Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread is a classic Hawaiian take on Bannana bread with toasted macadiamia nuts, ripe bananas and vanilla. The perfect flavors of the island.

My classic one bowl Easy Banana Bread is a hit on the site and this recipe takes that classic and adds in flavors of the island like my Hawaiian Nut Banana Bread.

Sliced Hawaiian Nut Macadamia Nut Banana Bread


Similar to my recipe for Banana Nut Bread, Macadamia Nut Banana Bread is a blend of moist, sweet bread that has the texture of an amazing cake with the rich, earthy flavor and satisfying crunch of macadamia nuts.

We were in Hawaii in July and enjoyed this delicious recipe while we were driving the Road to Hana. Quick tip if you have plans to travel to Maui, we downloaded an app called Gypsy that went based off your navigation and narrated the Road to Hana with cool stops even without cell service. It took us to this one spot we’d never have known about with amazing lava rocks on the beach.

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread in Hawaii

When we got to about the halfway point we stopped at a little strip mall of restaurants where we stopped into a bakery where we bought an awesome Macadamia Nut Banana Bread. In case you happen to be in Maui and want to buy some of this delicious bread here is the label from the bread for you:

It’s really easy to make and you can keep it for a quick breakfast on days when you’re running late and have to get out the door right now. Not to mention, banana bread is a fantastic way to get rid of those more than ripe bananas that have been hanging out in your kitchen for weeks. You’ll need at least 4 of them for this banana bread recipe to get that rich, sweet banana flavor that everyone knows and loves.

A trick of the trade to remember when you want to check the middle of the bread to see if it has cooked through is the toothpick test. Get a toothpick and stick it into the bread. If you pull it out and the stick is clean then the insides are solid and the banana bread is done. If batter sticks to the toothpick then the inside is still molten and you should let it cook a little longer.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray loaf pan with baking spray.
  • Add bananas to stand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and oil to banana mixture.
  • Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add it to the stand mixer on low speed until just combined.
  • Mix in 3/4 cup macadamia nuts with a spatula, then pour into loaf pan.
  • Top with remaining 1/4 cup macadamia nuts.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes.
  • Let cool on a wire rack.

Slice of Macadamia Nut Banana Bread


  • Chocolate chips: I challenge you to come up a baked good that chocolate chips don’t go great with. It’s hard to think of any, and that’s because those little crunchy, chewy, sweet morsels add personality and texture to anything. They’re especially good in banana bread and, in this particular recipe, they go perfectly with the macadamia nuts.
  • Brown sugar: Once you pull the bread out of the oven, dust the top with a handful of brown sugar. The warmth of the loaf will partially caramelize the sugar and it will add a sweet and crunchy element to your bread that you didn’t know you were missing.
  • Muffins: Instead of pouring the bread batter into a loaf pan, divide it up into a muffin tin. These tiny shareable loaves are great for brunches and parties and you can serve them up in perfect portions. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they’re cooking though, as the shape of the muffin pan can influence how quickly they bake.
  • Nutella: Spread Nutella over a fresh slice of banana bread for a delicious, decadent treat. I suggest using Nutella on warm banana bread so that it spreads easier and melts slightly, but serving it on cold banana bread is equally delicious.


  • Serve: You can keep Macadamia Nut Banana Bread on your counter at room temperature for about 2 days before it starts to get stale. Keep it fresh for longer by covering it with a sealable bag or plastic wrap.
  • Store: Macadamia Nut Banana Bread is good in the fridge for up to a week before it starts to lose its flavor. Make sure that you allow it to fully cool before you refrigerate it or it can make you sick.
  • Freeze: You can keep banana bread in the freezer for up to 3 months before you should throw it out and make a new batch.

loaf of Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

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Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread is a classic Hawaiian take on Bannana bread with toasted macadiamia nuts, ripe bananas and vanilla.

Course Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Banana Bread, Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 408 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 large bananas , mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup  macadamia nuts , chopped (divided)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. Add bananas, sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil to stand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  4. Add it to the stand mixer on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

  5. Mix in 3/4 cup macadamia nuts with a spatula, then pour into loaf pan.
  6. Top with remaining 1/4 cup macadamia nuts.
  7. Bake for 60-65 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 222mg10%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Slices of Macadamia Nut Bread

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Hi! I made this the other day and it was so good I made it for the second time tonight. But, I’m not sure if I added the oil last time or not. I noticed this time, the directions don’t include the vegetable oil. So now I’m wondering, did I do it right or wrong the first time, and did I even use oil ?. I guess I’ll find out in about 45 min, they are in the oven!

    1. Thank you for catching that! I included it in the directions in the post but it looks like it was skipped in the instructions in the recipe card.

  2. Hi Sabrina, can’t wait to make this. Could you tell me what size loaf pan you used? If i were to make jumbo muffins how long will the bake be? Your blog keeps me busy in my kitchen.

    1. I used a 9×5 loaf pan for this recipe. If you want to make them into muffins, I would bake them at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Enjoy!

  3. Love the addition of macadamia nuts in this bread! Banana bread is the perfect bread for adding little pieces of yumminess!