Delicious Hawaiian Banana Bread: A Tropical Twist on a Classic Favorite

Yeah we all love to eat banana bread here on the islands, one of the popular Hawaiian food dishes to eat on the island and better if you put a cool tropical spin with it. First we have so many amazing bananas to choose from in Hawaii to make our banana bread and not just stick to the basic Cavendish, ice cream and so many other varieties available on the islands. The tropical versions using apple bananas, red varieties give off so much more flavor and sweetness to our banana breads here in Hawaii. We can make some really amazing Hawaiian style banana bread on the islands whether you stick to a classic style of want to add some interesting ingredients with the videos below.

In any case banana bread is that fantastic All-American comfort food we all crave and can you imagine a whole house that is warm and smells so good with fresh baked banana bread?

Hawaiian style banana bread
Try some local Hawaiian style banana bread and recipes

Easy to make and healthy banana bread

Delicious home made Hawaiian style banana bread

Even if you are a novice, banana bread maker, it is relatively easy and requires just a few ingredients. Bananas, flour, eggs, oil, milk and other baking essentials.

If you want to make a healthier version of this, use 100 percent whole wheat flour instead of refined flour. Also you can substitute naturally sweetened honey and a healthier oil

Hawaiian banana bread recipe

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Let’s start with a classic banana bread recipe using healthy ingredients

1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour or regular flour

1/3 cup vegetable, olive oil or coconut oil

2 eggs

1 cup of mashed bananas approximately 2 large bananas –(double for the smaller apple banana varieties)

½ cup honey

1/4 cup of milk or water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

Optional ingredients

Mix in any of your favorites of ½ cup nuts (how about macadamia nuts) raisins, chocolate chips,  chopped dried fruit

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Basic Instructions

Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan thoroughly using any of the above oil and pre set your oven at 325 degrees.

Using a large bowl combine oil and honey and mix together. Eventually add the eggs and beat well.

Add the mashed bananas and milk or water and mix well

Let the mixture rest for a few minutes while you get your other ingredients ready to add

Adding vanilla extract to banana bread
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Eventually add the vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and mix in well so the dry ingredients blend

Stir in the flour and mix in well

mixing flour into wet ingredients to banana bread

Last step is to slowly blend in the rest of the optional ingredients to the mixture

Pour in the batter into your greased pan and you can add more cinnamon sprinkles on top

Bake your banana bread approximately 60 minutes and use the toothpick inserted in mixture to test for any sticky wetness.

Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes

Transfer to a wire rack to cool another 20 minutes and then slice it up to eat!

pouring banana bread batter

Storing your banana bread

On the kitchen countertop, banana bread can last for a few days or can keep up to a week in the refrigerator. You can also freeze banana bread (cut them ahead of time before freezing so it is easier to eat immediately after warming)

wet ingredients to banana bread

Oil options and flavor profile

You can use any of the oils above for a healthier option. Coconut oil is definitely a nice option with some of the tropical addition and healthy anti-oxidants, olive oil leaves a more nutty herbal note and vegetable oil is neutral in flavor

Dairy free version

You can substitute water or almond milk instead of milk

Banana bread from the oven
Hawaii banana bread

Vegan version

Use maple syrup instead of honey and flax eggs instead of regular eggs and last choose non-dairy milk or water

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Fresh banana bread from the oven
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Conclusion on Hawaiian Banana Bread

Hawaiian banana bread is a delectable treat that combines the sweetness of ripe bananas with the exotic flavors of the Hawaiian islands. With its moist and tender texture, it offers a delightful twist on the traditional banana bread recipe. The addition of tropical ingredients such as coconut, macadamia nuts, or pineapple takes this beloved baked good to a whole new level, transporting your taste buds to a paradise of flavors. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast indulgence or a comforting snack, Hawaiian banana bread is sure to satisfy your cravings and bring a touch of the tropics to your kitchen.

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  1. Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    The best banana bread I ever had was from the Royal Hawaiian hotel, eaten on the beach in the sand in the early morning with coffee. It was divine! I’ll be trying this recipe in an attempt to recapture that moment.

    • emorata

      Nice digs for eating that Hawaiian style banana bread Carole

  2. Karen Warren

    Interesting that you have lots of different bananas to choose from. I’ve never been a fan of bananas, but I’ve only ever tried one type – you never know, I might like one of the others…

    • emorata

      Yes all these types of bananas can be used to make Hawaiian banana bread

  3. Lori

    We’ve been making banana bread for years using just a couple of recipes. This one will be the next, yum;)

    • emorata

      Definitely lots of options on ingredients for making Hawaiian banana bread here.

  4. Darla

    I love how you included so many options for adding toppings and adapting it to vegan!

    • emorata

      Yes, there’s so many fantastic options to doing Hawaiian style banana bread. Hope you can try some.

  5. Kemkem

    I am so trying this Hawaiian bread tomorrow. I just made my very first loaf of banana bread last week and was making another. I am going to add walnuts and cinnamon. I just wish l had coconut, but l’m sure it will still be awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • emorata

      Awesome, there’s plenty of options with doing Hawaiian style banana bread

  6. Jeff & Crystal Bryant

    That Hawaiian style banana bread looks absolutely delectable. I love the idea of taking a slice and adding some homemade preserves. That would make for a great little snack or an addition to a hearty breakfast.

    • emorata

      Yes homemade jam on Hawaiian banana bread is soooo ono or delicious

  7. Jackie Smith

    Oh another good use for Macadamia nuts! My mouth is watering!!

    • emorata

      Yes macadamia nuts is perfect for Hawaiian style banana bread.

  8. Sabine

    This banana bread looks really yum. Never thought of adding nuts (like Macadamia nuts) and chocolate chips. I guess that will enhance the flavour quite a bit.

    • emorata

      You can use ingredients that work in your pantry but this Hawaiian style banana bread definitely uses all the right local ingredients.



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