Banana Bread with added quinoa for extra protein, fiber and nutrients. This delicious banana bread is moist and full of flavor.
This is a perfect recipe for using up those ripe bananas we always seem to have.
Thank goodness for banana bread! Otherwise, I would have a whole lot of wasted bananas. For me, bananas have a perfect ripeness window of about two days max. Before then, they are too green.
After, they are too ripe. I end up making a lot of banana bread, banana muffins, and other banana recipes with all those ripe bananas. This time I decided to amp up my regular banana bread by adding quinoa!
If you love banana bread, you'll also want to check out this banana zucchini bread!
How to cook quinoa
When cooking quinoa, you want to first rinse it thoroughly in water. There is an outer coating that can taste bitter if you don't rinse it off first.
Measure desired amount of quinoa and pour it into a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and rub the grains with your fingers. Then pour it into a fine sieve and rinse under the water again.
Follow the directions for cooking on your package. Most usually have 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water. Boil water, add quinoa, and simmer with a lid for 10-15 minutes until all water is absorbed. Quinoa can be eaten hot or cold and takes on the flavor of whatever dish it's in.
You can also check out this recipe on how to cook quinoa.
Can you taste the quinoa in this bread?
The quinoa is almost unrecognizable in this bread. You really can't taste it at all. It does add a bit of a crunch on the outer edges.
My husband says he doesn't like quinoa, so he didn't believe me when I told him it was in the banana bread! Nothing like sneaking extra nutrition into something everyone is going to eat anyway!
Steps to make banana bread
- Use really ripe bananas - the browner the better
- Mash bananas before adding to mixture
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside
- Mix eggs, sugar and butter together
- Fold in mashed bananas
- Add dry ingredients
- Fold in cooked quinoa
Full sized or mini loaves?
I used mini loaf pans for this bread. I like the small size and the slices are just a perfect size!
To make mini loaves bake in 4 mini loaf pans for 45 minutes. To make full sized loaves use 2 full size loaf pans and bake for 55-60 minutes.
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Quinoa Banana Bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 whole eggs (lightly beaten)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup salted butter (melted)
- 3 medium bananas (mashed (1 ½ cups))
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooked and cooled)
- Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together2 cups flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In another bowl, mix eggs, sugar and butter together2 whole eggs, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup salted butter
- Fold in bananas3 medium bananas
- Mix in dry ingredients
- Mix in quinoa1 cup cooked quinoa
- Spray loaf pans and divide batter between 4 mini loaf pans
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
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This recipe was originally published in March of 2015. The photos and post have been updated.