Zucchini & Quinoa Bread – FREE FROM dairy, gluten, nuts, soy.

Technically, this zucchini and quinoa bread isn’t paleo, since quinoa is one of those fence-sitting ingredients that die-hard paleo eaters won’t eat. But for us regular eaters, I find quinoa to be an awesome seed to use as a replacement to all other grains.

I have been trying to find ways to get more protein into my little man. He’s not a huge fan of meat. I find it spat out all over the house (he does this in secret and leaves his mama little surprises!). I also love adding veggies to everything for some additional nutritional punch. This zucchini and quinoa bread has loads of protein in the form of eggs and quinoa, and some green zucchini goodness too. I threw in some blackstrap molasses too for some easily absorbed iron.

I’m not a baker my any means, but I found this recipe really easy to create and turn into something edible!

 

zucchini quinoa bread

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (some of you might find the recipe a bit bland so you may need more salt)
  • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes

 

 

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Method

Preheat oven at 180C

Prepare quinoa by soaking overnight (at least 8 hours)

When I’m soaking quinoa to use for dinner, I always soak some extra so I can bake something while I’m at it

soaking quinoa

You can see the colour of the water after a night of soaking. Make sure you give it a good rinse through too.

Cook quinoa as you would brown rice – I opted for the Thermomix – place in basket, cook on varoma speed 4 for 16min – place to the side

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Put the zucchini in a tea towel or paper towel and squeeze some of the water out

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Place zucchini and rest of wet ingredients into thermomix (or mixing bowl) and add in the dry ingredients

If you are mixing manually, beat the eggs before adding (this will be done for you in the thermomix)

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Mix well – thermomix kneading mode 30 sec

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Place inside bread tray or muffin tray – whichever you prefer

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Sprinkle quinoa flakes over the top

Bake 180C for 30-40min or until knife comes out clean

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Optional:

  • cacao nibs on top or inside
  • blueberries inside
  • banana mixed through
  • coconut flour instead of quinoa flour

Honestly this bread is great on it’s own, or is a fantastic base for additional flavours. You really can be as creative as you want to be!

I enjoyed mine smeared with almond butter. Quinn, he preferred to spit his out! Let’s see what tomorrow brings…

 

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