Quinoa chia bread with banana & mint

If you’re like me and always on the look out for something a little bit different to have for breakky, here’s a new one for you to try. It’s SO good, the fresh mint on top tastes incredible!

*Start the night before*
1 3/4 cups of quinoa, soaked overnight or for 8+ hours in a bowl of water
1/4 cup of chia seeds soaked overnight in 1/2 cup water to form a paste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp bi carbonate of soda
2 tsp apple cider vinegar (or the juice of half a lemon)
1/2 cup water
1/2 banana
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground

Preheat oven to 160C
Grease and line a loaf pan/tin (26cm long)
Rinse quinoa after soaking overnight
In a blender or food processor (I use a Thermomix), blend all ingredients until it’s smooth but not completely ‘smoothie-like’. This only takes 30 secs in a high powered blender. You want there to still be a few whole pieces of quinoa in there!
Spoon into a loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I recommend covering the top with foil if it gets too brown during baking. Remove the loaf tin and leave to sit for 30 minutes before turning out and allowing to cool. Keep in the fridge. Best served toasted or grilled until it browns around the edges.
My favourite topping so far? I top with tahini, banana, honey, seeds and fresh mint.

Thanks to The Whole Daily for this recipe.