Hawaiian Luau Bread

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Chunky Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe
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Last summer we took a family trip to Hawaii. We spent a week on the Island of Kauai and a week on the Big Island.

Along with all the amazing fish, kahlua pork, and tropical fruit we ate, we also enjoyed some ridiculously addictive bread!

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We discovered my all-time favorite at a little coffee shop south of Kona on the Island of Hawaii.

The Coffee Shack is literally a shanty hanging off the side of a mountain, overlooking the ocean. The views of lush tropical plants and endless water are a sight to behold.

Yeasty Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

We visit The Coffee Shack every time we go to the Big Island and are always amazed by the rich Kona coffee, their take on comfort food with a tropical twist, and the bread!

They make several varieties of homemade bread that are used in their breakfast and lunch menu. (They also serve some of the best desserts we found in the islands.)

Making Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Yet their Luau Bread is pure insanity. Soft moist slightly-sweet yeast bread with little chunks of coconut, pineapple, carrot, and macadamia nuts speckled throughout.

It’s the bread of your dreams. The kind of bread that can be used for french toast or sandwiches, yet needs nothing to perfect its flavor and texture.

How To: Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Once we returned home, I knew Luau Bread was going on my recipe testing list. Well today, my version of Hawaiian Luau Bread is ready for release.

It’s soft and rich with just a touch of sweetness.

How to Make Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Easy Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Similar to brioche, it has a decadent buttery flavor and pliable texture. Each piece has little bits of moist carrot, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nut to add tropical appeal.

Yet not so much that the dough is weighed down.

Best Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Our Hawaiian Luau Bread recipe is so tantalizing, it needs no butter or jam to improve its delicious slices.

However, if you choice to spread passion fruit preserves over the top, we won’t judge.

Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Hawaiian Luau Bread is the perfect comfort food to lift your spirits in the cold winter months.

Make a loaf today. Then close your eyes, take a bite, and experience paradise!

Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe

Yeasty Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe
5 from 10 votes

Hawaiian Luau Bread

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Hawaiian Luau Bread Recipe - Straight from the shores of the Hawaiian Islands, this soft tender yeast bread is speckled with macadamia nuts, carrots, pineapple and coconut!
Servings: 30 slices (2 loaves)
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Luau Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Potassium 49mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 9.9%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 3 cups sifted bread flour, divided
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 ounces pineapple tidbits
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 2 large eggs + 1 white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped


  1. Drain 1/2 cup pineapple juice from the can of pineapple tidbits. Place 1/4 cup flour, 8 tablespoon melted butter, pineapple juice, and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer.

  2. Place the bread hook on the mixer and mix the ingredients for 10 seconds. Then sprinkle the dry active yeast over the top. Allow the mixture to for 10-15 minutes. It should look very foamy.
  3. Mix in 2 eggs, salt, and vanilla. Then with the mixer on low, slowly add in the remaining flour. Leave the mixer running for 6-8 minutes to knead the bread dough.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter around the edges of the bowl so the dough doesn't stick, and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until doubles in size. (Usually 90-120 minutes.)
  5. Meanwhile chop the pineapple tidbits into fine pieces and measure out 1/2 cup. Prepare 1/2 cup each of shredded carrot, shredded coconut, and finely chopped macadamia nuts.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, turn the mixer on low and mix in the pineapple, shredded carrot, shredded coconut, and macadamia nuts.
  7. Grease and flour two standard 9x5 bread pans. Cut the dough into two equal pieces. Roll each piece into a log and place in the bread pans. Then use the last tablespoon of melted butter to brush the tops of the loaves, so they don't dry out.

  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover the loaves with plastic and place in a warm place to rise. They need to double in size again to fill the pans and rise above the edge of the rim. (About 45-60 minutes.)
  9. Whisk the egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Remove the plastic and gently brush the eggwash over the tops of the loaves.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  10. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then gently flip the loaves out onto a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way. Once the bread is room temperature, wrap well in plastic until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: This is a heavy buttery dough so it doesn't rise as quickly are regular yeast dough; plus the chunks can make it even more difficult for the dough to rise. However, it must at least double in size, twice, to have a soft airy texture.

If your kitchen is cool or drafty, place the dough in a warming drawer to rise. Some ovens have a "proofing" function that keeps the oven at 100 degrees for dough. If you don't have either, you can set your oven to 180 degrees, keep the dough covered in plastic, and proof in the oven for 20-30 minutes. If you go much longer at this temperature the dough will start to dry out.

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20 comments on “Hawaiian Luau Bread

  1. Niki Cummingsposted April 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Hi good day to you can this be made with gluten free flour. I can not use the regular flour.

    • Sommer Collierposted May 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm Reply

      Hi Niki,

      Yes, it can. You can use 1-to-1 gluten-free baking mix. However, it will not have quite the same texture, and should be made in mini loaf pans instead of one large pan, because without the gluten the yeast will not rise as much.

  2. Katerina @ diethood .composted April 9, 2019 at 11:56 am Reply

    mmm..this sounds SO good!! YUM!!

  3. Erinposted April 9, 2019 at 11:31 am Reply

    This is so tender and moist and such great flavor! Definitely takes you back to the tropics!

  4. Rachael Yerkesposted April 9, 2019 at 11:26 am Reply

    This bread is amazing!

  5. Stephanieposted April 9, 2019 at 11:24 am Reply

    I loved this bread when we were in Hawaii too! So glad I found this recipe!

  6. Courtney O'Dellposted April 9, 2019 at 10:12 am Reply

    This bread is so delicious – cant wait to make again!

  7. Miriam Lizardiposted November 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Hi this recipe looks so good . what kind of macadamia nuts do you use raw or roasted?

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  9. Pamposted March 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Thank you i remember this bread when i lived there for 3 yrs delisious!!cant wait to make some!!

  10. Katieposted February 13, 2018 at 11:35 am Reply

    Can I bake these in mini muffin tins – maybe using a melon baller or measuring spoon to divide out the dough? If so, how would that affect cook time? I can’t wait to make this recipe!!!

    • Sommerposted February 14, 2018 at 10:57 am Reply

      Hi Katie,

      Yes, you absolutely can bake it in mini pans, but the exact time would be different for every size of mini pan. I would check them after 15 minutes, and watch from there to figure it out for your pans. Happy baking!

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  12. Melanie at Dish Dishposted February 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm Reply

    This looks and sounds so wonderful! I can’t wait to try it. Hubby and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Island of Kauai and love the Coffee Shack! Such good food – yum. :)

  13. Limpyposted February 2, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply

    Can the recipe be halved to make one loaf?

  14. Diane M.posted February 2, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply

    Oh my Goodness! This bread sounds wonderful! Can hardly wait to make it. Will be going to the grocery store today to get all the ingredients.
    Mahalo for sharing this recipe.

    • Sommerposted February 2, 2018 at 9:18 am Reply

      Fantastic, Diane! Make sure to report back. :)

  15. Nancy Longposted February 2, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply

    hubby just got me 6 qt KitchenAid for Christmas, so son #4 is getting the 5 qt one that hubby got me for Christmas of ’92! Can’t wait to try this bread in it!

  16. donna cposted February 2, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

    Looks yummy! Don’t have a stand mixer…but maybe some day! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sommerposted February 2, 2018 at 8:55 am Reply

      Hi Donna!

      You can mix this recipe and knead the dough by hand. Just make sure to knead it thoroughly, about double the time it would take with a stand mixer. Happy baking!