Quinoa Banana Bread with Flax & Coconut oil


Fresh bananas mixed with oatmeal, flax-seed, quinoa, brown sugar  and just a dash of coconut oil makes a nutrient dense quinoa banana bread! Mmm delish, not to mention super healthy too ! Hurricane Sandy has us ( whole family) home today and usually that calls for extra snacks. I had a bunch of bananas threatening to get over ripe. I usually freeze ripe bananas for smoothies, but since I wasn’t sure if the  power was going to get cut off and leave me freezer- less, I decided to bake with it instead.  Although banana bread is a staple in our home I have never added quinoa to it before. I got this idea from my  friend Susan who blogs over at The Wimpy Vegetarian who used quinoa flour in her brownies and they looked and sounded fab ! You must check them out ! I did not have quinoa flour so I decided to cook the quinoa and added it to the bread. I used one cup oat flour and one cup whole oats. I wanted to give it a grainy texture with oats. I also used coconut oil and flax meal.  When the bread came out of the oven it smelled heavenly and was a little heavier than my usual banana bread probably because of the quinoa and whole oats. It tasted fabulous. My family devoured it which had me grinning from ear to ear. They don’t know all the nutritional junk I put in it 😉 ! I have cooked with quinoa before but I have never baked with it and now that my first experiment was a success, I can’t wait to use it other baked goodies ! This bread is also vegan and gluten-free ! 



A note about quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient grain that is becoming hugely popular especially with vegans and those who eat gluten-free. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain and is almost always organic. It is also high in  fiber. When cooking quinoa  use a proportion of 1 :2 quinoa to water. It swells to four times its size when cooked , so 1/4 cup raw quinoa will give you one cup cooked quinoa.



Nutrition Wise !

Apart from all the goodness in quinoa , this bread is nutrient dense bursting with healthy fat courtesy of the flax-seed and coconut oil. Flax meal also offers a healthy dose of omega 3 and lignans which protect against cancers. Bananas are high in potassium and B vitamins. All in all a healthy slice of bread that is nutrient dense and yummy !








Banana Quinoa Bread

Serves 1 loaf
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot


  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 cup oat flour (oats ground into flour)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


This high protein vegan gluten free bread is loaded with healthy fat and tastes yumm !


Boil quinoa in 1/2 cup water for 10- 15 minutes to get 1 cup cooked quinoa.
Blend 3 bananas till pureed,
Mix together cooked quinoa, oat flour, dry oats, coconut oil, brown sugar banana puree, ground flax and baking soda. Add coconut milk and beat for a few minutes.
Put mixture into baking dish and top with oats, Cut up one banana and add on top with oats. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes till baked.



  1. Hi , very nice recipe I always loved this kind of meal and this recipe is amazing i must tell to my wife to prepare this for some meal. thanks again

  2. This sounds fantastic – adding it to my list to try! I need to get my hands on coconut oil!!

  3. Never baked with quinoa before !! This looks fab ! Will try this . Thanks. I may add some nuts to it.

  4. Love this recipe. I like the idea of cooking the quinoa first. Must make it very dense am thinking. Will try this recipe with muffins I think. Love the look of the raw oats. Looks very whole grain. Great job !

  5. I love quinoa but have never baked with it … Gotta try it :-)

  6. Can someone help me to discover more details about how to find a way to having a great Flaxseed oil vegetarian with omega nutrition dishes ?

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  7. I like this bread very much :). I’m still wondered why you call this bread as junk nutrients. But, I’m still call this bread as yummie breads :)

  8. this is such a moist bread. I am very curious to add quinoa to my baking goods now. thanks for the inspiration.

  9. What a great way to get more protein into bread! I’m definitely going to try adding quinoa to my next loaf.

  10. Looks like you’re on a quinoa trip… I just saw your tomato-spinach dish, and I think I somehow prefer quinoa in savory dishes! I am surprised this one got 3 1/2 rolling pins… Worth a try then? Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sunithi, this looks just wonderful!! Your bread looks like it came out so hearty, rustic, and moist. I want to make it now – and start experimenting with baking with whole quinoa. What’s nicer about the whole quinoa is you don’t have to worry about the flavor of the saporin (that gives it a soapy-ish flavor) since you’ve rinsed it off. You don’t notice it with bold flavors like chocolate, but for your bread I think you took exactly the right approach. I can’t wait to make it. Hope you came through the Sandy storms all warm, dry and safe. So nice tweeting with you over the weekend :-)

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      You know I got the inspiration from you :) ! Interesting point you made about whole Vs flour. I’ve never used the flour. Only the whole. Now that you mentioned it, think I’ll stick with the whole. Thanks for the input. My first time adding it to baked product. Let me know what you make with it ! Will love to check it out :) ! Sandy passed us so safe and sound. Lovely to have met you through #Sunday Supper :) !

  12. And thanks so much for the link to my brownies!!! Really nice of you :-)

  13. Looks amazing. Can’t go wrong with oatmeal. This would make a good breakfast.

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Was quite surprised actually ! With all that nutritional junk in it did taste good. Very rough texture but yummy ! Thanks !

  14. For me, banana bread wouldn’t be complete if there is no coconut oil as part of its ingredients. When I need to choose between butter and coconout oil, I’d still choose the latter due to the benefits that it gives.

  15. Karen Poore says:

    While I was cleaning up, I found I forgot to put in the flax seed which took the most work manually grinding. Grrr
    Super moist … bread pudding kind of. I baked it for ten minutes longer (tooth pick test) too.
    Used everything organic except for the brown sugar. This is the first time I have baked without diary!
    I will be making this again!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      So glad ! it is a yummy bread isn’t it ? :) The flax adds a crunchy texture to it and a nutty flavor ! Oat bread is the best !! Good for you !

  16. Is there a substitute for coconut milk?

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