SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

December 23, 2018

This SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread is a healthy way to enjoy subtle sweet flavors of banana and chocolate chips, along with a good dose of protein from a versatile grain during any given morning or evening indulgence. Not only is it delicious, but it also showcases just how great tasting SunButter actually is. All vegan ingredients. 

SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

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SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

I always enjoy making vegan sweet treats. I don’t know if it’s because I have a huge sweet tooth, but sweet recipes for me is the most exciting part of my day! Haha.

More importantly, I’m even more thrilled when I can entirely indulge on what is made because it’s dairy-free and vegan, like this recipe!

Usually, Banana bread (the Traditional version) is something that is a staple in my family’s Jamaican culture, however, I wanted to add a great modern twist to it, while still keeping things pretty healthy and I am well pleased with this version.

Before I head right into the awesome things about this recipe, can a girl be honest for a sec? Now that we’re heading head first into Christmas, I must say that I am ill-prepared! This year has been such a world-wind, that I haven’t even gotten myself together enough to purchase gifts, prep any meals for Christmas Day, or ANY OF THAT STUFF. This Christmas is definitely more of a humbling lesson that it’s the important things that matter like family, a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and such!

So, if you’re like me—don’t sweat it. Life happens. Things don’t always work out as planned, but all things work together for your good!

Cheers to life and another year of being grateful and make that quick (and easy!) cup of Hot Chocolate (Vegan or non-vegan) and remember the reason for the season—Jesus (if you’re religious like that anyway!).

SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

More importantly, I’m spending the rest of this Holiday season prepping for 2019 because I am determined to make it a Year of my Becoming! If you’re with me on this too, then take the lessons you’ve learned this year and work it into your favor. No giving up! Failure is never an option.

OK, I’m done with the light encouragement. Back to this recipe–Previously, I’ve collaborated with SunButter and made these Vegan Banana Oatmeal SunButter Mini Muffins which were widely popular amongst those who follow Orchids + Sweet Tea! They are a great healthy option for the entire family. Loaded with awesome levels of nutrition, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, Folate, and the list goes on; not to mention a hint of sunflower seed flavor from this creamy SunButter, these mini muffins are the perfect little bites for breakfast, brunch, snack, or dinner. Gluten-Free option available.

OK, now let’s talk about SunButter. If you’ve been following this blog for some time, then you’ll know that I am a HUGE believer in using the best, most quality ingredients, which is the key to eating healthier. Like many of my faves and go-to’s like Bob Red Mill’s, Sugar in the Raw, Enjoy Life Products, Purely Elizabeth, Justin’s, and more; SunButter is one of great quality, has no GMOs, vegan, gluten-free, and so GOOD! Plus, SunButter is free from the top 8 allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, and crustacean shellfish.

I definitely recommend purchasing a jar or two on their website or a major retailer like Amazon. Don’t worry–you can always see Where To Buy SunButter.

And I know what you’re thinking—why Quinoa, right? Whelp, firstly, I love eating this stuff from my favorite brand—truRoots. Their organic quinoa is so easy to make, a very versatile grain, and just a perfect way to eat a weekday meal that you don’t want to spend hours slaving over! Secondly, Quinoa is an awesome source of Plant compounds, Protein, and is a great option for those who are Gluten intolerant. Plus, I’ve found that Quinoa adds a nice fullness to most breakfast and sweets dishes—try these Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes + Praline Syrup for one!

SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or grease it using vegan butter).

Start by grinding the oats into flour using a food processor.

In a small bowl, add chia seeds with water, stirring until combined and letting it sit for 2-3 minutes until it becomes gel-like.

Combine the mashed bananas, coconut oil, SunButter, maple syrup, and Almond milk together in a medium bowl and mix until well combined. **NOTE: Add additional milk, 1 Tbsp at a time if batter is too thick!**

Then stir in organic all-purpose flour, oat flour, cooked quinoa, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia eggs, and sea salt and mix together using a rubber spatula until well incorporated! **Try not to over-mix!** 

Fold in the chocolate chips.

