Pawpaw Bread Recipe - With Video

Known for its tropical taste and banana-like texture, Pawpaw fruit is America's best-kept secret.

Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit grown natively across the United States. Unknown to many, it is growing in popularity as people begin to add edible landscaping to their homes, and farms.

The pawpaw tree is one of the only fruit-producing trees that can tolerate partial shade. It is smaller in stature and can be found in nature as an understory tree-making it a wonderful candidate for landscapes, back yards, and locations offering smaller growing spaces.

The delicious fruit can be eaten fresh and used as a banana substitute in many popular recipes, including smoothies and bread! Enjoy our Pawpaw Bread recipe below!

Pawpaw Bread Recipe


  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. ripe pawpaws, mashed
  • ¼ c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • ½ c. nuts (optional)


  1. Blend sugar, oil, and eggs.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to the first mixture. Mix until smooth.
  3. Mash pawpaws and add to the batter along with buttermilk and vanilla.
  4. Stir in nuts, if adding.
  5. Pour into a large greased loaf pan or 3-4 small loaf pans. 
  6. Bake at 375 for about 1 hour or 40 minutes if you are using small pans until toothpick comes out clean.

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