Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread


Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread

Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread
2 loaves
10 Min
1 Hr 15 Min

Get out your grass skirt and let the hula dancing commence! Our Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread is sure to cause a stir when you serve this tropical version of comforting homemade banana bread.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained, with 4 teaspoons liquid reserved
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8- x 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray, then dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir in macadamia nuts. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool on wire racks.

  4. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and reserved pineapple liquid. Drizzle over cooled breads.


  • In Hawaii they'd use macadamia nuts; but pecans or walnuts are more affordable and work just as well.
  • If you enjoy this bread, you'll also love our Amish Banana Bread and our Cherry Nut Bread. Give 'em a try, and check out our website for lots of other easy and tasty bread recipes.
  • Looking for something more portable? Try out our Easy Banana Muffins.
  • This recipe was also one of our Top 10 TV Recipes of 2012! Check out the rest here.

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This Hawaiian- Pineapple Bread is fantastic. Loved it !! its a keeper .Marie

I will me making 40 mini loaves of this bread for luau party gifts .Does it have to be refrigerated....??Can I leave out and for how many days.

Hi there! The Test Kitchen recommends freezing the mini loaves or placing them in the refrigerator if making that many in advance. Enjoy!

Just the name of this bread has my mouth watering! I've never heard of pineapple in bread before. Gotta try this one.

I made this very good even if you freeze it

I just made the Bapple Bread and it was awesome!! You use applesauce in place of the oil and the taste was great!! I was wondering if you could substitute applesauce in the place of the vegetable oil in this recipe? Does anyone know?

This bread is awesome! I served it at two meetings recently and everyone wanted the recipe. It is so moist and flavorful. I will definately be making this one again.

I have made this recipe for YEARS! From "Mr. Food Cooks Like Mama". It has won many awards for me at the state fair.

This bread sounds delicious. I make many sweet breads and add pineapple just for the moistness of the bread.

Many know this, but, very ripe bananas FREEZE beautifully. Peel them and put them in a freezer bag. Then, your day becomes; "I can make that delicious banana bread today." instead of, "Darn, I HAVE to make something with these old bananas!" This recipe is delicious. It makes nicely in one bundt pan, also. Just watch for doneness.

I just signed in and saved the Chocolate Cola Cake recipe but now I cannot save the Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread recipe. That seems to happen quite often. I can't figure it out why SAVE TO MY RECIPE BOOK doesn't show up sometimes...........Karen

Great recipe also great in zucchini bread I use the juice and the pineapple use entire can pineapple juice and all! Moist & delicious! everyone loves it both zucchini and banana bread

Is this a moist cake?

I was also wondering why sometimes I can put a recipe in my recipe box and sometimes the "save" doesn't come up.

If I only want one loaf, cut everything by half.

If I only want to make one loaf just cut everything by half.

My family enjoyed this. I made it today and they ate it all. I only made one loaf to try it. Will make more next time. So good.

Cain't wait to try will let you know


Really good I used a large can of crushed pineapple with about half the juice poured right into the batter also cut up some cherries it was so moist and flavorful

Can the loaves be frozen for later use ?

yes I done it still very good

I just put it together I used I can t belieeve it not butter I ll tell ya how it came out

made this today and it is delicious P Ingram

my husband loves pinapple and banana bread cant wait to try it and i can freeze one for later

This really sounds great, can't wait to try it. Thank you!

I just whipped up this recipe and I had to use 3 -8 x4 pans . I think you could use 2 - 9 x 5 pans which I will try the next time .

Don't hesitate to try this one... reviews help with good ideas ! I too made a few changes, because, two peopletwo loaves too many ! Decided to try it as a cake. Half the recipe using: 2 eggs, 3 bananas, almonds for nuts, banana extract, and the whole 8 oz. can of pineapple. Baked in a lightly smaller than a 13 x 9 inch pan for 35 min. Then topped the cake/bread with half a can of store bought Banana frosting. It's easy and good.... might even become habit forming !

