Hawaiian Banana Bread is a tropical twist on the classic banana bread recipe. It incorporates the sweet flavors of ripe bananas and pineapple, enhanced with a touchof shredded coconut. This delightful bread is moist, flavorful, and easy to make. It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or as a dessert. The addition of pineapple not only adds a unique flavor but also makes the bread incredibly moist.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- 8 ounces crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper. This helps to prevent the bread from sticking and makes it easy to remove after baking.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1 cup of sugar. You can do this using a hand mixer or a stand mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Beat in 2 large eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is well incorporated before adding the next. This helps to create a smooth and well-combined batter.
Stir in the mashed ripe banana and the 8 ounces of crushed pineapple (with its juice). The banana and pineapple not only add flavor but also provide moisture, which is key to the bread’s texture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of salt. This dry mixture will form the base of your bread.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring just until everything is combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to a dense bread.
Fold in 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, which adds a subtle tropical flavor and a bit of texture to the bread.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Baking times may vary slightly depending on your oven and the size of your loaf pan. Keep an eye on the bread as it nears the end of the baking time.
Slice the Hawaiian Banana Bread and serve it warm or at room temperature. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea. You can also toast the slices and serve them with a pat of butter or a drizzle of honey.
- Ripe Bananas: The riper the banana, the sweeter and more flavorful your bread will be.
- Variations: Feel free to add nuts like chopped walnuts or pecans for added texture.
- Storage: This bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature for several days.
- Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 55-60 minutes
- Total Time: About 70-75 minutes
- Calories: Approximately 200-250 per slice (varies depending on the size of the slice)
- Protein: 3-4g per slice
- Sodium: Varies based on the ingredients used
Hawaiian Banana Bread is a delightful and easy-to-make treat that brings a taste of the tropics to your table. Its combination of bananas, pineapple, and coconut results in a bread that is not only flavorful but also incredibly moist and tender. Whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert, this bread is sure to be a hit with both family and friends!