Banana Dilemma! Peanut Butter and Banana Quinoa

Posted on July 23, 2012


Turns out we weren’t in a very banana-y mood this week. We had most of our bunch of bananas left and they are starting to look awfully brown. So, I’ve been eating bananas a lot in order to not waste any food. I’ve also been hearing a lot about quinoa lately and decided to give them a try. Quinoa seems to be this miraculous new superfood with some outstanding health benefits:

  • Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
  • Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
  • Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
  • Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

(source: Body Ecology)

I really enjoyed the texture of quinoa over oatmeal. Oatmeal is way too mushy for me, and I have MAJOR texture issues when it comes to food.

serves 1 | 290 calories

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 banana
1/2 tablespoon peanut butter (or nut butter of your choosing)

Cooking quinoa: Rinse quinoa first (if it’s pre-rinsed it will say on the package). Add twice as much water as quinoa. In this case 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 min (until the water is soaked up). Remove from heat and let sit for 7 min. Fluff with spoon.

Mash banana in a bowl. Mix in quinoa. Add peanut butter, and mix. Garnish with banana slices and peanut butter (optional. EAT!

I loved it. Perfectly sweet and great texture.

Posted in: Breakfast, Quinoa