Quinoa, Banana & Date Loaf

Servings

Makes 1 Loaf – 900ml

Ready In:

1hrs

30 mins

Chef Tip:

Vegan Version this recipe works as a vegan loaf, it makes a denser loaf but slices well. Simply omit the eggs and whizz up all of the quinoa in the food processor. This helps bind the loaf together.

Introduction

This is a fantastic sweet snack, great to have for breakfast, with some nut butter or jam, or a sweet afternoon snack. It is a very moist bake and packed full of nutrients with the quinoa and dates. Also a healthy option compared to an afternoon cake as there is less added sugar with only 4 tbsps of maple syrup and natural sweetness from the banana.

Does it freeze well? Yes

Please see ingredient substitute list at the bottom of the recipe.

Ingredients

250g Cooked Quinoa (110g uncooked quinoa)

3 Bananas

60g Softened Butter (or coconut oil)

3 eggs (omit eggs if making a vegan loaf)

1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

150g Ground Almonds

½ tsp Sea Salt

1 Lemon Juiced

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

4 tbsp Maple Syrup

150g Dates (or raisins)

Equipment – 900ml loaf tin, parchment paper

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Cook Quinoa

Add quinoa to pan with 1.2 litres of water. Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Drain and leave to cool or run cold water over to cool it down. Make sure you train off the water before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

Step 2 – Prepare Tin and Pre-Heat Oven

Line loaf tin (900g) with parchment paper. Put the oven on to 180C

Step 3 – Make Bread

Blend all of the ingredients, apart from the dates (150g). Blend in food processor or mix by hand.

Fold through all of the dates.

Transfer to loaf tin and smooth down.

Step 4 – Bake 

Bake at 180C for 45 mins

Cover with parchment and foil and cook for a further 10 minutes. Test with a skewer which should come out clean.  

Once cool, you can  serve with nut butter or jam. Also delicious simply served as it is!

Substitutions

Butter – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil

Ground Cinnamon – Ground Ginger

Maple Syrup – Honey, Coconut Sugar

Dates – Dried fruit – Raisins, Apricots, Prunes, Figs

Ground Almonds – Flax seeds or gluten free flour (or plain flour – will not be gluten free though!)