Recipe Of The Week: Banana Chia Seed Bread


How often do you stand in the kitchen, totally uninspired and unsure about “what to bake”? If this is a familiar feeling; our banana bread recipe will be your safe guard and go-to for your next cooking dilemma.

Banana bread has fast become an on-the-go snack, especially as it is so readily available in corner stores and supermarkets, all wrapped up and ready for the taking. Truth be told, the packaged banana bread we see living in the café cabinet isn’t really all that great for us.

We love the delicious aroma of freshly toasted banana bread just as much as the next person. We also like to make sensible food choices, and refuse to be fooled by the sugar-laden supermarket varieties.


Our solution? Why, we make our own of course! We crave banana bread that we can count on: guilt-free, nutritious and tasty. Is that too much to ask for? We think not. Our LJ Active chef has outdone herself with a banana chia seed bread that packs a nutritional punch, with the help of our buddy, the banana (high in potassium) and omega-3 scoring chia seeds – what a combo!

ROTWbananachiabread_02Makes 8 serves, prep time 20mins, cook time 20mins

Recipe Of The Week: Banana Chia Seed Bread

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: Serves 8

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. rapadura or coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice flour, or other flour of choice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. bi-carb soda
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds + extra for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
How to make it:
  • Preheat the oven to 170C and line a loaf tin.
  • In a mixer bowl, add the liquid coconut oil and rapadura sugar. Using the beater attachment, beat the two together for approximately 5 minutes, they should have formed a nice ‘cream’.
  • Then, one at a time, add a room temperature egg, beating each for 2 minutes before adding the next.
  • In a separate bowl, add all the dry ingredients: the flour, cinnamon, chia seeds, baking powder and bi-carb.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl, and mix just until the ingredients incorporate – do not overbeat at this point. While it is mixing, add in the milk.
  • In the same bowl the dry ingredients were in, mash the bananas.
  • Fold the bananas through the batter using a metal spoon, and pour it into the lined loaf tin.
  • Sprinkle chia seeds over the top of the loaf.
  • Bake the banana bread in the 170C oven for 20-25mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Enjoy as a delicious snack!



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  1. Jo Hobson on said:

    Thanks great recipe – My daughter didnt want a cake for her 16 birthday so I made the Banana Chia Seed Bread instead – yum – couldnt find tapadura(??) or coconut sugar so used rice malt syrup instead! Hope that was ok alternative??

  2. Arti on said:


    Thanks MNB for sharing this recipe.

    I love banana bread but the one from market has a lot of sugar in it and isn’t healthy. I made this yesterday. It was soooooo yumm!!!!

    I will make another loaf again.

    Thanks you again :)


  3. Gente on said:

    I made this today and must say I’m very impressed! turned out great and what a delicious snack. Super excited about this:)
    Love and peace.

  4. Profile photo of Sarah ParfettSarah Parfett on said:

    I love to cook, and am in the process of writing an eBook of clean eating recipes and healthy snacks – basically, a correlation of all the clean/healthy recipes I have made over the last 6 months that are “tried and true” A lot of my friends are very keen to purchase my eBook. I was wondering if I am able to use some of these recipes on this website in my book? I have cooked many of them and love so many. I would list the website I got it from on the recipe, therefore giving credit to Move, Nourish, Believe and directing people towards your website. I am not sure if this is breaching copyright or not? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :-)

  5. Shanna on said:

    Made this last night but used olive oil and stevia because that’s all we had! It worked fine anyways and tastes great – even my dad who loves a cream cake from the bakery said it was yum

  6. Eileen on said:

    Thanks for another amazing recipe. :) I’m just thinking if I can use this same recipe to make just plain whole meal bread by removing banana and cinnamon and using whole meal flour? Xx

  7. Ali on said:

    I made finally made this tonight and it turned out so yummy! I had to cook it a little longer but that may just be because of my oven. Can’t wait to pop a piece in the sandwich press tomorrow to enjoy with a cup of tea..mmm :P Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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  9. Katles on said:

    The recipe looks great but was wondering if you could leave out the rapadura or coconut sugar altogether? Also would wholemeal flour work? Thank you!

    1. Profile photo of MNB TEAMMNB TEAM Post authoron said:

      Hi Katie,

      Yes, we have used honey as an alternative, and wholemeal flour also.
      You may get a slight different consistency, but ours was still super delish!


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  11. Cassandra on said:

    Can we just use 1 and a half cups of brown rice and just use a food processor until it grounds to a flour like mixture?

  12. Felicity on said:

    Hi !,
    I made this yummy recipe this morning.
    Taking it out of the oven a beautiful smell wafted from my banana bread. :)
    It was a hit in my house , the whole family loved it !
    Smells good , tastes great , another winner !


  13. Profile photo of SabinaSabina on said:

    This is am amazing recipe! The second time i have made it i put 1/2 cup of raspberries with 2 bananas tastes Soo good!

    Thanks Heaps!

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