Crock Pot Banana Bread Quinoa

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Guys, I have to come clean about something. I’m having an affair. Now, before y’all get all crazy on me, it’s not a Lifetime movie affair here. Instead, just a dirty, elicit, down right nasty affair with an appliance. To be blunt, I’m cheating on my stove with my crock pot. But, do you blame me? This gorgeous hunk of appliance has made so many delicious things for me since it’s arrival, like the over night apple crisp and now this crock pot banana bread quinoa.

 

Now, this is easily something I could have made on my stove. But you know what? I don’t want to sit by the stove for 30+ minutes. On a Friday night. When I could be drinking wine and watching Lifetime. SO! I threw the ingredients into my sexy KitchenAid machine and let it do all the work. Because you know what? When you cook as much as I do, it’s nice to have something else do all the work sometimes.

Moving on from the affair talk, let’s chat about quinoa.

I’ve had it before, and I’ve been okay with it. It’s good, kinda chewy, tastes a bit like strange rice and barley. But never really cared all that much about it. Despite it’s superfood qualities (like 8 grams of protein per serving!). However, I think that’s because I never had it slow cooked with bananas, brown sugar and butter. I think that was my main problem right there. But then again, if you slow cooked cardboard or dirty socks with bananas, butter and brown sugar I’m pretty sure that would taste great too.

Friends, the reason this is named “banana bread quinoa” and not just “banana quinoa” is because it tastes EXACTLY like banana bread. With each spoonful you think you are eating a moist, right outta the oven slice of banana bread. Except since it’s protein packed quinoa, it’ll stick to your guts a little longer.

If your family (or picky husband) refuses to eat quinoa because “it looks weird” or “it sounds too healthy” disguise it to taste like banana bread. You’ll have them eating out of your hands (or in this case, directly out of the crock pot) in no time!

Crock Pot Banana Bread Quinoa

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Yields about 6 1/2 cup servings.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of quinoa (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup of Seasonal Coffee-mate Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie *
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 banana (past ripe)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*NOTE! If you can’t find that kind of creamer or you’d prefer to use something else, substitute light cream and add about 1 – 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon.

Directions: 

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the brown sugar and walnuts together.
  2. Pour quinoa, creamer (or light cream), milk, water, butter and vanilla into the crock pot. Add the mashed banana and stir to evenly distribute. Sprinkle the sugar and walnut mixture into the quinoa and stir to mix.
  3. Cook on low for 4 – 6 hours, or until the quinoa is fully cooked. If you need to, add additional liquid or sugar to the mixture for taste.
  4. Serve warm and garish with slices of banana!

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 260
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 38 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Protein: 5.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  6

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  1. Posted by Erica House on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    Wow - the idea of using coffee creamer is genuis!!
  2. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I go through slow cooker phases where it's all I want to use. This looks like the right time to use it!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Monday, September 17th, 2012
      I'm totally in the phase right now :D
  3. Monday, September 17th, 2012
    Such a great idea! I love your slow cooker kick!
  4. Posted by domesticfits on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I so need one of those sexy beasts. I do not own a slow cooker of any kind. But I'm being slowly persauded. AND I eat quinoa almost eeryday and it's about time I ate it for breakfast.
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Monday, September 17th, 2012
      Yes. buy one immediately. Your life will be forever changed.
  5. Posted by christina on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    holy yum! I make oatmeal in the crock pot and not sure why I never considered quinoa...until now :)
  6. Posted by Liz Della Croce on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I WANT THIS NOW!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Monday, September 17th, 2012
      MAKE IT. :)
  7. Posted by Lucy on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    Do you think I could sub the bannana for apples? I have a crazy bf who loathes bannanas (sacrilegious I know)
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Monday, September 17th, 2012
      Yes you can! :)
  8. Posted by Marnely Rguez-Murray on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I need a crock pot for this winter for sure! And bananas and quinoa?! Two of my favorite things!
  9. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I love banana bread and quinoa...and my crock pot!! What a great idea!
  10. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    This sounds amazing! I love the simplicity of the crockpot and the protein in the quinoa :) Perfect fall breakfast.
  11. Posted by Katie on
    Monday, September 17th, 2012
    i can't believe i've never made a crockpot recipe. this would be the perfect first one! delicious
  12. Posted by justonecookbook on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    That's why I've been trying to convince my husband I need a crockpot. :D He's afraid I will only use once! Banana and quinoa sounds great - even my kids may try this quinoa version!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
      Yes, you definitely need one!
    • Posted by Kayleigh on
      Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
      Why do you need your husband's permission? Just go buy one already!
    • Posted by Jack on
      Friday, June 13th, 2014
      I'm a divorced man , its nice to have a woman cook for u but a crockpot is second best, put it on before work and it's done when I get home and it's a easy clean up
  13. Posted by Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    I just love using my crockpot, too! I'm always trying to find new recipes using the crockpot. Most recently, I started making my meatloaf in the crockpot and it is SO good and super moist!

