Using quinoa flour instead of traditional wheat flour in this gooey, flavorful quinoa flour banana bread gives your body a boost of complete plant-based protein, magnesium and iron.
Hello and happy Monday!
If you are just here for the recipe, skip to the bottom!
I was fortunate enough to have a long weekend thanks to a visit from Mom and Brian having an extra day off.
Our weekend was filled with shopping around local boutiques and antique stores, eating delicious food at restaurants within walking distance of our house, yoga with the Indianapolis Symphony, hiking in Brown County, and completing housework to continue making our house our home.
If you are in the Meridian Kessler area and are looking for a fun place to grab a tasty cocktail and an appetizer, we highly recommend Bar One Fourteen. It’s right next door to Napolese and just opened this past Friday. Inside, it’s very dark and has an intimate, speak easy feel (only about 14 seats!). The cocktails are flavorful and strong, and you MUST try the crudite.
Our hike in Brown County was surprisingly better than expected. We were lucky enough to complete some pretty fantastic hikes in Colorado, and without mountains it will be hard to compare anything we do in Indiana to those hikes. That being said, Brown County was very hilly, full of forest, and little creeks of water. We can’t wait to see how pretty things get when the leaves come out!
Let’s talk about this quinoa flour banana bread!
A couple of weeks ago, my friend introduced me to quinoa flour and quinoa flakes. I had experimented with quinoa flour a bit in the past, but I had never tried quinoa flakes.
Both are high in plant-based protein containing all nine essential amino acids and they are great sources of magnesium, fiber, and iron. Quinoa flour and quinoa flakes are both low in FODMAPs, so I was very onboard with trying this new-to-me food!
I opted to make banana bread because 1) we had brown bananas on the counter 2) My mom was coming to visit and banana bread is always something delicious and fun to share with guests and 3) Brian likes having something sweet like banana bread or muffins in his lunch for a mid morning snack.
This bread was a total win!
Not only is it nutritious, but the flavor and texture are spot on! (The added chocolate chips probably help in that department!).
If you are interested in trying this bread and quinoa flour/flakes out, you can typically find them in the bulk section of health food stores like Fresh Thyme, or online. For me, quinoa flakes can be a bit harder to find – so I recommend calling ahead to make sure your store has them.
If you are looking to make substitutions, I have not tested the following suggestions but I think they should work:
You could sub another nut butter for peanut butter (you can’t really taste the peanut butter, it’s added more for texture).
You could use regular milk for the almond milk, or another nut milk.
The flax meal is added for a boost of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. If you want to try chia seeds or even chia meal that may work.
You could try subbing agave or honey for the maple syrup.
To make this vegan, try using a flax egg instead of a traditional egg.