Hawaiian mango bread

This Hawaiian mango bread gives you a taste of the Hawaiian islands. With fresh mango incorporated into the bread, it’s sure to please any mango lover!

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!

Hawaiian mango bread
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3.50 from 2 votes

Hawaiian mango bread

This mango bread will make you think of the Hawaiian islands. With fresh mango incorporated into the bread, it's sure to please any mango fan!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian
Keyword: Bread, Breakfast
Servings: 12
Author: Eva Bakes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Variation: Mango Banana Bread – Replace 1 cup of mango with 1 cup mashed banana
Source: A Dash of Sugar and Spice

32 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 17, 2012 / 2:58 am

    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. 😀

  2. Rose
    May 17, 2012 / 3:19 pm

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

  3. Cathy
    May 17, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    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. MyFudo™
    May 18, 2012 / 10:26 am

    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. VA DE PAN
    May 18, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    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. Choc Chip Uru
    May 18, 2012 / 11:57 pm

    I love the way you think 'Always room for dessert' :DYour blog is beautiful and this bread stunning – I think I will be visiting a lot more :)CheersChoc Chip Uru

  7. Rose
    May 19, 2012 / 12:39 pm

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

    • Eva
      May 19, 2012 / 4:16 pm

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

  8. liz smith
    June 3, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    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.

    • Eva
      June 4, 2012 / 5:25 pm

      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. Steve
    May 24, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    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!

    • Eva
      June 11, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      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. Yvonne Thorn
    September 9, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Eva
      September 10, 2015 / 12:29 am

      Yay! Please let me know how it turned out!

  11. Ruth Blank
    June 18, 2022 / 12:26 am

    We retired to Oahu 9 months ago, and our home has a large Mango tree! Yes, you can dream, and dreams can become reality! I will be making this recipe as soon as the tree produces fruit – and it is starting to do so!

    • evabakes
      Author
      June 18, 2022 / 6:33 am

      I am so jealous about your retirement to Oahu and your mango tree! Hope you enjoy this bread once your tree produces some fruit!

      • Ruth Blank
        June 26, 2022 / 1:22 am

        5 stars
        Five stars for delicious mango bread!!! Everyone loves it from our one year old granddaughter to my 77 year old hubs. I mashed up the mango since it was a bit over ripe and mushy in spots. So a combo of mango puree and mango chunks makes it so yummy! I also added chopped pecans since I had forgotten the macadamia nuts. (Next time!) I had to bake it an extra 20 minutes because of the puree, which made for delicious edges. So if you finally get to move to Kailua, I would love to bring you some mangos and some bread – we are in Kaneohe!

        • evabakes
          Author
          June 26, 2022 / 9:21 am

          Oooh, that sounds amazing, Ruth! Love the addition of mango purée and chunks!

  12. Duaina Robinson Fejerang
    September 21, 2022 / 1:30 pm

    We lived in Honolulu 9 years thanks to the Navy, and always loved mango bread. This is the closest to the best! Thank you for sharing!

    • evabakes
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 8:33 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Duaina!

  13. Patrice Freitas-Tuzon
    May 29, 2023 / 4:31 am

    I live in Makawao, Maui and it is mango season right now. My husband has been bringing home mangoes 🥭 by the buckets. I love mango and always try to make mango bread, mango salsa or just fresh and cold from the refrigerator! As we say in Hawaii, “so ono (good)” I was going to say another thing you could add to this lovely recipe are some chopped walnuts raisins or coconut flakes which always gives mango bread another layer of goodness! Enjoy & aloha! 🌈🌺🌴🤙🏼

    • evabakes
      Author
      May 29, 2023 / 5:10 pm

      Oh, how I wish I had a mango tree! We lived in Kailua (Oahu) last summer and sadly did not have a mango tree at the rental house. I am so jealous of all the beautiful mangoes. Mahalo for sharing your recommendations for the chopped raisins, walnuts or coconut flakes. Aloha!

  14. Jane M
    June 18, 2023 / 11:28 am

    2 stars
    Followed recipe and added toasted coconut- it had very little flavor. It tasted like a mild spice cake with mangos thrown in. Very disappointed. I lived in Hawaii and now in Florida where there are lots of mangos- have had better mango breads and cakes so will try another recipe.

    • evabakes
      Author
      June 18, 2023 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks for trying it, Jane!

    • cau
      May 18, 2024 / 9:58 pm

      The type of mangos make a difference. Use ripe Hayden mangoes.

      • evabakes
        Author
        May 20, 2024 / 11:59 am

        Sadly, where I live, I don’t have a choice in the type of mangoes. I wish I lived in an area with the Hayden mangoes!

  15. Tim Patterson
    July 2, 2023 / 7:31 am

    My wife and I have been to Hawaii many times and we have driven the road to Hana several times. We , strictly by chance, stopped in the village of Ke’anae en route and discovered a lady selling mini mango loaves out of her driveway. The best mini loaf of any kind ever. On one our return trips we tried and succeeded in finding the same house and I stopped but No loaves and no lady. Her boyfriend came out of the garage and I told him of our previous visit and asked if his girlfriend was the “mango mini loaf lady. He said she was, although she had stopped selling them but was going to start again. Sounds like a good excuse for another visit.

    • evabakes
      Author
      July 3, 2023 / 9:28 am

      I need to find her the next time I visit Maui!

  16. Nick
    July 2, 2023 / 1:57 pm

    I think you should adjust the time. It should be more like 1:20. There is no way at sea level within one hour that this will be done. Second time trying it and it has collapsed in the middle both times. I sift the flour so perhaps that’s the problem?

    • evabakes
      Author
      July 3, 2023 / 9:30 am

      All ovens are different, so I usually suggest that bakers check their quick breads around the 45 minute mark and add time from there if needed. My oven is finicky, so sometimes quick breads take 45 minutes while others take closer to 1 hour 10 min.

  17. Beverly
    July 8, 2023 / 10:19 pm

    I found this recipe last year, and I have been trying it since. Bread is moist and delicious. Thank you for sharing your baking skills with us

    • evabakes
      Author
      July 9, 2023 / 7:27 am

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the bread, Beverly! Thanks for reading my little blog. 😊

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