    I can't wait to try your quinoa recipe; it looks heavenly!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
      Thanks Melissa!!
  14. Posted by Vickie Simons on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    sounds delicious, I love quinoa for breakfast
  15. Posted by Christy Milford on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    This sounds soooo good- I got into making crockpot steel cut oats last winter, but this'll probably be better :)
  16. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    Oh, this sounds fabulous, Claire. And I loved your intro...made me giggle :)
  17. Posted by Dinnersdishesdessert on
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    I never would have put quinoa in this - what a great idea!
  18. Posted by Jenny Golata Kitson on
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012
    This sounds delicious! 1 question - are you using liquid or powdered creamer?
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Thursday, September 20th, 2012
      Liquid!!
  19. Posted by Aggie on
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012
    I need to have an affair with my crock pot - seriously. I'm starting to think a new one might spark something for me ;)
    This sounds so delicious! I still haven't ventured over to sweet quinoa, I'm totally tempted by this!!
  20. Posted by Kate on
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012
    any ideas about making this non-dairy? (i'm off dairy for breastfeeding...i've got a fussy one who doesn't understand why mama must have cheese with every meal.) i don't want to lose the flavor or the richness, but alas, would soy/almond milk work?
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
      Hey Kate! You can use soy or almond milk! To make it creamy, maybe add some almond butter too!
  21. Posted by Jade on
    Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
    If you are trying to be healthy I would not suggest the use of an artificial flavoring like coffee mate. You can see the ingredients here and judge for yourself. (and no they don't even list them on their own site which should tell you something)

    http://www.organicauthority.com/health/what-the-heck-is-coffee-mate-creamer.html

    I did make a modified version of your recipe and it was delicious
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
      I'm all about moderation. Sometimes I just eat things b/c they taste good. But I'm all about making swaps so I'm glad the modified version worked for you!
    • Posted by Guest on
      Saturday, October 13th, 2012
      Would you mind sharing the modifications? I'm also trying to avoid artificial ingredients.
      • Posted by claire on
        Thursday, January 24th, 2013
        You can use any kind of creamer as it says above, light cream, milk, etc.
    • Posted by Guest on
      Friday, January 11th, 2013
      What did you use instead of the creamer? Almond milk?
    • Posted by Jennifer Mann on
      Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
      What can you substitute creamer for?
    • Posted by BDG-R. N. Nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
      Coffee creamer is a really bad idea. Corn syrup, artificially produced fat (1 molecule from being plastic) and all other artificially created ingredients do not add up to sensible eating, and no way is it nutritious. We need the calcium and Vitamin D from real milk, and yes, you need a certain amount of fat in order to metabolize vitamins A, D, E, and K. Use low fat if you like, but you do need some. You do not need artificial ingredients created in a lab. I like quinoa, and I love banana nut bread, so I will try this, but waiting until its done to add my very super-healthy nuts.
  22. Posted by Jennie Gift on
    Sunday, September 30th, 2012
    Question - is the serving size a 1/2 cup. Just checking for the ww points. Thanks!
  23. Posted by Circle on
    Saturday, October 27th, 2012
    This dish was *delish* :) Such a simple, healthy treat that wasn't too sweet. I used coconut milk for the milk and creamer, and a bit of olive oil for the butter. My batch turned out more like oatmeal but I think it's because I was too excited to wait a few more hours for it to get bready. Thanks for the post! Crock pots are so handy.
  24. Posted by Swiftfire on
    Thursday, December 13th, 2012
    If you are concerned about the artificial ingredients in the coffee-mate, buy Coffee-mate Natural Bliss. It has all natural ingredients and even has a low fat vanilla version.
  25. Posted by Karen on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    Hi. Do you really substitute a half cup of vanilla for tbe half cup of creamer? That seems like a lot of vanilla so I want to be sure. And the portion size is also a half cup? Tx a bunch - I'd love to find a quinoa recipe that my husband and three boys enjoy?
    • Posted by Chelsea on
      Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
      You substitute a half cup of vanilla coffee creamer if you can't find the cinnamon sugar cookie coffee creamer, not a half cup vanilla extract! :)
  26. Posted by Delicious Knowledge on
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    Yum! I made this with almond milk and it came out great!
  27. Posted by Kira Fetissoff on
    Saturday, January 12th, 2013
    What is the serving size fro this delicious recipe? I am following WW so would really appreciate knowing how much of this yumminess I can eat per serving. :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Thursday, January 24th, 2013
      About 3/4 cup.
  28. Posted by StarrySkye on
    Thursday, January 24th, 2013
    Would it be possible to cook it on high for 2-3 hours?
    • Posted by claire on
      Thursday, January 24th, 2013
      Yes. Just make sure you check it after an hour and a half and stir if it needs it.
  29. Posted by Momo6 on
    Friday, January 25th, 2013
    Would it work with barley? I can't find my quinoa (WAAAAAAA!!!!)
    • Posted by claire on
      Saturday, January 26th, 2013
      I'm not sure, actually! If you have oats, use those in place!
  30. Posted by Mary on
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
    Once this is cooked, does it last??? Do you just heat it back up in the microwave?? Trying to figure out timing to make for breakfast?? Can't really do it the night before and takes too long to make the day you actually want to have it??? HELP please!!
  31. Posted by Liz on
    Thursday, February 7th, 2013
    Love your site RN... I tried this last night and it was not a hit this morning. I used milk though, in place of the cream, and added cinnamon. I mixed it up very well, but overnight, the cinnamon all rose to the top, and then the bananas after that. So the finished product was a cinnamon layer, followed by a banana layer, followed by quinoa. I am imagining that all of the heaviness of the cream helps weigh things down and keep them mixed, and then all of that flavor in the creamer dissipates instead of all floating to the top. Darn it all - I wish I liked Coffeemate!


