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Quinoa Banana Bread

March 23, 2015 (Last Updated: February 2, 2020)

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Banana Bread with added quinoa for extra protein, fiber and nutrients. This delicious banana bread is moist and full of flavor. 

Homemade bread cooling in pans.

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 with all those ripe bananas.  This time I decided to amp up my regular banana bread by adding quinoa!

Quinoa is a “super grain!” Actually, if you read about quinoa, it’s not really a grain at all.  But as far as cooking goes, it’s just like a grain.  It is high in protein and is high in many nutrients including iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus and magnesium.

Quinoa is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Quinoa does not have gluten so it is a great alternative for people who are gluten intolerant.

Loaves of banana bread on a baking sheet.

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 fingers.  Then pour it into a fine sieve and rinse under the water again.

Follow directions for cooking on your package.  Most usually have 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water.  Boil water, add quinoa, simmer with 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.

Sliced banana bread on a wooden cutting board.

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!


How 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
  • Bake

Do I make 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. 

Other Great Recipes Using Quinoa:

Three small loaves of bread lined up on a baking sheet.

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4.84 from 6 votes
Quinoa Banana Bread
Quinoa Banana Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Banana bread made healthier with added quinoa.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, bread, quinoa banana bread recipe, quinoa recipes, quiona bread
Servings: 4 mini loaves
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  1. Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together

  2. In another bowl, mix eggs, sugar and butter together

  3. Fold in bananas

  4. Mix in dry ingredients

  5. Mix in quinoa

  6. Spray loaf pans and divide batter between 4 mini loaf pans

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

I used four mini loaf pans. If using large pans increase baking time by 5-10 minutes.Β 

Cut each mini loaf into 8 slices.Β 

Test for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the middle of a loaf. If toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.Β 

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (2 slices)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 191IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    January 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Haven’t tried it yet but is the recipe for 1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 1 cup of quinoa, cooked?

    • Reply
      January 21, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      You will need to cook the quinoa and use one cup of the cooked quinoa in this recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Jean Kluse
    December 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    What is a serving? 215 calories per mini loaf pan? or per slice, but how many slices per pan.
    Maybe you have it somewhere, but I cant see it.
    I am excited to make this recipe and I know I can figure it out on my own, but if you already have
    done it….Well, you get it…
    Thanks, JK

    • Reply
      December 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Jean,
      Thanks for your question and you’re right, a serving isn’t clear! I’ve updated the recipe and hopefully it’s easier to understand. I make 4 mini loaves and cut each loaf into 8 slices. A serving is 2 slices.
      Happy Baking!

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    Lia B
    September 7, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I just made this bread and it really is a keeper! I only made half the recipe, because I wasn’t sure my people would like it. Super easy and delicious. And, since I always tweak recipes, after buttering the mold I always sprinkle sugar all over instead of flour; it adds a little crunchiness and serves the same purpose. Mine came out a little darker than yours maybe cause I used brown sugar and tri-colori quinoa, but yummy anyway.

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      September 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Lia,
      I love the idea of a little extra sugar in the pan. That sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    March 30, 2019 at 8:37 am

    made this, however, I would put step 2 in front of step 1 since i mixed my sugar with my dry ingredients and the next step is to mix sugar with butter. Thanks!

    • Reply
      April 1, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I usually mix my sugar in with my butter first and then in with the dry ingredients. Glad this worked out for you. Happy Baking! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    January 6, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    This bread is delicious! My family all said “This is a keeper”!

    • Reply
      January 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Colleen! I’m so glad everyone loved it! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 29, 2018 at 9:11 am

    5 stars
    What a good use of q uinoa

  • Reply
    July 25, 2018 at 7:39 am

    5 stars
    These are really good. My 21 month old loves them. I only used 1/2 cup of coconut sugar and added some wheat bran and they were still nice and sweet. Thank you for posting a recipe with quinoa that is not overly healthy…ie. no sugar, fat free, egg free, grain free…blah blah blah. I just wanted a nice somewhat healthy recipe and this is itπŸ‘Œ

    • Reply
      July 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thanks, Kirsten! I’m so glad you love this banana bread. I like the changes you’ve made – great idea! Happy Baking πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    May 6, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    Genius idea! Making these tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    February 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    4 stars
    I made this bread hoping my son who’s a super picky eater would like it, so he could take it to school for a protein snack and he did like it! So thank you very much!
    I used whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup maple syrup.

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      February 6, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      I’m so glad your son loved it! Adding maple syrup sounds like a wonderful flavor booster! Great idea!!!

  • Reply
    Cathy Mullin
    October 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Can you recommend a substitute for the 1 cup of sugar? I am a diabetic and have to watch the sugar content. I love quinoa and am anxious to try this.

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Hello Cathy,
      I haven’t tried making this with anything other than the listed ingredients. I’m not sure what a good substitute for the sugar would be.

  • Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Would this make two regular loafs or just one? It sounds delicious! I will be trying it with a gluten free flour blend.

    • Reply
      May 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Cara,
      It would make two regular sized loaf pans. I haven’t used gluten free flour before. Let me know how it turns out.

  • Reply
    Renee Sheffer
    March 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

    5 stars
    I work at a surgeons’ office and we are all trying to eat healthier. I made this for a breakfast staff meeting on a day it was someone’s birthday. No one missed the cake. It was amazing!

    • Reply
      March 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Thanks so much! I’m glad everyone loved it!

  • Reply
    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    March 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    going to have to remember to try quinoa and banana together in recipes as i know i love baking with quinoa as it gives a great texture and flavor. well done!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Kelsey!

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        March 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        One question….do you use 1 cup of quinoa dry and cook that to add, or do you add 1 cup of cooked quinoa? It puffs up a little when you boil it so I just wondered what you do? This recipe sounds so delicious and healthy!! Can’t wait to try it!!?

        • Reply
          March 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

          Great question! I add one cup cooked quinoa. I measure it out after it is already cooked. Happy Cooking!

  • Reply
    March 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I didn’t know quinoa was supposed to be rinsed before cooking. Definitely need to do that next time! πŸ™‚ And this banana bread looks amazing!

    • Reply
      March 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks, Matea!

  • Reply
    March 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I love quinoa, but I’ve never thought to add it to quick bread! What a great way to boost the nutrition!

    • Reply
      March 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      I’m finding you can add quinoa to quite a bit!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    March 24, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’ve never baked with quinoa, but it’s such a great idea. I have several bananas that are getting super duper brown on my counter. I better use them to make this!

    • Reply
      March 24, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Yep….you’d better make some banana bread!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I love how you snuck a little quinoa in here. What a good idea! I’m always doing that to my family, sneaking in that healthy stuff when nobodies looking!! Banana bread is the best and such a great way to use up those brownish bananas. I’d rather eat a banana that’s solid green than one that’s just a little bit brown!

    • Reply
      March 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      I’m always looking for ways to sneak a little extra something into any dish!

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