 Add batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife that is inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for a bit before removing it from loaf pan to cool for 10 minutes or so.

Slice and bon appetite!

SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread
SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

SunButter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup SunButter, No Sugar Added
  • 1 1/2 cups Organic all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup Organic rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3 large Organic ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (I used the truRoots brand)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (If you use a highly potent brand like Bob’s Red Mill, use a little less than 1/2 tsp instead!)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup (Lessen for less sweetness!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ‘chia egg’–1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsps water
  • 3/4 cup Almond milk + more if needed! (I used the Califia Farms brand)
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used The Enjoy Life Foods brand)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or grease it using vegan butter).
  • Start by grinding the oats into flour using a food processor.
  • In a small bowl, add chia seeds with water, stirring until combined and letting it sit for 2-3 minutes until it becomes gel-like.
  • Combine the mashed bananas, coconut oil, SunButter, maple syrup, and Almond milk together in a medium bowl and mix until well combined. **NOTE: Add additional milk, 1 Tbsp at a time if batter is too thick!**
  • Then stir in organic all-purpose flour, oat flour, cooked quinoa, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia eggs, and sea salt and mix together using a rubber spatula until well incorporated! **Try not to over-mix!** 
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  •  Add batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife that is inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  • Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for a bit before removing it from loaf pan to cool for 10 minutes or so.
  • Slice and bon appetite!

Tips & Tricks

For Storage: Refrigerate for up to 1 week and re-heat desired slice(s) in the oven or microwave when serving. At room temperature, can last 1-2 days!

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  1. Help! I am redy to make this and as i was ready the directions, it says “combine…coconut oil….” There is no coconut oil listed in ingredient list! How the heck do I know how much to use?!?!? Please respond ASAP Thanks

    • Hi Wendy! So sorry! I didn’t realize I missed that! You use 1/4 cup of coconut oil! Be sure to let me know how it turns out! I hope you enjoy!

      • Hi again. OK, so my bread is like a dark brown color on top and inside it is definitely kinda green! Not sure why but I will tell you that it tastes amazing!! It is so moist. I cannot believe it is vegan. I just wish I knew why it’s not the most appetizing in appearance! I used all of the ingredients in your recipe except the sugar free sun butter. Mine was not sugar free, just all natural. No clue but glad it tastes so yummy!

      • Hi Wendy! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the taste! I did a little research and found that the discoloration might be a chemical reaction from the baking soda and SunButter, due to the elements in the SunButter. As a result, I’d recommend using 1/2 tsp of baking soda next time (I’ve updated the recipe, since it depends on the brand of baking soda used). Don’t worry–this has happened to me with the Banana muffins I made using SunButter also, but totally forgot! Thanks so much for the update! Enjoy!

      • You’re super welcome! And I’m so glad that you love it! I’m sure your friend will enjoy it as well!

  2. Great recipe! I love using quinoa in bread recipes as it makes it so much healthier. I also think you nailed it by adding chocolate chips to this one. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I’ve never tried Sun Butter, but with so many people with peanut allergies these days I love knowing what alternatives are out there! Thanks for this!

  4. I’ve never tried Sun Butter before, but my daughter has peanut allergies, so I’m always looking for substitutes for her. I have a feeling she’s going to LOVE this bread — especially with the chocolate chips!

    • Yes, SunButter is such a great option and this bread is so good! I’m sure that your daughter would love it!

    • Hi there By any chance do you know how much coconut oil to put in this recipe? I am about to make it but it is omitted from the list of ingredients and I can’t get a response from site owner. Help!

      • Hi Wendy! I actually responded to your last comment! You use 1/4 cup of coconut oil!

      • It’s in the oven. It’s a weird color – kinda’ like a dark green! Doesn’t look like the color of yours but I’ll hope once it’s done, it’s ok!! I’ll keep you posted.

      • I’m not sure why it would turn dark green, but I’m sure that it’ll turn out great! Can’t wait to hear back!