    I'm looking forward to trying some of your other recipes. Glad I found you!
  32. Posted by Cyndi on
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
    I made this last night. 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cinnamon added to the cream in substitute for the Coffee-Mate is wrong. It's WAY too much and completely ruined a lot of groceries. :( It wasn't even edible. Should that be 1 1/2 teaspoons?
  33. Posted by Kristin on
    Friday, March 15th, 2013
    I loved this recipe! So warm, comforting, and delicious! Featuring it on my blog this week :-)
  34. Posted by Katie on
    Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
    I'm new to the Quinoa game. Are you cooking it before you put it into the crockpot? Thanks!
  35. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I don't totally love bananas, but I really liked this recipe. I typically put sliced bananas into my oatmeal, but mixing it in from the start really infused the flavor into the quinoa.

    I posted my experiences making this recipe on my blog.
    http://bloginspiredcooking.blogspot.com/2013/04/alternative-breakfast-bowl-banana-bread.html

    The quinoa didn't seem to keep me full for very long, so maybe I'll mix quinoa and steel-cut oats next time.
  36. Posted by McCall on
    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
    I am wondering if the red mill quinoa needs to be rinsed before putting it into the crock pot?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
      Hey McCall,

      I'd recommend rinsing it!
    • Posted by McCall on
      Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
      Thank you so much for the reply! I actually went ahead and cooked it before rinsing it and it turned out delicious, but I will definitely rinse next time and I'm sure it will be even more fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe!
  37. Monday, June 10th, 2013
    I made this to review on my Pinterest Blog after a friend shared this pin with me. It didn't quite go as planned, but it is a recipe with a lot of potential. Most of my issues came from a crock pot that runs hot, so I just have to adjust for the extra heat. It was a great alternative to breakfast foods and we can't wait to play with it again!
  38. Posted by Kelly on
    Saturday, July 13th, 2013
    I'd love to know how well this holds up for advanced cooking or leftovers.
  39. Posted by Suburban Dad on
    Sunday, July 14th, 2013
    This stuff tasted awful. My wife made it overnight and our 4 year old hated it too. Even a teaspoon of brown sugar sprinkled over each serving couldn't save it. I think the problem is that quinoa is just not a breakfast food. I underatand trying to eat healthy, but it doesn't help when the offering tastes like coffee grounds.
  40. Posted by Beth on
    Monday, August 12th, 2013
    Anyone try this for 8 hours on low? I don't have any desire to get up in the middle of the night to turn on my crock pot... kind of defeats the purpose of using the crock pot in my mind.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Saturday, January 4th, 2014
      Beth,

