Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hawaiian mango bread

Those who are close to me know that I am absolutely in love... with the Hawaiian Islands!  Well, that and my husband and daughter, of course!  But that's to go without saying. My husband and I have visited Hawaii on three separate occasions, with our inaugural trip during our honeymoon. We fell in love with the island so much that we are determined to retire there. Hey, we can dream, right?

One of the highlights of our trip to Maui was this little roadside stand on the way to Hana.  We were embarking on the famous Road to Hana and heard that we absolutely had to take a pit stop near the beginning to a little fruit stand. We bought a loaf of banana bread and some ordered-to-cut fresh pineapple. Little did we know that the little road stand would change our lives forever.

The pineapple was so fresh and sweet that it almost tasted like it was spiked with rum! The juices in the fruit started caramelizing a bit that we could faintly taste the fermentation of alcohol.  To this day, we still have not had pineapple as good as the one sold by that one fruit stand.

And the banana bread was out of this world! It was full of banana flavor, super moist, and practically melted in our mouths. I haven't found a recipe that has even come close to imitating it, and I hope that I do find it one day. While doing a search for Hawaiian banana bread, I came across this mango bread recipe on A Dash of Sugar and Spice that I knew I had to try. If I couldn't have my Hawaiian banana bread, then I would have to try another recipe from the islands!  This mango bread recipe comes from a Hawaiian cookbook, so I knew that it would taste authentic.

The bread is super moist, and the mango has a bit of tartness that is nicely counterbalanced by the brown and white sugar. I immediately think of palm trees, sandy beaches and fruity drinks when I take a bite of this bread. In fact, I think I could eat this all day long! If you want, you could even substitute 1 cup of the mango and replace it with banana to make this a mango banana bread.

Since we're not in Hawaii right now, this is a perfect way to bring the islands to us! Aloha!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (I didn't have any, so I omitted)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups diced mango, about 3 mangoes (I used two large mangoes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan.

Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine and make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. 

Add the eggs, oil, sugars, vanilla, and mango to the well. Stir to combine, until just mixed. Pour into the loaf pan. 

Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Variation: Mango Banana BreadReplace 1 cup of mango with 1 cup mashed banana

Yield: One loaf


  1. Oh, I love mango! I never thought to put it into a bread. I have never been to Hawaii, and I'm sure I won't anytime soon. But, this bread looks like the next best thing. Yum. :D

  2. This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it =)

  3. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon too. DH keeps saying he wants to go back. He would love this, since he's a mango fanatic!

  4. Never been to Hawaii but I think this recipe can bring me to its rich cuisine and wonderful tropical fruit plantations. My husband is the one more eager, and continuously injects in almost every conversation that we plan a Hawaiian escapade. Not very soon, but yup, we can dream! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  5. II love homemadebraed and I've never tasted a mango one. Looks so yummy and seems to be so tasty!!!!!! I love mango, so, I'm adding this recipe to my "must try" pile!!!!!

  6. I love the way you think 'Always room for dessert' :D
    Your blog is beautiful and this bread stunning - I think I will be visiting a lot more :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. I just made this yesterday; it was really good!! Guess you know what I had for breakfast...

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I also had mango bread for breakfast. Yum!

  8. i live on the road to hana! and yes, i'm going to make this bread! my neighbors just dropped off two bags of mangos. i hope it works with whole wheat flour since i'm out of white. i have more hawaiian recipes on my blog too if you want to check it out.

    1. Aloha, Liz! I am so jealous that you live on the Road to Hana. I checked out your blog and hope to make some of your recipes soon.

  9. My Mom used to make me mango bread when we lived in Honolulu. Can't wait to try this. Going to make it today as I have some ripe mangos. Mahalo!

    1. So jealous that you lived in Honolulu! I hope to retire in the Kailua area some day. Hope this bread brings you back some good memories of the islands.

  10. I had some mango to use and thought a bread would be so nice. I'm glad I found this recipe, however I omitted the brown sugar and added a cup of crushed pineapple. Not sure how it will turn out, but I'm looking forward to trying it out once it's done baking. :)

    1. Yay! Please let me know how it turned out!



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