AKWADU – Banana Coconut Bake

Serves 5-6

This dish is enjoyed in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, either for breakfast or dessert. It’s very simple, but the flavour combination is delicious. We made it for African Heritage Month, February — warm tropical flavours in the dead of the Nova Scotian winter.

Kitchen equipment

  • Baking dish big enough to hold bananas in one layer
  • Knife, cutting board
  • Measuring cup, measuring spoons
  • Juicer


  • 5 medium bananas
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut bananas crosswise into halves.
  3. Cut each half lengthwise into halves and arrange in greased baking dish.
  4. Dot with margarine or butter and drizzle with orange and lemon juices.
  5. Sprinkle with brown sugar and coconut.
  6. Bake until coconut is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. If the coconut hasn’t toasted, you can run it under the broiler very briefly, not too close, and watching carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  7. Serve immediately. If you let them sit for even a few minutes, the bananas will begin to turn black — still delicious, but they won’t look nearly as appetizing.

Found on many websites and in African cookbooks

We served our Akwadu with a dollop of whipped coconut cream.


5 thoughts on “AKWADU – Banana Coconut Bake

  1. Pingback: Almond Cookies |

  2. Pingback: Halifax Supper Club, Feb. 2016 |

  3. Pingback: Lunch Club #3, 2016 | Club Inclusion Cooks

  4. Pingback: Halifax Supper Club, African Heritage Month, Feb. 2017 | Club Inclusion Cooks

  5. Pingback: Saturday Supper Club, Feb. 2018 | Club Inclusion Cooks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s