Maui Banana Bread is my favourite banana bread. Banana bread is a yummy snack, although, maybe not the most exciting, right? But I felt the need to share this particular one with you. In Canada, at least, most of us have grown up with banana bread, I think. Everyone's Mom made a loaf whenever there were overripe bananas. It was a staple on every dessert table and bake sale.
A Humble Loaf, Elevated
But, every once in a while, you discover something that elevates the ordinary and gives you a whole new appreciation. Which is what happened when we found this loaf.
This winter, on a Hawaiian vacation, we drove the famous Road to Hana on beautiful Maui. The precarious road is breathtaking, and not for the nervous. We drove a twisting road through lush jungle, past waterfalls and one-lane bridges over soaring canyons. This road requires the driver's complete attention, which is difficult, considering the beauty of the surroundings.
Luckily, there are lots of spots to pull over and soak in the sights and sounds of that beautiful paradise.
One of these stops brought us to a roadside stand selling fruit, coffee, and banana bread.
Maui Banana Bread - It's a Thing
It's hard not to notice that banana bread is a big deal on Maui. There are signs about this treat all over the island. But I wasn't particularly interested. It is pretty commonplace at home, after all. In Hawaii, I really want to feast on the huge and luscious array of locally grown tropical fruit that we don't have freshly available in Canada.
However, we were really hungry by that point and gave in to the temptation of the delicious-looking dark brown loaves that were on display. We bought one. And ate it standing beside the car. It was as good as they said it was, maybe even the best banana bread in the world, as some Maui signs claim. Dark and moist, with a nice crunch on the top, it was definitely worth the stop.
Simplicity is Key
So this week, my eye caught the very ripe bananas on my countertop, and it reminded me of that beautiful Maui day. So I did a search on-line and the recipe for Maui Banana Bread was everywhere.
This one was featured on bonappetit.com in 2013. It's a really simple recipe with no nuts, raisins, or other add-ins. Maybe simplicity is the key to success with banana bread because this one hits the spot. I wanted to recreate the exact loaf that we had at that roadside stand on the Road to Hana, so I stuck to the recipe exactly, no changeups at all.
If not exact, this recipe came pretty close. Close enough that for one simple bite, my Maui memories are fading just a little more slowly.
Why not also try another banana bread with a tropical twist? Coconut Banana Bread. And if you love loaves, check out Pumpkin Spice Loaf, Cranberry Walnut Bread, or Sun-Dried Tomato Feta Bread
Maui Banana Bread
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 3 large very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9x5 loaf pan, or line with parchment.
- Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Whisk eggs, sugar, mashed banana and oil in a large bowl.
- Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir until just combined.
- Spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack. Let the loaf cool in the pan 15 minutes.
- Run a knife around the inside of the ban to release the bread, and turn out onto rack.
- Allow the loaf to cool completely. (It won't taste as good warm, trust me).
I was craving the amazing banana bread we also found on the road to Hana and this recipe took me back there! First time I made it I declared this is the only banana bread I will ever make from now on! We just had it for Christmas brunch and everyone loved it! Simply the best! Thank you sooo much!! 🙂
Hi Kellie. I'm so happy that you love this recipe and I love that you came back to let me know! Including it in your Christmas brunch is an honor. Merry Christmas!
Thank you for sharing this recipe.I' ve been looking for. Hawaiian banana bread recipe.I had one n lost it..Thank goodness I found you!!! Yes, the best.
Have been bz baking.Mahalo.
You're so welcome, Dilaila! I'm glad you found this recipe, you will love it. Happy baking!
The calories per serving is 303 .. how many servings does this recipe make? Thank you!
Hi Mel, there was an error in the nutrition calculator, so the calories per serving is actually 228. There are 16 servings per loaf. Thank you for checking, I have fixed it now!
Thank you for sharing our recipe.My granddaughter baked them today n finished 2 small loaf size..Her craving f that Maui Banana bread is now in her hands.thank you
You are so welcome, Cres! It's lovely when you can satisfy a craving for something delicious, and I'm so happy that I was able to help your granddaughter do that!
Where can I find the blue & white bread cloths in your photo for Christmas presents when I send this delicious looking bread with recipe to family & Friends?
Hi Charlene, what a perfect gift idea! I can't be completely certain, but I think I got these cloths at Pier One.
Colleen, I haven't made banana bread in a loooong time. My kids used to love it back in the day. That drive around Maui is so beautiful. I did the drive but didn't know that banana bread was a local specialty. Yours looks dark and delicious and the oil probably makes it very moist. Thanks for posting.
janet @ the taste space
What a great story. Sounds like how we approach vacations (eat all the local fruit!) but glad you succumbed to the banana bread and it was lovely. Sometimes hunger makes did so special, too. 🙂