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Quinoa Banana Bread

Updated on August 14, 2012
yummy, quinoa banana bread
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Banana bread is my favorite quick bread to make, and if I put chocolate chips in it, it does not last long in the house. I have made many versions of banana bread, but I have never tried using quinoa in it before. For this recipe, I grind up the quinoa in my coffee grinder and use it mixed in with my unbleached flour. Quinoa is considered a "super food" and is related to spinach. It is high in protein, fiber, iron and calcium. It is not a grain, but is treated like one in most recipes. I have used it in place of rice in many recipes and in this one I use it like flour. It does not have a noticeable taste if you keep it at about a third of the amount of flour used. In this case, I used one cup of flour to a 1/2 cup of quinoa. I actually measured out a 1/4 cup dry quinoa and as it grinds up, it fluffs to about a 1/2 cup.

This bread turns out to be a nice, hearty loaf of banana bread, and yet it is still very moist. I love banana bread fresh out of the oven, but I do have to say this loaf is better if you let it sit for 24 hours. It is much less crumbly and does not fall apart like it does the first day. If you try making this version of banana bread, please let me know what you think of it. Quinoa is so healthy for you that I think anywhere that you can fit it into your diet, that is a great thing. You will not even notice it in this and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!


Quinoa banana bread

substitute ground quinoa for 1/2 Cup of the flour
substitute ground quinoa for 1/2 Cup of the flour | Source
finished bread right out of the oven
finished bread right out of the oven | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Makes one loaf of banana bread

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 Cup ground quinoa, will fluff to about a 1/2 cup
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour, I use unbleached flour
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chips, for decoration on top of the bread

Making quinoa banana bread

  1. Measure out 1/4 Cup dry quinoa. Grind it up until it is very fine in texture, this will become a half cup for the recipe. I use a coffee grinder to grind up my quinoa to use in recipes if I am not using cooked quinoa. Set ground quinoa aside and add in with the flour later.
  2. Use very ripe bananas and mash 3 or 4 of them in a large bowl.
  3. Melt 1/2 Cup butter (1 stick). Add butter to the mashed bananas and mix well.
  4. In a separate dish, beat the egg with a fork or a wisk until it is an even consistency. Pour the beaten egg into the banana mixture. Add the sugars and the Vanilla into the batter.
  5. Add the tsp cinnamon - I only use Penzy's Vietnamese Cinnamon, I think it is the best!
  6. Add the baking soda and a pinch of salt.
  7. Finally, mix in the flour and ground quinoa.
  8. Bake at 350° for about 55 minutes. I begin checking my quick breads at 45 minutes, a toothpick should come out clean (or mostly clean) in the center and the bread will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan when it is done.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I just made this again yesterday and used honey instead of brown sugar. It is very good and moist, better on the second day. I would definitely recommend wrapping this bread in plastic and putting it in the fridge overnight before cutting into it. It is worth the wait!

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I hope if you make this you enjoy it too! I love hearty breads and this is a pretty hearty banana bread.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I have not ever seen quinoa flakes before, will keep my eyes open for them now!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is quite interesting. I have never heard of using quinoa like this, but I am all for the healthier sounding version. Thhanks for sharing.

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh yum! I love using quinoa in baking as I'm a coeliac. My favourite way to use it is by adding quinoa flakes - you can hardly tell they're in there because they're so soft and fluffy :)

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Compost all year round. It actually "cooks" so it doesn't freeze during the winter. I was a lazy composter. I just threw the "ingredients" in the top, let it cook in the middle, then pulled the finished product out of the bottom of the composter every spring. Basically, I had three layers all the time: fresh on top, under construction in the middle and finished on the bottom. Remember: no fat, no meat, no bones. Everything else can go in. Weeds, leaves, grass clippings, eggshells, coffee grounds, veggie and fruit peels, fruit cores and any other veggie matter that you can think of.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I have seen composters at Home Depot and have also read about building them myself. I think we could just build one easily, but first we have to get the garage roof reshingled. Once that is done, we can clean up the space where we want to put the composter. Do you mind my asking, can I do it year round? Would it be worth starting this fall or should I wait till spring when the snow is gone?

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you for checking out the recipe and pinning it! I hope you enjoy it, too, I need to get some bananas again soon - am really craving this!

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      Cherry Red 5 years ago from London, England

      Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds fantastic! I will definitely be trying, and have pinned it too. Thanks again.

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      I composted for years. It's so easy! I just moved into a townhouse. I have a tiny backyard for a garden but no space for a composter. It breaks my heart to throw away perfectly good garbage!

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I have heard of using banana peels in the garden, but have not done it myself yet. We really want to get a composter going one of these days too. I hope you like the banana bread! I am feeling the need to bake some again soon.

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Brilliant use of quinoa! Great combo with bananas, another food that is good for you. Doctors recommend bananas for potassium to their heart patients. I use the peels in my gardens to add potassium to the soil.

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      This is very interesting. I've never used quinoa before, but this is an interesting way to start. I love banana bread!

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      iheartkafka 5 years ago

      I agree with the previous comment, such a cool use for quinoa! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it out.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I also grind up the quinoa for my quinoa nutella energy bites.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I thought it was worth a try and I tried it! sometimes, experimenting in the kitchen works well for me, not always, but this time it went right! I hope if you try it you like it, too.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I never knew that you could use quinoa in this way. Awesome. Thanks for the tip.