      8 hours would burn it. What does this defeat the purpose of a crock pot?
  41. Posted by LazyMoes on
    Monday, September 16th, 2013
    Wow!! This is awesome!!! I thought quinoa was only for savory dishes, but this blew my mind!!! I can have a delicious, guilt free breakfast that is worth it's weight in nutrients!! Thanks so much!!
  42. Posted by lori on
    Thursday, September 19th, 2013
    can this recipe be reheated the next morning?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, September 19th, 2013
      Yes!
  43. Posted by Lou Annn Chvatal on
    Monday, September 23rd, 2013
    try this!
  44. Posted by stephanie marrero on
    Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
    so my husband got me a crock pot and i've been using it like twice a day lol. he picked this recipe and it was delicious... i tweaked a few things adding some fresh apple jam, raisins and nutmeg into the mix and it was awesome :D
  45. Posted by MC on
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
    How would you suggest cooking this if you don't have a crock pot? Thanks!
    • Posted by Deb on
      Thursday, November 21st, 2013
      Cook it exactly the way you normall cook quinoa (check the box). Takes little time, just watch the moisture and add as needed as you go. The crockpot just allows you to walk away -- but watch that, too. It's REALLY easy to burn in the crockpot.
  46. Posted by Jason on
    Friday, December 6th, 2013
    Bob's Red Mill? I can't afford that over priced quinoa, but this is a great recipe.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, December 9th, 2013
      Then buy whatever quinoa works for your price point!
  47. Posted by Bethany on
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
    Great recipe- I took it to a potluck at work and everyone loved it! I used almond milk instead of regular milk and fat free half and half with cinnamon instead of the coffee creamer and it was fantastic!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Saturday, January 4th, 2014
      Oh great!! So happy to hear that!
  48. Posted by Karly on
    Saturday, January 4th, 2014
    This didn't work for me. AT ALL. It never thickened up right. Then the edges started to burn.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Saturday, January 4th, 2014
      I'm so sorry it didn't work Karly! Did it cook for about 4 hours? Did you stir while it was cooking?
  49. Posted by Smile on
    Saturday, January 11th, 2014
    Does 1/2 cup fill everyone up in the morning? That sounds more like a dessert serving to me. I'm wondering if I need to double it to feed my 4 littles and myself or if it is really filling.
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  51. Posted by stargodesss on
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
    This recipe looks amazing. And it has all the info except... How many servings does this recipe make?
  52. Posted by Linds on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    This looks fantastic! Really would like to know how long this keeps? Could u divide it into 5 portions for the week and keep in the fridge? Really appreciate your answer!
  53. Posted by Robin on
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014
    Can I substitute almond milk for the creamer (with cinnamon)?
  54. Posted by Sheila on
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    I made this last night to eat this morning. DELISH. Super easy & healthy. I added flax seeds and chia seeds to mine, and used splenda instead of the brown sugar. TRY IT!
  55. Posted by Carrie on
    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
    Looks and sounds delish. Best part, I don't have to cook anything before adding it to the slow cooker. I hate that. Thanks!
  56. Posted by Boholistic Mom on
    Friday, April 11th, 2014
    I saw your comment below where you say "everything in moderation" and while that works with things that are actually food, it doesn't work with over processed "foods" that are really no longer food. I want to try your recipe (with just cream), but as a health food/real food blogger I can't repost your recipe. It's just not healthy. :-(
  57. Posted by Conni on
    Thursday, May 8th, 2014
    How do you make this for breakfast if it only needs 4-6 hours to cook what I have to get up in the middle of the night to start it cause if I make it before bed it will be ready in the middle of the night I'm bummed cause I really wanted to try this!!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, May 8th, 2014
      My slow cooker automatically turns off when it's done cooking. however, the best call to action for this one is to make it ahead during the day (on a weekend when you're home) and then reheat later!
  58. Posted by stephanie on
    Friday, July 25th, 2014
    how much is a serving?
  59. Posted by Emily on
    Friday, August 15th, 2014
    I followed this recipe last night....very disappointed! We threw the whole batch out-it was awful would not recommend!!!!
  60. Posted by Jen on
    Sunday, August 17th, 2014
    Cooking it now- It seems to be working fine though I just added a bit more light cream- I used organic 1/2 & added cinnamon- I also stirred in about a tbsp of pumpkin butter- so far so good 1 hour left and the "samples" taste good
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