Today I am sharing with you my banana walnut quinoa bars. I came up with this recipe as an alternative to baked oatmeal (and because I had a lot of leftover quinoa in the fridge!)
Banana and walnut combined is one of my absolute favorite flavors! It reminds me of when I was a child, and my parents would take us to the Dan’l Webster Inn for brunch some weekends. We would always order the bananas foster French toast (I checked, and it’s still on their menu 20 years later!) This was my dream breakfast. Add in some maple syrup and something creamy on top, and my tastebuds are in heaven.
My banana walnut quinoa bars do a great job at bringing back my delicious childhood memory. It may not be quite as decadent, but it’s a healthy and delicious alternative!
How to Serve Banana Walnut Quinoa Bars
I love to serve my banana walnut quinoa bars warm if we are enjoying them for a weekend meal or brunch date. I serve them right out of the oven and top them with some maple yogurt, sweet roasted nuts, granola or maple cream. You can sprinkle some cinnamon on top for an extra beautiful effect and warming flavor.
We also appreciate making these banana walnut quinoa bars during our weekly meal prep and storing them in the fridge. I cut them into squares or bars, so we can easily grab some on the go. They are really easy to eat and enjoy in the car because they are basically crumb-free! They would also make a perfect addition to any lunch box. If your kids are completely nut free you can omit them. Annabelle is allergic to walnuts, so I occasionally make these with cashews (but chocolate chips would be amazing too).
The Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is a wonderful
I could go on and on about how amazing quinoa is, but I’ll leave that for another post. Here is the recipe for my banana walnut quinoa bars.
Banana Walnut Quinoa Bars- Vegan and Gluten Free
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (prepare according to package)
- 2 medium sized ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbs ground flax meal with 5 tbs of water for 15 minutes)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Bob’s red mill gluten free all purpose baking flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
- Mix together the cooked quinoa, mashed bananas, walnuts, maple syrup, vanilla, flax eggs, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until well incorporated.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
- Add the flour mixture into the quinoa mixture and stir well.
- Spread evenly into your baking dish.
- Bake for 30-32 minutes
- Enjoy warm out of the oven or cold. Top your banana walnut quinoa bake with maple cream, fresh fruit, granola, etc.
What do you think? Isn’t my banana walnut quinoa bars recipe easy? Let me know if you try it!