Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

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This hearty but moist banana bread is healthy enough for breakfast while still being sweet enough to feel like a treat.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

I have so much good stuff for you.  There was basically a three-day baking marathon to get ahead on blog posts.  The problem is, whenever I build up some recipe inventory, I have the hardest time waiting to share everything.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

This banana bread isn’t quite the most exciting recipe of the bunch, but it was necessary.  Sometimes you just need a baked good that isn’t going to give you an internal guilt trip if you eat it for breakfast!  Plus, with the bazillion brown bananas on my counter, banana bread was inevitable (my frozen banana collection is already out of control).

What I love about this recipe is that the banana bread came out moist but hearty.  I had a habit of cutting off a bit at a time until a huge slice was devoured, but Matt also enjoyed it for snacks over the course of a few days.  I think his favorite way to eat it was toasted with a smear of almond butter.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Quinoa flour is an ingredient I’ve never used before.  It’s actually commonly used in gluten-free recipes (there are some here), which is why I bought it in the first place, but I had bookmarked this high protein banana bread on Madison’s site a few months ago and decided to try it out.  Wondering where to get quinoa flour?  I actually found it at TJ Maxx (random much?), but Whole Foods, health food stores and Amazon are probably good resources as well.  I’m looking forward to playing around with it in future recipes!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Very slightly adapted from Espresso and Cream

Makes 8 nice-sized slices


2 ounces (4 tablespoons / 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
6 7/8 ounces (1 1/4 cups) white whole wheat flour
2 ounces (~1/2 cup) quinoa flour
10 1/2 ounces (~1 cup) mashed brown banana (~3 medium)
1 7/8 ounces (~1/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 x-large egg lightly beaten, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (any type will work, I used almond milk) at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2  ounces (~1/2 cup) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; lightly grease and flour a loaf pan; set aside
Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside to cool
In a medium bowl, whisk together flours; set aside
In a large bowl, combine banana browned butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla; whisk until all ingredients are combined
Add milk, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; whisk until combined
Slowly whisk in flour mixture and do NOT overmix; when flour is ALMOST combined, fold in chocolate chips; again, do not overmix
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean from center
Set aside to cool before removing from pan to slice

Store tightly wrapped with seran wrap for a few days; you can also freeze individually wrapped slices for future snacking
The brown butter isn’t prominent and you could likely just melt the butter instead, but I do think it added just a little something to the recipe

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Get ready for more butter, more sugar, and more indulging over the next few weeks.

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15 Responses to “Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread”

  1. thelittleloaf October 7, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve never made anything with quinoa flour before…am intrigued!

    • Keep It Sweet October 16, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      I was really impressed at how good the texture was despite the new “healthy” flour:-)

  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic October 7, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I love banana bread of all kinds. Never used quinoa flour before either, but I like quinoa so I should give this a shot…

    • Keep It Sweet October 16, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      You actually don’t taste the quinoa flour at all, but you do get the health benefits which I love!

  3. Tracey October 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I have totally come around on quinoa, but I didn’t even know quinoa flour existed. Now I feel like I have to seek it out so I can bake everything with it! I would totally eat this for breakfast :)

    • Keep It Sweet October 16, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      The best part is that you don’t even know it is there!

  4. Joanne October 8, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I love the extra protein kick from the quinoa flour!! This is definitely something I would not feel guilty snacking on. WIN.

  5. Jeanette October 9, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    So funny, I love looking for food products at TJ Maxx and Home Goods – you never know what you’re going to find. This looks so good!

  6. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    ok there’s browned butter and chocolate chips…I need to try out quinoa…in this form :P

  7. vanillasugarblog October 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I love looking for food products in clothing stores too!
    Or those giant clearance warehouses?
    Too funny.
    I was just at a crappy Ocean State Job Lot and saw this awesome rack of Red MIll
    flours at like half the price! Good food find.

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 10, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    This bread has so many words in it that I find irresistible! Delicious and beautiful recipe you made here.

  9. val October 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    What a creative and delicious bread.

  10. Valerie October 12, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Guilt free breakfast-desserts are the best – they allow us to partake in decadence later on. :D
    This banana bread is beautiful, great idea to use quinoa flour!

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