Foodie Tuesday: Inauguration Celebration Hawaiian Mango Bread


MangoBreadClose-UpIt’s the day after inauguration day, and we wanted to honor President Obama.  Since the President was born and went to high school in Hawaii, we decided that this recipe for Hawaiian Mango Bread would be perfect (originally printed on Food.com)!  On the Islands, it’s traditional to make and give this tropical fruit-nut bread as a gift.

Mangos have been cultivated for a very long time, and are even mentioned in historical accounts of Alexander the Great.  Native to Southeast Asia, the mango trees can grow up to 60 feet tall.

About the Mango

Mango, considered by locals to be a Hawaiian fruit (as opposed to pineapple, which is a plantation crop) is not only high in folate.  They are also rich in fiber, other B Vitamins (think anti-stress), Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene, Vitamins C, E,
& E and in the minerals magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.

Mango Benefits

The B-vitamins in mangos are helpful for handling stress while its Beta-Carotene prevents sun damage to the skin.  The zinc in mangos makesthem helpful for fighting acne.  In addition, mangos have stomach soothing properties similar to the papaya and are also helpful for preventing constipation.

The Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30
Folate per serving: 104 mcg | 26% RDA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fortified all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups peeled and diced fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.
  1. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon into a small bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil and sugar and mix with dry ingredients until well blended.
  4. Fold in mango, raisins, nuts and coconut.
  5. Pour into loaf pans and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool 10 to 15 minutes, unmold and let completely cool on baking racks.

Enjoy warm while watching this video of President Obama’s inauguration speech!


Source, Nutrition Information: Mangoes & Their Vitamins | eHow.com

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