Mango Bread

Mango Bread

I don’t think there’s a fruit in the world that can compare, even distantly, with the luscious mango.

I am not talking about the sorry, hard, pale-yellow approximation available here in supermarkets. What I mean is the radiantly golden, deliciously juicy mango that makes an appearance in Indian markets at the beginning of summer.

There really is nothing like an Indian mango, especially the variety called the Alphonso. The bright orange flesh of that fruit, its deeply velvety texture, its sinfully decadent richness of taste is to be eaten to be believed.

This summer, when we traveled to India despite all our worries about the sweltering May heat, the fact that we could gorge on the Alphonso until we could almost eat no more– almost, but not quite–was enough to make the nasty weather bearable.

Coming to today’s recipe, I love making fruit (or veggie) breads, but last Saturday I didn’t have any bananas, carrots or pumpkin pulp on hand. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and when I saw in the pantry a tin of mango pulp that I’d picked up on my last visit to the Indian store, I had a delicious thought.

Now let me make this clear: mango pulp, even the variety that claims to be made from Alphonso, is not all that great. It is too sweet with added sugar and always tastes a little tinny. Still, it comes in handy for mango lassis and shakes, and being a bit of a mango freak, I usually keep one or two tins around.

To make a long story short, I decided to use the mango pulp to make a mango bread. I worked from my pumpkin bread recipe, modifying it as I went along. Since the pulp was much thinner than the canned pumpkin puree one would use for a pumpkin bread, and I wanted to use more of it to get an intense mango flavor, I used a little more flour, cut down on the sugar and water, and doubled the amount of pulp.
Vegan Mango Bread The resulting bread was surprisingly delicious, although let me be the first to admit that fresh mango puree would make it much, much better (try it, you lucky souls who live in India). The bright orange of the baked bread was also gorgeous. The two cups of mango puree gave the bread just the right mango-ey punch.

To go with my favorite fruit, I used cardamom, my favorite spice. These two are wonderful flavors both on their own and married to each other.
Vegan Mango Bread

So here it is, a very special recipe for a very special bread. This one goes to Sweet Vegan!, the vegan food event I am hosting through Oct. 31.

Mango Bread
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian Fusion
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 level tsp powdered cardamom seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp canola or other flavorless vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 2 cups mango pulp or puree (I use the one found at the Indian grocery store. You can also puree fresh mangoes)
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds (Optional. I didn't use any this time)
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt.
  2. In a bowl, mix together until well blended the canola oil, sugar, flaxmeal, and mango,
  3. Add the flour to the wet mixture along with the almonds, if using, and mix well.
  4. Pour the batter into a standard 9X5 inch greased loaf pan and bake in a 350-degree oven around 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, or with a few crumbs stuck to it. Please note that because no two ovens are the same, even at the same temperature, the bread might take more or less time to bake in your oven. Whatever you do, don't skip the toothpick check!
  5. Cool on a rack before unmolding and cutting into slices.
  6. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    Hi Vaishali, Mango with cardamom (i agree with the married part) and in bread! I so love it!! What a lovely ripest-mango colour too:-) You never cease to surprise me with your amazing talent:-)

  2. says

    Hi Vaishali, reg the beans, i suppose it should be ok to substitute with regular green beans. I have never tried it that way. Please do try it and let me know how it turns out:-)

  3. says

    Hey Vaishali i envy u that bread slices look so tempting and more than anything i wonder how did u manage to get mango at this season?
    i found unripe mangoes in the market the other day though

  4. says

    Wow.. Vaishali.. !! This looks sinfully yummy.. Mango is my favorite fruit..and agree with everything you said about it :)
    The Indian grocery here sold the “Alphonso” mangoes this summer (imported all the way from India..) Ill remember to try with the fresh ones next year.. For now, the Mango pulp works great too..I am definitely making this ..sooner.. Cant wait for so long.. to have the Mango bread.. Thanks for sharing ..

  5. says

    Never even dreamt mango could be baked into a bread! I agree that mangoes are the king of fruit but we lucky souls now have to wait till next summer for them.:(

  6. says

    i miss the alfonso mangoes too…however, here in south florida, i can easily lay my hands on some Mexican and haitian mangoes, which usually turn out pretty good…andho mein kana raaja:)

  7. says

    I share your sentiments fully.The mangoes available here, even the ones masquerading as Indian imports, are such a let down :-(

    Your mango bread looks heavenly! Would love to try it the next time I can lay my hands on a decent lot of mangoes or at least a tinned lot.

  8. says

    Mango bread…wow. Cant wait to try it in my kitchen. This post of yours has inspired me now to contribute to your event :-) Will try to send one in the next few weeks.

  9. says

    You are 100% right Vaishali. Indian mangoes are the best. I love them. The canned puree which we get here is ok and the least we can get to satisfy our mango cravings.

    The bread looks so moist. I was also thinking of baking a pumpkin bread, will follow your suggestions.

  10. says

    Hi Vaishali.. I want to try this tonight.. I dont think I have whole wheat pastry flour.. can I use all purpose flour instead ? Is there a reason why the pastry flour might be better ?? Also, wondered about sugar.. I prefer less sweeter breads.. do you think I can reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup ? Will it be too bland ? Please suggest.. !
    Thanks !

