Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

quinoa chocolate banana bread

Easy and gluten-free banana bread that is sweetened with just fruit. It’s oil-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free (if you don’t decorate with hazelnuts like in the photo).

The basic recipe is for a rich cacao chocolate bread. If you want it sweeter then double the amount of raisins or add some liquid sweetener. I like my dark chocolate so just use half a cup of raisins. For non-dark chocolate lovers, you will want to add some more sweetness.

quinoa chocolate banana bread recipe

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

  • Total time: 1h 20m
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Calories: 170 cal
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Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 cup / 180g Quinoa, soaked overnight
  • ½ cup /  75g Raisins
  • ½ cup / 50g Cocoa/Cacao powder
  • ½ cup / 50g  Desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 tbsp Chia seeds, soaked in 9 tbsp water
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Water

Topping

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa/Cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp Nuts or seeds like Hazelnuts or Coconut

Method

  1. Soak the quinoa the night before, then drain and rinse.
  2. Soak the chia while adding everything for the banana bread into a blender then add the chia last.
  3. Blend smooth and pour into a greaseproof paper lined tin.
  4. Bake for an hour at 190C / 375F until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  5. Leave to cool and firm while you make the icing. It will firm up as it cools.
  6. Mash two bananas with 2 tbsp of cacao powder.
  7. Spread the icing on the cooled cake and top with chopped nuts or seed.
  8. Enjoy within 3 days and keep in the fridge.

Equipment: Blender, Oven, 8″ Baking dish and Greaseproof paper

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Video

Overripe bananas that are almost too soft to eat are perfect for this recipe as they are super sweet, soft and fluffy. It’s the perfect recipe to use up bananas.

This base recipe is nut-free but I just love hazelnuts and chocolate so couldn’t resist sprinkling a few chopped on top. These are totally optional and can be replaced with seeds like sunflower seeds or coconut shreds if you prefer.

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Vegan

For only mild banana lovers you can replace the frosting with something like my chocolate avocado frosting then the banana bread will only contain two bananas. Just about any of my frostings work well on this but I wanted to use a lighter low-fat frosting as many of the others contain nuts or coconut and I know some prefer a lighter topping.

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Gluten-free

It’s best to soak your quinoa overnight, but a 15 min soak is still fine if that’s all you’ve got the time for. This helps to make the seed more digestible and able to cook in the oven. Do not boil your quinoa for this recipe – it’s cooked in the oven so you can disregard the cooking instructions on the back of the packet.

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Nut-free

The chia only needs a few mins to soak up the water so if you soak it first while adding everything else it will be ready to add as the final ingredient. I recommend grinding the chia seeds before soaking in a small blender or coffee grinder.

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Sugar-free

The icing is a bit on the soft runny side using just a banana and cacao powder. It does set more in the fridge overnight but if you want something more solid try mixing the banana with melted chocolate. Also if you have a sweet tooth add some liquid sweetener to the icing.

Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe - Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free

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6 thoughts on “Quinoa Chocolate Banana Bread”

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hello K, the raisins and desiccated coconut aren’t mentioned specifically in the recipe as I just say to “add everything for the banana bread into the blender.” I’m trying to keep the method as short and concise as possible. There’s a quick video if anything is unclear 🙂

  1. Just made this and I love it. It’s very dark chocolate bitter like so for my husband I added honey to the icing and then he liked it. If you are used to very sweet normal cakes you will want to add some honey and dates into chocolate bread!

    1. Hello, it’s before being soaked 🙂 all directions on my recipes are for the dry amount unless otherwise stated

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