Quinoa Banana Bread

A moist and delicious loaf of quinoa banana bread is waiting. You’ll want to grab the butter–it’s a must on any slice of fresh warm bread!

A couple of months ago my husband gave me a challenge. It’s only been since I was 18 that I had my cholesterol checked and had a physical.  Now in my early 30’s it was probably time for another physical. Since I’m kindof a competitive person, I decided that if I had to get a physical, my husband had to get his blood drawn to see how he was doing too. I’d win. I didn’t pick a fair opponent though. He’s got Type 1 diabetes and Addison’s. I totally had this one in the bag.

quinoa banana bread

And I did. But it didn’t stop me from having anxiety for the several days I waited for the blood results to get back. I am the same age my Dad was when he started having health problems. What if something showed up?

For the first time in my life, I learned what it has been like for my husband every year since he was four years old. Would this be the test that showed my deepest inner fears? Would I suffer what my Dad suffered?

Thankfully, it wasn’t, but that fear still lingers a bit as I’m sure it does for him everytime he goes in. I’ve found it’s easy to brush aside something you don’t always face. So if it’s been awhile for you, give yourself a challenge. Get it done! See what changes YOU need to make in your life.

quinoa banana bread

Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for quinoa banana bread. Quinoa is fun to bake with because it gives a slight nutty flavor to many of the recipes you make. This bread is no exception. Grab some butter (or coconut butter, or vegan butter) and have it ready–this loaf is superb hot and fresh out of the oven with a little warm butter spread on it.

Quinoa Banana Bread


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or vegan margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup milk (can use coconut, almond, cows milk, etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (unbleached all purpose flour or whole wheat flour can be substituted)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2-3 tbsp old fashioned rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, pecans or walnuts for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one 9x5 inch bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the quinoa, bananas, oil, maple syrup or honey, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Slowly add in the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and flaxseed, stirring until smooth and all ingredients have been incorporated.
  3. Pour the dough into the bread pan. Sprinkle toppings on if desired.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow bread to cool in bread pan for approximately ten minutes before removing bread from pan to finish cooling completely on a cooling rack.
  5. Serve with coconut, vegan or regular butter if desired.

Adapted From CoffeeandQuinoa.com

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  1. I am with you on the physical. I face the same fears. I love quinoa and banana bread. Combing them both seems like a win-win situation to me and would definitely give it a try.

  2. Wow, this looks delish! Like that it’s packed with protein, too!

  3. All that's Jas says:

    Wow, I love quinoa but had no clue you can bake with it. This recipe goes to my MUST TRY list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks delish! It’s pinned, printed and ready to be tried… thank you for sharing it!

  5. Karen @ From the Garden Table says:

    I “horde” banana bread recipes and this is definitely one I haven’t seen before. Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for posting at Tasty Tuesdays!

  6. What a great recipe! It looks amazing. Pinned! Thanks for being a party of our party. Please stop by next Tuesday and share one of your brilliant ideas. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!


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