This is a light and fluffy banana bread, flavored with a hint of pineapple and a sprinkling of coconut.
Hawaiian muffins have been a family favorite for a number of years and I’m excited to finally have a gluten free version that tastes every bit as delicious as the original. These muffins disappeared in less than a day and my kids have already asked me to make them again.
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Hawaiian Banana Bread with Pineapple and Coconut
Servings: 15 muffins, 5 mini loaves or 1 full size loaf
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour*
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 medium size very ripe bananas
- ½ cup crushed pineapple drained
- ¾ cup shredded coconut plus more for topping
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ¼ cup potato starch
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease muffin tins or loaf pans. Combine the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. Whisk the egg, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl until well combined. Add the melted butter and mix well. Smash the bananas, then add to the batter, along with the pineapple and coconut. Stir until combined.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir just until the ingredients are combined. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins or loaf pans and sprinkle each top with coconut. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, mini loaves for 30-32 minutes and a full size loaf for 60 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack. Serve plain or slathered in butter. Enjoy!
Calories: 192kcal · Carbohydrates: 32g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 0.2g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 170mg · Potassium: 208mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 175IU · Vitamin C: 3mg · Calcium: 27mg · Iron: 1mg
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15 Comments Leave a comment or review
Jenn S says
YUM!!! Love the twist on one of my favorite sweet breads!!
Magnolia Verandah says
Love the look of the coconut on the top!
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
What a perfectly lovely idea. I bet those little bursts of pineapple and coconut are dreamy! Don't you just love the smell of baking banana bread. Yum!
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
Wow, this looks sooooo good!!!
What a seriously gorgeous bread. That addition of coconut on the top is really cool.
Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover says
This sound very healthy and good too.
I've been looking for a gluten-free zucchini bread recipe and couldn't find any. I've made many of your GF desserts and they always turn out great, so I knew I could convert this one to zucchini bread. I omitted the banana, pineapple and coconut and added 1 1/2tsp xanthan gum, 220g shredded zucchini and choc chips. The first time I made the bread, I added the entire bag of choc chips…TOO chocolatey! But otherwise, great!! The second time, I added 1 rounded cup of choc chips. Still a little too chocolatey, but much better!!!
could i substitute the rice flour with almond or coconut flour??
Both almond flour and coconut flour will dramatically affect the texture of these muffins. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend either of them for this recipe as it is written. You'll need to adjust the amounts for the other flours and it will likely require a few tests to get the same results.
I haven't tested the recipe that way myself, so I can't be more helpful. If you do try it, let me know what works for you!
I made these yesterday and substituted 1.5AAnn cups of King Arthur Measure for Measure flour to make them GF. They are fabulous and we all loved them.
That would be 1.5 cups of King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour!
An actual Hawaiian says
Honestly just because you put coconut and pineapple in it, doesn’t make it “Hawaiian”
So very true 🙂 However, many of us associate pineapple and coconut with Hawaiian flavors, whether accurate or not. All the best!
Not sure if I am reading right? Would I add 1½ cup of each item marked with a * for a total of 4½ cups of flour? Thanks Jan
* if you are not in need of a gluten free recipe simply substitute 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour for the items marked with an *
1 cup brown rice flour *
1/2 cup tapioca starch *
1/4 cup potato starch *
Mary Younkin says
You’ll want to use a TOTAL of 1 1/2 cups of flour and leave out the items marked with an *. Happy baking, Jan!