Pineapple Calamansi (Lime) Bread

Crushed pineapple makes this bread super moist and flavorful plus a hint of local lime (calamansi) adds a layer of citrusy tang! No butter or oil is ever used in the batter so it’s healthy and good for you!


Pineapple Bread


My family and I spent last year’s Christmas holiday in the Philippines. We all went home not just to enjoy the holidays together but also to celebrate two major milestones – my Mom’s 80th birthday and hubby’s 50th birthday!

Guess what? Their birthday actually fell on the same exact day – December 26! Isn’t that amazing?


Pineapple Lime Bread


Usually, when I go back to the Philippines I don’t just stay for a couple or three weeks, the usual length of stay for the rest of my family. My very kind and super sweet husband actually allows me to stay a bit longer – at least eight weeks in total!

He knows that I truly miss my family from the Philippines and since I don’t get to go home every year (we’d be bankrupt if I do as the fares from the US to the Philippines are pretty expensive!) but when I do I am able to stay much longer.

In fact this time around, I was able to stay up to 3 months so my departure from Manila was not scheduled until the end of February 2020. So glad for such an extended break as I truly needed it. Thankfully, my dear husband didn’t mind being on his own with the kids for that long!


Pineapple Lime Bread


Whenever I’m home with my Filipino family, I make it a habit to cook and bake for my loving parents. You see, except for a stay-at-home maid, they’re on their own.

My siblings don’t get to see them during the week except during certain weekends when their work permit them to visit Mom and Dad. Because of this, I make it a point to spend most of my time with them – and that means lots of time enjoying good food!


Pineapple Lime Bread


My father, in particular, loves sweets! He loves to snack on anything sweet he can lay his hands on. Sadly, when I’m not there – it’s mostly store-bought goodies that he gets – whatever sweet treat they may find in the carinderia or sari-sari store in our village.

There’s nothing wrong with them per se but I just wish someone would be able to regularly bake something yummy for him. So, I bake, bake and bake when I’m home.

When I do bake, I often make use of locally available ingredients. In making this tasty pineapple bread – I made sure to use our local limes called calamansi (not quite like it but similar to key limes) for a citrusy twist on the usual pineapple bread.



These cute little dark green limes are quite tiny (even smaller than key limes) but they surely pack in a lot of tang! It’s a shame that I cannot find them fresh in the US although the juice version is imported so I can readily buy it in any Asian store if I want to. However, fresh is still the best in my opinion. At any rate, if you wish to make this bread simply use either use regular limes or lemons! 

Below you can see how calamansi compare to key limes. Oh, how I love to make juice with these little limes!




I’m happy to report that my father truly enjoyed this yummy pineapple lime bread that I made it again when we had some guests and they also equally loved it. Naturally, I passed on the recipe to them as they asked for it and hope to replicate it in their own homes. I think they loved the fact that I didn’t use any oil or butter in the bread (my visiting relatives were all senior citizens so they all had to watch their fat intake!) so they were able to truly enjoy something sweet without much fear!

As you can see in the photos, despite the lack of oil or butter the bread still came out so moist and that’s because of the pineapple and lime juice! 


Pineapple Lime Bread


WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS BREAD? Very simple and easy to find ingredients as you can see below.

  • all-purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder 
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • crushed Pineapple (juice included)
  • freshly squeezed lime or calamansi juice
  • pecans or nuts of choice, chopped (optional)

Is it hard to make? No, not at all! Not very complicated to make at all –  it’s simply a matter of mixing the wet and dry ingredients together and then baking them! Easy, right?

So, it would be amiss not to share this delicious bread to you my dear readers! Even though my pictures aren’t as pretty as I wanted them to be (I didn’t bring my good camera on holiday) I thought it’s still worth sharing because it’s so good! So here it is – made in the Philippines – Pineapple Lime (Calamansi) Bread! Hope you enjoy with your family!


Pineapple Lime Bread


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Pineapple Lime Bread
4.91 from 22 votes

Pineapple Calamansi (Lime) Bread

Crushed pineapple makes this bread super moist and flavorful plus a hint of local lime (calamansi) adds a layer of citrusy tang! No butter or oil is ever used in the batter so it’s healthy and good for you!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Filipino
Keyword calamansi bread, calamansi lime, easy pineapple bread, easy quick bread recipe, lime bread, pineapple bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 Loaves
Author Manila Spoon


  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cups or 1 (15 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1-2 tbsp calamansi or lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup pecans or nut of choice, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the eggs, sugar, crushed pineapple and lime juice in another bowl. Blend well. Pour the egg mixture to the flour mixture; stir to mix.

  2. Fold in nuts, if using. Spoon the mixture into a greased or parchment paper-lined (or banana leaf-lined) 9×5-inch loaf pan (if making one large loaf) or two (8×4) loaf pans.

  3. Bake for about 30-35 minutes (if using 2 loaf pans) or 45-50 minutes if using one large loaf tin or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Perfect morning bread or for snack time!

Recipe Notes

The version of the bread on the photos is nut-free but you can choose to add some if you like it. I've tried both. Equally good!



