The Best Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe


Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe

Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread recipe features classic banana bread with a tropical twist. You can easily make your very own version of this tropical banana bread in your own kitchen. See the step-by-step instructions below and how you can make this delicious bread today!

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Easy to make and healthy banana bread

If you are looking for an easy quick bread recipe, look no further! This Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread recipe is the perfect easy-to-make banana bread. Not only is it super easy to make, but it also tastes amazing! This bread is so good, you will be wanting to eat more.

Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread

Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread is known because of the resort in Hawaii that is known for their delicious banana bread. This type of banana bread is so well known because of how the resort makes it. This recipe gives you the perfect combination of traditional banana bread, with some of the flavors of the islands.

Ultimate banana bread from Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian

Essentially, Royal Hawaiian’s Banana Bread recipe takes traditional banana bread and raises it to a whole new level. This recipe for ultimate Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread is so good, this just might be your new favorite way to make the classic bread.

Original Royal Hawaiian Recipe

4-5 mashed bananas
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup shortening or vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon to taste
½ cup macadamia nuts 

Royal Hawaiian’s Famous Banana Bread

Royal Hawaiian’s famous banana bread adds a tropical twist to your traditional banana bread recipe. Now, you can make your own version of Hawaiian Banana Bread with our modified version of the recipe. The below recipe will walk you through a step-by-step process of how to make this tropical banana bread. This recipe has been adjusted from Royal Hawaiian’s Banana Bread recipe and slightly revised to make a loaf of even more delicious bread. 

Hawaiian Banana Bread

The iconic part about Hawaiian banana bread is that it takes traditional banana bread and adds fresh fruit and nuts that are readily available on the Hawaiian Islands. If you are not in the Hawaiian Islands, as many of us don’t have that opportunity, you can also use canned or fresh fruit from your local grocery store to get the desired result.

Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread Recipe

As we walk through the process of helping you make your homemade version of Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread, keep in mind that there are many things that you can add to this bread to help add a tropical flavor. Below we will go over some of the possible add-ons that might help make your bread even more tropical.

Hawaiian Banana Bread with Coconut & Pineapple

The two, or three main additions to Hawaiian banana bread, that makes it such a tasty Hawaiian flavor, or coconut, pineapple, and nuts. Adding these ingredients will turn your traditional banana bread, into a tropical delight. Now, let’s look at all of the basic ingredients as well as possible additions that are needed to make our version of the Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread recipe. Please note that our recipe below, uses the same basic ingredients as the recipe directly from the Royal Hawaiian, however, we have found that slightly adjusting some of the amounts of ingredients helps to make the bread even better.

The Makings:

All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Baking soda
Vegetable oil

Add-Ins Option

Macadamia nuts
Crushed pineapple
Chocolate chips

Let’s Cook It!

When you have gathered all the ingredients listed above and figured out which add-ins you wish to include, you can now start cooking! Please see the below step-by-step instructions for exactly how to make this recipe.

Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe


1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 ½ cup mashed bananas (3-5 ripe ones) 
½ cup cooking oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
15 oz can pineapple, crushed and drained
¼ cup nuts, optional
½ cup coconut (optional) 

Streusel Topping (optional)

4 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Nuts, optional


Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F, or 178°C

Step 2: Mix the Sugars, Oil, and Eggs

Next, in a mixing bowl add sugar, oil, and eggs. Mix ingredients together.

Step 3: Add All the Dry Ingredients Into the Large Bowl

Into the same mixing bowl, add all your remaining dry ingredients. This will include all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 4: Add the Mashed Bananas and Vanilla

Next, you can add into the mixing bowl your mashed bananas, and vanilla. If you wish to include pineapple, please add your crushed and drained pineapple at this step. Stir to combine.

Step 5: ​ OPTIONAL: Mix the Nuts In

If desired, you can now add in your nuts and coconut. Stir to combine.

Step 6: Grease the Loaf Pan

Generously grease your bread pan, with cooking spray.

