Breadfruit Curry with John Cadman

On our travels to Hawaii we met up with John Cadman the breadfruit KING! What is breadfruit you might ask? It’s a strange looking fruit that makes the best curry dish you will ever try! Plus it’s his secret ingredient in his famous Pono Pies.


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John Cadman
Founder of Pono Pies
Maui, HI

John lived in the kitchen working for many top restaurants in Hawaii… Then he found breadfruit and his world changed for ever! Now he’s the founder and creator of the most popular dessert on the Islands! Pon Pies!

Pono Pies are a result of trying to develop healthy and satisfying desserts that utilize local ingredients to the greatest extent possible. Like many Americans, he had a sugar addiction. He would eat healthy most of the time but at the end of the day, John would always crave something sweet, and really CRAVE.

So began his experimentation with healthy, raw and vegan desserts. He gave on Breadfruit (‘Ulu) at a Maui Farmers Union meeting, which helped him to realize that Breadfruit embodies sustainability and food security more than any other food crop in Hawaii. Pono Pies are the result of incorporating this amazing fruit with his passion for healthy desserts

They use Maui Grown Breadfruit, Macadamia nuts from Waiehu, Haiku honey, and almond milk as a base. The crust is made from Macadamia nuts, dried coconut, almonds and some honey for sweetness.  They contain no sugar, flour or gluten, eggs, butter or dairy of any kind, and no GMO.

John kept getting such rave reviews that he decided to start a business. He had some really old Surfer magazines, a classic longboard, and some Endless Summer posters he sold to get things started.

The great part of this story is that because of cutting out processed sugar in his diet and replacing it with healthy desserts, the sugar cravings are gone.  He’s completely lost that insatiable appetite for sugar, and some weight as well.

We hope you enjoy eating John’s pies as much as we do!

No Joke… we love them!
Jason & Michelle – Dads That Cook

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