  11. says

    Thanks for your answers Vaishali..I have never used flax before.. :) and this is probably a silly question :) Is the ground flax seed powder same as the Flaxseed meal sold at grocery stores ?? I happenned to get the later one.. I am wondering if I should pick up the seeds too..

  12. says

    The mango bread was awesome.. !! I made 2.. last night.. and it was all gone in minutes.. I’ll be posting it sometime today.. Thanks for sharing.. !

  13. says

    ne.It turned out well but the mango flavor wasn’t as intense as I wanted it to be(I used tinned mango pulp from Indian grocery) you think I could add maybe some mango juice/dried mango bits or something to make it better?Also do you think using brown sugar would compromise anything ?
    I served mine with mango ice cream and it paired well.

  14. says

    GKB, it is likely that the mango pulp you used was less flavorful– it’s the unpredictable nature of the mango pulp one buys in tins at Indian stores. Just last week a can I opened was sour and insipid, whereas at other times I get a full-bodied, rich flavor.
    Two cups of mango pulp is already quite a bit of fluid in the bread, and you would have to add more flour to the recipe which might end up compromising the entire bread. Perhaps you might try adding some mango flavor? I am not sure what the options are, but perhaps you can get a mango essence at the Indian store? Just a thought.

  15. Anonymous says

    what other flour can iuse instead of whole wheat pastry flour?

    the bread looks scrumptious and cant wait to try it..

  16. says

    I tried this bread and it turned out great. I replaced the 4 tablespoons oil with 4 tablespoon plain yogurt. I also removed about 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the result was wonderful.

    Will definitely make this cake again.


  17. says

    now that the mango season is here i have to make this bread and your mango cupcakes
    Thanks for sharing your recipes will let you know how they come out

  18. sainila says

    Thank you for the recipe. I made this for my son’s birthday as a sheet cake. Tasted great but the only thing is why does not eggless/vegan cakes are not as fluffy as the ones with eggs?

  19. says

    Sainila, Glad you liked it. To answer your question, this is not a traditional cake recipe– it’s a mango bread recipe. Vegan cakes can be just as fluffy as versions with egg, but you’d need different leavening and rising agents than those used in this bread.

  20. sainila says

    Thanks for the reply. Can u give me a link to a vegan cake that comes fluffy and crumbly like a cake with egg. Thanks again. your website is awesome.

  21. says

    loved your blog…i tried mango (vegan cookies) and wanted to see if there were anyother who had tried it…nice to have chanced on ur blog…:)

  22. says

    This bread is fabulous! I love the flavor combinations and the fact that it’s vegan! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! This one is a keeper.

  23. says

    I’ve been thinking about making mango bread (with canned mango pulp) for some time. I was also going to convert a vegan pumpkin bread recipe, but you had already done all the work for me. I changed a few things – I used whole wheat flour (not whole wheat pastry), 1 teaspoon freshly ground green cardamom and only 50 g (1/4 c) sugar. The result was absolutely fantastic, almost cake like – yummy! The recipe will also work when made into muffins or a round cake.

  24. Hema says

    Hi Vaishali,

    Tried your Mango Bread recipe and it turned out really well. I used 1/2 cup Buckwheat and 1/2 cup millet flour + 1 cup Whole wheat flour. You have very good collection of recipes in your blog.

    Sure I’ll be frequenting your blog :)

  25. says

    I absolutely loved this recipe. I cannot imagine this bread without whole wheat flour, it gives it such a great texture and adds a bit of nutty flavour to it. Thank you so much for sharing it Vaishali:)

  26. Deepali says

    Hi Vaishali,
    Greetings from India! Been waiting all of last year to make this bread with fresh Mango Puree and Intend to do so this year. Just some questions to help ease my way forward… really grateful if you can answer them.. a) Can one use regular Whole Wheat Atta, instead of whole wheat pastry flour..? cant get it in India you see! :)
    b) Also, how does one use Flax meal..? do you need to dissolve it in water or just use it along with the dry ingredients..? can one also use a few Mango chunks in the recipe ( sorry.. just wondering if you may have tried variations and have something more to report… many thanks in advance for your help

    • says

      Hi Deepali, you can use regular whole-wheat atta, but I’d recommend using 1 cup of refined allpurpose flour and 1 cup of whole-wheat atta for the best results. A bread that uses whole-wheat flour only would be rather dense.
      The flaxmeal has to beaten into the ingredients dry, exactly as the recipe says. No need to mix it with water first. And yes, you could add some mango chunks– they’d be really nice in there!

  27. says

    Thanks for this terrific recipe Vaishali! The bread was delicious. I had no flaxmeal at home, and used 2 well beaten eggs instead. This is a real keeper of a recipe. I can’t thank you enough for coming up with it!

  28. Madeleine says

    I live on the Big Island of HI and found your site while desperately looking for recipes for mango bread. I see we have something in common: I love cardamom and mangos. I was so excited. Thanks to a friends’ generosity, I was able to pick mangos off her tree, promising I would bring her yummy mango treats, as she doesn’t bake anymore. So, I baked this bread tonight and it smells awesome straight out of the oven. For a vegan recipe, I was surprised at how well it rose. Made a double batch. One for me and one for my friend with the mango tree. Actually, I made my husband help me lick the bowl clean and it was so good even unbaked! It tastes awesome. I couldn’t wait until it cooled completely! I used the chopped almonds and they add a nice texture to a very soft bread. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I will try the biscotti next.

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