Mango Coconut Bread

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I have a love affair with sweet loaves that we loosely refer to as ‘bread’, so much so that I am constantly looking for excuses to bake them. They are perfect for breakfast, as a snack, and everyone from age 18 months to er, 37, love them. 

Instead of the traditional banana bread however, I decided to try something different. Have you ever eaten mango? Do you love it as much as I do? It is delicious, sweet, succulent, and just begs to be devoured. So into the ‘bread’ it went.  

I think I counted down the minutes to when I took it out of the oven, because the divine smell was driving me insane! And? It was so worth the wait.

Mango Coconut Bread

I’ve been feeling all the feelings from last week’s post (thank you for all the love and support), and recovering from a week of solo parenting while sick, AND meeting deadline upon deadline. I feel all tapped out – I haven’t been writing as much as I would have liked. Baking salves my soul, and restores me to a place where I feel like I am myself again. The self that writes, and pounds out the work that needs to be done to meet my work deadlines. Basically, this mango coconut bread saved my life. I am not even exaggerating. 


Mango Coconut Bread
Serves 8
An easy, delicious bread made from fresh mango.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  9. 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  10. 1 whole, fresh mango, diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9Γ—5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg until completely incorporated. Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the buttermilk.
  5. Stir in remaining flour mixture and shredded coconut. Fold in the diced mango until pieces are well-distributed.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Turn loaf out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  1. You can substitute the buttermilk with an equal amount of juice - orange, mango or other tropical juices. If you like, you can also top the loaf with a 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
Adapted from Baking Bites
Adapted from Baking Bites
Writing, Wishing
Have you ever tried baking with mango?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • November 4, 2013 Kerstin

    This looks delicious and we are a mango-loving family πŸ™‚
    I looked at the recipe and the ingredients are very similar to what we call cake in Germany πŸ˜€ – but I’m happy to call it bread! That way I can have it more often…
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      The consistency is a little denser and heavier than cake. Also, we eat bread for breakfast. πŸ˜‰

  • November 4, 2013 Maureen

    Oh my that looks mighty delicious, Alison! *wipe drool*
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I know you’re going on a raw food eating plan soon, so I apologize πŸ™‚

  • November 4, 2013 Shana Norris

    I love anything coconut. Yum. This sounds so good. I think quick breads are so simple and easy to make, and always delicious. I love them with a nice up of hot tea.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Oh, me too!!

  • November 4, 2013 Rae

    Mango Coconut Bread. Wow I would have never thought it. They way you describe it, your anticipation for it to be out of the oven, OMG girlfriend I want some of that sweet bread! it looks wonderful! thank you do much for sharing.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      It tastes wonderful too. Thank you!

  • November 4, 2013 Amy

    I went about 22 years without having ever tried a sweet loaf. And then I did, and there was no turning back. This looks amazing! Also, may I ask – what plugin do you use for recipes? I’m thinking about adding one myself.
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    • November 4, 2013 Alison

      It is amazing! I use Recipe Card – it’s awesome.

  • November 4, 2013 melissa

    that looks so yummy. We do cooking class every Wednesday..this would be awesome to make
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      It is really easy, try it!

  • November 4, 2013 Kate

    Totally just pinned this! Look DELICIOUS! I’m salivating.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for Pinning! It is yummy.

  • November 4, 2013 sarah reinhart

    Mango and coconut are my favorites right now. I’ve been going to the froyo place just so I can heap them both on top of my plain yogurt. So delicious. No doubt this bread kicks butt. Though I need the gluten free version……easy substitutes right?

    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Gluten-free all-purpose baking flour from Bob Mills!

  • November 4, 2013 Clare

    I am going to be making this very soon. I agree, sweet ‘bread’ is one of the best bakes. Coconut is becoming one of my favourite baking flavours too. Thanks Alison!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I am kinda obsessed with coconut πŸ™‚

  • November 4, 2013 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    I wish you were my neighbour for a number of reasons, but I always wish it double when I see your posts like these! πŸ™‚ Pinning for future use…
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      It would be SO fun if we were neighbors!

  • November 4, 2013 Tamara

    Solo parenting while sick?? The worst. Ever.
    Awesome that you found something to soothe your soul and bring you back to yourself. Everyone needs that but not everyone finds that.
    And yes, mangos (mangoes?) are heavenly.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I’m lucky I find it in the mixing and baking of ingredients (also, the eating of). Mangos. I think. πŸ™‚

  • November 4, 2013 Jessica Smock

    Oooh. This looks delicious. Whenever fall hits, I have a tremendous urge to bake all the time. I do liking making banana bread or zucchini bread, but I’m so happy to have a new idea!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I also made a zucchini lemon loaf last week, so yummy!