  1. Jesse-Gabriel
    July 17, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    5 stars
    Der Kuchen sieht so lecker aus so schön fluffig und soft, locker!
    Viele Grüße,

  2. Taleen | Just As Tasty
    July 18, 2020 / 12:06 am

    5 stars
    How delicious! I’ve never tried pineapple lime bread, but you’ve convinced me. This looks so good!

  3. July 18, 2020 / 1:30 am

    5 stars
    I love calamansi limes! We ate them all the time in South East Asia. This bread looks so moist and delicious – full of flavor. And absolutely understand you miss your family so it’s great to have a lengthy stay sometimes.

  4. Maria
    July 18, 2020 / 5:32 am

    5 stars
    This looks so moist and delicious, especially with the pineapple! So nice that you are able to spend an extended amount of time with your family!

  5. Sarah James
    July 18, 2020 / 8:50 am

    5 stars
    How lovely that you can spend the time with your parents, you must really miss them the rest of the year. Your pineapple and lime bread sounds delicious and I really like that it is fat free. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Colleen
    July 18, 2020 / 9:48 am

    5 stars
    I am making this asap! It looks so moist and delicious that it’s hard to believe there’s no oil or butter. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Lesli Schwartz
    July 18, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    What a great way to use pineapple! I used to have a fruit tree similar to these calamansi limes. We used to make Key Lime pies with them! This bread looks so moist and delish!

  8. Sondra Barker
    July 18, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds so delicious and the combination of pineapple and lime is one of my favorites!

  9. Jacqueline Debono
    July 18, 2020 / 4:19 pm

    5 stars
    This pineapple lime bread looks delicious. Really soft and moist. Amazing that your mum and your hubby share a birthday!

  10. Amy Liu Dong
    July 18, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    5 stars
    I have never tried to make this kind of flavor on bread but it’s interesting. I will definitely try this and hope it will turn good as yours.

  11. Kushigalu
    July 19, 2020 / 4:46 am

    5 stars
    What a unique pineapple lime bread recipe. Looks so flavorful too. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    July 19, 2020 / 1:31 pm

    5 stars
    What an amazing bread! I love how you added pineapple and lime for such a fresh twist on baking. Making this soon.

  13. Sapna
    July 19, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    5 stars
    Omg I can imagine how flavorful this bread must have been. Pineapple and limes sounds so refreshing together.

  14. Jen | Jen's Food Lab
    July 19, 2020 / 8:35 pm

    Omg, I love these flavors together! Calamansi is such an awesome flavor that I hope more people will try. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beth
    July 19, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    We have something like this in Hawaii called calamondin, which is different because they turn yellow, but might be worth a try if my friend has some on his tree. Love how moist this looks and I can imagine how happy your parents are when you bake it for them.

  16. Emily
    July 20, 2020 / 3:44 am

    5 stars
    This pineapple lime bread is so flavorful and delicious! The perfect bread for summer months!

  17. Georgina @ Culinary Travels
    July 20, 2020 / 7:57 am

    5 stars
    This pineapple lime bread looks so moist and packed with flavour. Perfect for summertime eating.

  18. April
    July 20, 2020 / 11:16 am

    5 stars
    Pineapple and lime sound like a great combination especially in bread! Sometimes it’s great to get away, especially when it’s to see your parents!

  19. Kari Alana
    July 20, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    I love calamansi and actually have some Filipino friends who grow them so will try this lovely pine-apple calamansi bread when I get some!

  20. Ramona
    July 20, 2020 / 2:29 pm

    5 stars
    WOW! I’ve never tried or made pineapple lime bread before and now I’m inspired to make my own! This looks super moist and very flavoursome. Thank you for sharing, will definitely try this out soon!

  21. Lathiya
    July 20, 2020 / 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    Pineapple is one of my favorite fruit to bake with. This pineapple bread with calamansi lime looks so moist and delicious.

  22. Tricia Putley
    July 21, 2020 / 4:43 am

    This looks lovely and I want to try it but I can’t buy crushed pineapple, do you know approx the weight ratio of the fruit to juice in a tin so I can make my own without spoiling the recipe.

    Many Thank

    • abigail
      July 21, 2020 / 7:16 am

      The recipe includes the measurement in cups too – please refer to that. It mentions 1 and 1/4 cups of crushed pineapple – so simply puree or blend fresh pineapple and include the juice/liquid with it (meaning the entire puree – do not drain). Hope it works for you. Thanks!

      • Haldis
        March 16, 2021 / 4:29 pm

        5 stars
        Grabbed two pineapples on “oops-sale” (half price due to being over-ripe; pineapple is not too common a find and extremely expensive over here), and was a bit unsure how to get through it all.
        I’m not a skilled or seasoned baker, but I had a thought that “banana bread is nice – I wonder if pineapple bread is a thing?”.

        I am so happy I found your recipe – it is absolutely delish, and the sponge is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

        • abigail
          March 16, 2021 / 5:00 pm

          You totally made my day Haldis so I truly appreciate you letting us know about this. Glad you enjoyed this. It’s been such a hard day and this helped brighten it up and inspired me to plod on. Thank you!!!

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