How to Make Papaya Quick Bread

Love is in the air after just one slice of Papaya Quick Bread. This recipe is a healthy alternative to the original Hawaiian sweet bread. Featuring whole wheat flour, carrots, cinnamon applesauce,and aromatic papaya, this bread is low in calories, packed with healthy antioxidants, vitamins C and D, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.


  • 3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 whole eggs)
  • 3/4 cup mild olive or canola oil (or 4 sticks [1 cup] butter)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (2 cups granulated sugar)
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups applesauce or mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe papaya
  • 1-1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, chopped dried figs and other chopped dried fruits can be used)
  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour (or a combination of 3/4 cups whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup white bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (use less if you use cinnamon-flavored applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (or 1 teaspoon allspice and 1 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • Optional ingredients
    • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, or 1 Tablespoon minced crystallized ginger)
    • 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest and 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice (or substitute lime zest and juice)


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    Preheat oven to 325ºF.
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    Grease and flour 2 metal loaf pans or 24-36 small muffin pans lightly.
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    Wash, peel, and shred carrots.
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    Wash and cut papaya in half; scoop out seeds and membrane; peel and mash or puree papaya fruit.
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    Combine eggs, oil, and sugar in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer. Mixing on low speed just until combined.
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    Add carrots, (applesauce, if using), mashed papaya, nuts and/or dried fruits. Stir until well combined.
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    Mix together thoroughly salt, flour, baking soda, spices (of your choice) in a separate bowl.
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    Add to the egg mixture, stirring gently by hand.
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    Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans (or muffin pans).
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    Bake at 325ºF for 50-60 minutes.
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    Test for doneness: A wooden tester inserted into the center of bread should come out clean.
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    Remove bread from oven and let rest in pan for about 10 minutes before removing from pan or slicing.
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  • Serve sliced papaya bread toasted with honey, lime, orange, or mango jam (or jelly) with cut fruits, cottage cheese, and a drink for breakfast.
  • Silicon baking pans do not need greasing and flouring.
  • Serrated bread knife is best for slicing papaya bread.
  • Yield: 2 loaves; 14 slices per loaf
    • (approximate)Nutritional analysis per slice (14 slices per loaf): Cal 191, Total Fat 10g, (Sat Fat 1g) Chol. 0.0 mg, sodium 102 mg, potassium 129 mg, total Carbs 256g (Fiber 1.5, sugars 10 g) Protein 4g.
  • Hot bread is difficult and hard to slice. Leave the bread to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Serving suggestions:
  • Cooking sprays leave a film on baking pans which is difficult to remove without damaging the pans.
  • Serve sliced cooled papaya bread topped with whipped topping (or real whipped cream) flavored with lime zest (or lemon zest), 1-2 teaspoons lime (or lemon) juice, and a little agave nectar or syrup.


  • Some individuals are allergic to the latex found in the leaves, stems, and under ripe papaya fruit.
  • Nutritional analysis are approximate and based on a 2000 calorie diet. Values are rounded to nearest whole number. Values will change depending on size of pans, number of slices, and ingredient brands.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 loaf pans
  • Electric stand or hand mixer
  • Food processor or grater
  • Rubber spatula
  • Large bowl
  • Oven
  • Serving plate
  • Slicing knife

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Categories: Fruit Breads