish that bread was here now. It would be lovely with my coffee! On my grocery list: Almond Joy Candies and overripe bananas!

  7. says

    Interesting – not sure about the blue bits.
    Glad I found you through It’s a Keeper’s linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  8. says

    This week on Food on Friday, we are collecting ideas for using bananas. Would you be happy to link this in? Here is the link .
    PS I found this via It’s a Keeper

  9. says

    I made this today. I made all muffins so I could pass them out easily at the ball game tonight. It made 30! I had to taste one while still warm. So yummy! The 28 minutes was right on the money, my oven was 350 degrees. Thanks!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I love when my store puts out their baking banana sign. It means it is time to bake with bananas for another week straight! This bread was one of my favorites…I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Kay says

    Does anyone besides me find it hard to eat something with blue and green candy in it? The first time I saw brownies with M&M’s I thought the green was mold. I remember telling my husband to not eat any of them. He laughed after he saw them and said that is M&M’s in there. But I can’t help it. I prefer to eat M&M’s out of my hand not mixed in something. Same with Almond Joy pieces, I really prefer the candy bar. Recipe sounds great though.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      It is quite all right to have an eating preference. I happen to like candy in just about anything :-) This bread will still be just as delicious if you leave out the offending candy pieces.


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