  • November 5, 2013 Stacey

    That looks absolutely delicious! I hope you get to feeling better. There is nothing worse than trying to keep up with life and motherhood when you feel yucky!!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I am better. Not 100% but better. Also, my husband is home. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2013 Allie

    I am also a bread lover…at 38! I currently have a vanilla chai bread that is calling my name. As for the mango? Genius!! I never would have thought to add it, although it’s a staple in my fridge. Now if I can just salvage enough away from the kids to stick in the bread…
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I am intrigued by this vanilla chai bread! (you know this means I’ll be searching for a recipe,then baking it right?)

  • November 5, 2013 Jennifer

    I love a good sweet bread, but Cady would flip if I made this one. I bought a whole bunch of mangoes once. She came home and ate one. Later that night she came down with a little tummy bug and the mangoes made their way back up and out. Now if just mention the word around her she starts gagging. Poor thing.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Oh dear. That is a shame!

  • November 5, 2013 Runnermomjen

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!! Looks so good. Glad you’ve found something to “salve your soul”…love that line.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I am better, thank you!

  • November 5, 2013 Ashlee

    Oh dear god, that looks heavenly.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      It tasted as good, if not better, than it looks. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2013 Nicole

    This looks so good. I just want to grab it off the screen and shove it in my pie hole. Or bread hole in this case! I love mango. I never thought about combining with coconut. YUM!!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      They totally work together!

  • November 5, 2013 Christine

    This looks delicious and is making me hungry!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      That’s a…. good thing, right? πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2013 Brittany

    I don’t do coconut I LOVE me some mango! And calling it bread is just genius!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Leaving the coconut out will work too!

  • November 5, 2013 Greta

    Oh wow…this isn’t a combo I would have ever thought of for bread, but I LOVE mango!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      You can make this by subbing the flour with GF all-purpose flour (Bob Mills)!

  • November 5, 2013 Alison Hector

    Ooh… and I like it. Alison this is food porn. That closeup of the bread… mercy. And I’m not a big mango fan (I know… who from the Caribbean isn’t a mango fan??) but this would definitely make me cave in. Big time.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      The mango is subtle enough to not think about. It’s really yummy!

  • November 5, 2013 Sarah

    Mmm…. I love that kind of bread too — so much that I hardly ever make I because I nearly make myself sick eating so much of it! I love mango, though, so I might have to make an exception and try out your recipe. I bet this would be awesome with coconut flour, too.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, I would love to know how it turns out with coconut flour! The quantity might be different though. I need to get my hands on some so I can try it.

  • November 5, 2013 Kim

    Ok… That? Looks SO good! I have never thought about baking with mango – but I can just tell that this would be delicious. I love breads/loaves.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I hadn’t either! I had the urge to bake, and saw the last of the mangos I bought sitting there on the counter. Hence, idea!

  • November 5, 2013 Leslie

    I know we’re not supposed to use food for comfort, but how could you not with a combination like coconut and mango? It sounds divine…and I now wish that mangos were in season here. Glad to know that it helped you through a tough moment – and that you were able to share it with us here!
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I actually enjoy the baking more than the eating! Feeding people I love, makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2013 Jessica

    This looks delicious! And the mango, coconut combo sounds to die for! Thanks for sharing, Alison! Pinning now.

    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for Pinning, Jessica!

  • November 5, 2013 Carolyn Y

    Oh wow, this looks great! I haven’t baked with Mango but I’ve made Mango Lassi. And I agree Mangoes are sweet and succulent.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      I love, love, love mango!

  • November 5, 2013 Adrienne

    This looks SO yummy! and it’s something different to try.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Yes! Also, when I was using the buttermilk, I used just a little over 1/2 cup and I thought of you! Heh.

  • November 5, 2013 KalleyC

    I have never had mango coconut bread, but I am really looking to try it now! It looks very yummy. I’m looking to expand our “breads” in my home.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      It was delicious! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes for quick breads too.

  • November 6, 2013 Elaine A.

    Baked goods have totally saved my life before too. I completely get it! πŸ˜‰
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      Soul sisters!

  • November 6, 2013 Carrie

    Girl, THIS looks and sounds divine! And I think I have everything in my pantry except the shredded coconut! I bet the house smells wow when it’s cooking, too.
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    • November 6, 2013 Alison

      You can totally make it without the coconut – I imagine mango bread will be pretty yummy too.

  • November 7, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I will make this for sure. I’ll have to use frozen mango though. I rarely trust fresh here to be as good as in Asia. I hope you don’t stop writing (even if it’s just sharing baking recipes). That’s all I’m going to say about that. πŸ™‚
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    • November 7, 2013 Alison

      I won’t stop writing, promise. πŸ™‚
      Frozen mango should work too!

  • November 10, 2013 Story Paige

    Just the name alone makes you forget any mention of the word diet. Gonna have to kick paleo for a day and try this.

    • November 10, 2013 Alison

      Totally worth cheating on the diet for πŸ™‚

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