Step 7: Pour the Batter Into the Loaf Pan and Bake for Approximately One Hour

Pour the prepared batter into your greased bread pan. Place into the oven that has been preheated to 350°F. Bake for a total of one hour. If you wish to add streusel topping, you will want to bake for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven, and add your topping before continuing baking. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of your loaf comes out clean.

Step 8: Leave the Bread Out for a Few Minutes to Cool Before Serving

When your bread is removed from the oven, you will want to allow it to cool before turning it out of the pan. For best results, cover the bread with foil while it cools. This will help it stay very moist. Cut into slices, serve, and enjoy.

Streusel Topping Instructions

In a mixing bowl combine brown sugar and flour. Toss together with melted butter until clumps begin to form. After the bread has baked for 30 minutes, remove the bread from the oven and add your topping. Continue to bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. 

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Nutritional Facts

The nutritional facts for this recipe are based on the specific ingredients listed above. We have estimated that one loaf contains eight slices of bread. One serving size, therefore, equals 1/8 of a loaf, or one slice of bread.

Based on the above recipe, we have estimated that one serving contains 377 calories. We have also estimated that one serving contains 15.2 g total fat, 47 mg cholesterol, 246 mg sodium, 57 g total carbohydrates, and 5 g protein.

Please note that these nutritional facts may vary depending on the specific ingredient that you include. Please see the below variations and how to adapt this recipe to fit different dietary needs.

Dairy free version

This recipe for Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread is naturally dairy-free. Because this recipe is naturally dairy-free, there is no need to substitute any ingredients to fit the dietary need.

Vegan version

To adapt this banana bread recipe to be vegan, you will simply want to use a vegan substitute for the eggs, and also be sure that the cooking oil you choose to use is vegan-friendly. Otherwise, the remaining ingredients should be vegan. However, please be sure to check each of your ingredients to be sure they fit your dietary requirements. 

Gluten-Free version

Adapting this banana bread recipe to be gluten-free is an easy change. Simply swap out the all-purpose flour, for gluten-free all-purpose flour. Otherwise, prepare as suggested above.

Low-Fat version

If you would like to cut back the calories, and fat content stated in the nutritional facts for this recipe, a great way to do that is to cut back on the oil. I would suggest making this recipe with a quarter cup of oil, and a quarter cup of applesauce. This will essentially cut the oil included in half and greatly help to reduce the calorie and fat content of this recipe.

Storing Your Banana Bread

There are a few ways to store your banana bread. This banana bread recipe is OK if left at room temperature for a few days. You can also store banana bread in the fridge, or even freeze it if you wish. No matter how you choose to store it, banana bread is best when sealed in an airtight container of some kind. These types of containers can include a plastic bag that seals, wrapping the bread in plastic wrap, or placing it into an airtight container. If kept at room temperature, in a climate that is low humidity, your bread will likely last 3 to 5 days. If stored in the fridge, the bread will probably last between 4 to 7 days. When the banana bread is frozen, it will last up to three months in the freezer.

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How to make Hawaiian Banana Bread?

Making Hawaiian banana bread is very similar to regular banana bread. The main difference is that you can add pineapple, coconut, or macadamia nuts to the batter. 

Can I freeze this Hawaiian Banana Bread?

Yes! Hawaiian banana bread can be frozen. Simply wrap it securely in plastic wrap, place it into a sealable freezer bag, or airtight container. Place it in the freezer for up to three months. 

What makes Kona Inn Banana Bread so good?

Kona Inn banana bread is slightly different from your traditional banana bread recipe. The main difference is that it is made with cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. It also has double the amount of bananas in it. This makes the banana bread more cake-like in texture.

How to tell if a banana is ripe?

To tell if your banana is ripe, you can first look at the color. If it is still green, it’s not very ripe. The next thing to look at is to see if your banana has any brown speckles on it. If it is just plain yellow, it is barely ripe. Bananas with some brown spots on them are what typically work best for banana bread.

What’s the best way to freeze banana bread?

