RECIPES: SUNFLOWER SEED + QUINOA BANANA BREAD
Banana bread is extremely nostalgic for me. It reminds me of my Mama, as nothing will or ever beat her banana bread / muffins. She was a baker, quite honestly I'm not, at least it doesn't come naturally to me, like her. Give me vegetables all day, everyday, but baked goods not so much. It's not that I don't enjoy it, I just rather be spending more time with my veggie friends, we're best buds! Pastries and myself are simply acquaintances. I've also never been a 'sweets' person apart from candy, any and all sour and gummy things, when I was teenager, but grew out of that in my early teens thank goodness, or else I would have no teeth right now.
All of this to say, Banana Bread will always hold a special place in my heart, as apart from her cinnamon buns, these were my absolute favorite! My mom's last few years of her life (she passed away from Breast Cancer in 2003) were not the best, but somehow, I swear she was superwoman, she still baked her little heart out for us. Not only did she know it brought us happiness, it also made her feel at peace, and ultimately she only wanted to bring other people joy!
So on a rainy day this past week, with overripe bananas sitting in my fruit + avocado bowl, I set out to make this Banana Bread. It will never, ever, ever come close to hers, but hopefully she is shining down and simply smiling because I tried. In the end that is all that matters! Baking is not my passion, but every now and then it's good to step outside the comfort zone, try something new, and bring others warmth and love through your hands and food.
Here is my Sunflower + Quinoa Banana Bread Recipe, I hope you enjoy it! Bake it, share it, enjoy it with friends over a nice cup of tea and spread the love.
- 1/3 Cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
- 2 eggs or a chia/flax 'egg'. I used chia seeds! 2 TBSP chias, soaked in 6 TBSP of water for 15 minutes
- 3 large super ripe bananas mashed
- 1/4 cup milk of choice or water (I used coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon basking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups of flour of choice (I used quinoa to make it gluten free!) I would suggest a nut flour, as it gives the bread a great texture + flavor & it's also GF. I had Quinoa on hand, so used that.
- OPTIONAL to top: nuts / seeds (I used sunflower seeds for some crunch), sliced banana, raisins, dark chocolate chunks
That's it! Super simple. Combine the wet and dry ingredients separately and once both are mixed, add them together to get your batter like texture.
- Pre heat oven to 350 F
- Put a little bit of coconut oil in the pan to make sure the loaf doesn't stick (I forgot to do this, and it STUCK!)
- Pour the batter into the pan
- Bake for 55-60 minutes (Until golden brown on top!)
- Let it cool for a 15-20 minutes
- Eat and Enjoy! I spread a bit of pumpkin seed butter on my slices and it was divine. A cup of tea and 3 slices later, I was super happy and satisfied.
Have a beautiful weekend with your loved ones!