This is my favorite banana bread recipe I have used it for years it is soo good.

My family loves this version of banana bread. However, the next time I make it, before I put it in the oven to bake, I'm going to top it with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. This will replace the frosting.

can I cut the ingredients in half to make just one loaf. I live alone and don't need 2 loaves. Sounds good and can't wait to make it.

Made this with pecans and the last of the maraschino cherries in the fridge and it was OUTSTANDING. The whole family loved it. This is definitely a keeper.

Made this and everyone loved it. I used aplesauce instead of the oil. I will next time add a like more spice.

I love reading other people's ideas on variations of already great recipes. Thanks! Love you and your show! :)

This is a scrumptious version of banana bread. I added 1/2 cup of chopped maraschino cherries. I love the macadamia nuts in it, but I have used toasted pecans often because they grow out in the yard...macadamia nuts are a bit more expensive; they ARE delicious in this particular bread, though.

Just made the Hawaiian Pineapple Banana Bread and I must say it was delicious. Though I did tweek the recipe by not adding the cup of macadamia. Instead, I only added 1/2 cup of the macadamian nuts and 1/2 pecans. I'm sure this recipe didn't need any tweeking but I just changed it because I love pecans! OOH, IT WAS SO GOOD! Thanks Mr. Foods!

Why is it sometimes a recipe can be saves and other times there is no save button ?

scooter 19 i agree with you about the "looks good" comments but i like the change ups that some cooks leave..gives me further recipe ideas

Dear Mr. Food staff, Can you leave out the comments that just say a recipe "looks good" or "can't wait to try it"? Also, changing any ingr. is NOT making the recipe shown, so they should be left out too. I would like to just see comments from people that MADE the RECIPE, so I can decide if I want to try it!

What a grump! And no imagination! Everyone....almost...loves the comment people leave and suggestions. That makes this site even better. How lazy can you be if you can't just go past the ones you don't want to read? What would be the point of having a ratings and comment posting area if everyone just said it was good or not and made it exactly as written. Why write anything at all if you have no opinions or suggestions? Just saying....

i would leave out the banana. add coconut and a splash of rum....or extract.and make it a pina colada bread.

This sounds REALY good! I'm gona give it a try! thanks


I think it would be wonderful! I am a diabetic. Can you suggest a flour substitute for the all purpose flour? I will use Splenda for the sugar!

You could replace 1/2 of the white flour with whole wheat flour. It will make it a little denser, but much healthier. You can also replace the oil with sugar free applesauce to cut the fat.

This is a great recipe. I only changed one thing. I use pineapple tidbits instead of the crushed. This is definitely a saver.

looks great

I can't wait to make this. Love your show & recipes! Thanks, Cathy

Why give it 5 stars if you haven't made it yet? I wish we could get some real reviews!!

I've been baking this loaf for over twenty years. The one thing I discovered is the enzymes in the pineapple react with the banana if the bananas are very, very ripe, e.g. the peel nearly black. These bananas become bitter and add a strange taste to the loaf. I do use ripe bananas but not overly ripe. This is a terrific recipe and a moist one.

Is it ok to leave out the nuts? Do i have to add some other dry ingredient to compensate?

You can most definitely leave out the nuts and you do not have to add anything else or increase the dry or wet ingredients. This applies to all recipes with one exception: If a recipe calls for ground nuts, they are part and parcel of the dry ingredients, add greatly to the taste, and you would have a problem if you left them out.

Thanks for sharing,i also have made this recipe its all so good.AND FOR THE HOLIDAYS I ADD IT 1/2 Of cranssins or 1/2 of mixed fruit .OHM its all so good............HAPPYCOOKDIVA .MARIA

I made this a couple of times. everyone said it was the best and so moist. come to find out i didnt see where it said to drain the crushed pineapples. :0)


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