There are three great ways to freeze banana bread. The first is to securely wrap your loaf of banana bread in plastic wrap.  The next is to place your loaf of banana bread into a sealable plastic freezer bag. Finally, the last is to place your whole loaf, or slices of bread into an airtight container in the freezer.

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How to ripen bananas more quickly:

There are three methods that allow you to ripen bananas. The first, and the best, is to place your banana into a paper bag and seal it. This process will typically take a couple of days for the banana to ripen inside the paper bag. To help it ripen even faster inside the paper bag, you can add an apple, pear, apricot, or avocado to the bag to help it go faster. 

The second method is to place your bananas inside the peel into the oven. Turn the oven to 300°F and put your bananas onto a baking sheet. Bake them for about half an hour, checking on them every 15 minutes to see if they are soft. 

The last, and fastest way to ripen bananas is to poke them, unpeeled bananas all over with a fork. Place them onto a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until they are soft.

Is banana bread considered a sweet?

Personally, I would not say that banana bread is considered a sweet treat. It is more of a bread, not a dessert.

How do you make banana bread with walnuts?

To make banana bread with walnuts, crush your walnuts, then fold them into your prepared banana bread batter before pouring them into the pan to bake.

How does banana bread differ from banana cake?

The difference between banana bread, and banana cake, is that banana cake is made with cake flour, whereas banana bread is made with all-purpose flour. Typically, banana cake is also made with more bananas than banana bread. Although the two are very similar, there are a few minor differences. Overall, they are very similar.

How do you make bread pudding with bananas?

Bread pudding with bananas can be made simply by slicing one cup of bananas and folding them into your bread pudding. It’s really that easy.

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Recipe Variations

There are several popular Royal Hawaiian Bread recipe variations. Below are a few of the top recipe variations.

Plantain Banana Bread

Plantains are very popular in tropical climates. Making banana bread using plantains instead of bananas is easily done. Plantain bread substitute plantains for the amount of bananas called for. Then add 1/3 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt to the batter as well. Otherwise prepare as instructed.

Banana Bread Muffin Tops From An Old Halekulani Hotel Recipe

Making banana bread muffin tops is very similar to making banana bread. Only instead of bread, we will have only the tops of muffins. Prepare the banana bread batter as instructed above, then using a cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto a greased cookie sheet and bake until the center of each muffin top is no longer gooey.

Tutu’s Hawaiian Banana Bread

Tutu’s Hawaiian muffin bread is very similar to the above recipe for banana bread. To make tutu’s version, use soft butter instead of oil, and be sure to include macadamia nuts. The banana bread can be baked in muffin tins or bread pans.

Kona Inn (Hawaii) Banana Bread

Kona Inn Banana Bread is similar to Royal Hawaiian banana bread. The main difference is that Kona Inn bread is much more cake-like. To make Kona Inn Banana Bread you will need 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup butter at room temperature, 3 cups ripe mashed bananas, four eggs, 2 ½ cups of cake flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Prepare as instructed above and bake at 350° for one hour or until the center is fully cooked.

Royal Hawaiian Banana Muffins

Royal Hawaiian Banana Muffins can be made easily by preparing the banana bread recipe above. Then pour the batter into greased muffin tins and bake at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes or until the center is done.

Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Banana Bread can easily be made using the above royal Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe. Simply add macadamia nuts to the above recipe, to make a loaf of delicious bread.

Royal Hawaiian Pie

Royal Hawaiian Pie is made from a combination of pineapple and bananas. To make this pie you will need to prepare the pie shells. Then place 4 cups of sliced bananas into a mixing bowl cover with ½ cup pineapple juice, and ¼ cup all-purpose flour, add ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons soft butter. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Add tap pie shell, brush with milk, and sprinkle granulated sugar. Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow it to cool, before serving.

Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread

Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread is a twist and your classic banana bread recipe. Royal Hawaiian banana bread features a classic recipe that has pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts added to it. With this recipe, you can easily make a delicious tropical version of banana bread right in your own kitchen. Try making your taste of Hawaii today!

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