Average: 4.9 (7 votes)
Active time
10 minutes
Total time
1 hour 20 minutes
1 loaf, 16 servings
Serving Size
1 slice

1 cup cooked amaranth

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)

½ cup liquid honey

2 eggs

3 Tbsp melted butter or olive oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and walnuts. Mix well. In a separate bowl, beat bananas, honey, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended.  Add amaranth and mix well. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.

Variations: Substitute 1 cup cooked millet and amaranth for the cup of cooked amaranth. Swap half of the bananas for ½ cup finely chopped soft dates.


Recipe courtesy of Judith Finlayson, from The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook.


Calories: 210
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Sodium: 70mg
Carbohydrate: 36g
Fiber: 4g
Total Sugars: 12g (Added Sugar: 9g)
Protein: 5g

Yield: 1 loaf, 16 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

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Uncle George
yum yum eat 'em up
sean terri
very nice!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda Harris
Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I'm trying to start eating healthy food now and I'm going to cook it using Philips Airfryer. Are there any differences in cooking in the oven or air fryer? I will be very grateful if you will tell me how to do it better in my case. Thanks
Hi Linda -- We're not familiar with air fryers, but after a quick google search, it appears that they are meant to be an alternative to a deep fryer and not a substitute for an oven. We recommend using an oven for this recipe.
Do you have any suggestions for egg replacements in this recipe? Can I make flax eggs instead? Thank you!
Hi Vireyda -- We haven't tried this recipe without egg but ground flaxseeds can be used as an effective egg replacer in many recipes. I have seen recommendations that suggest replacing one egg with the following: 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds plus 3 tablespoons of water, whisked until thickened. Let us know how it goes!
what can we replace ,2cups of whole wheat flour with
Hi Norma -- You could try subbing in another whole grain flour if you don't have whole wheat on hand. Keep in mind that switching to a gluten-free flour (like oat flour, or teff flour) may require other tweaks to the recipe because it will not rise the same way when baked.
Can you use all purpose flour with this recipe?
Hi Susie – This recipe was designed for whole wheat flour and whole grain amaranth and may need to be adjusted if you’re eliminating the whole grain ingredients. We definitely do not recommend switching to refined all-purpose flour. After all, it’s the whole grain ingredients that give this very popular recipe it’s great flavor and texture!
I want to make it with oats and amaranth. What tweaks I need to do.
Hi NG -- I'm sure oats would be great in this recipe, though I haven't tried that substitution. If you want a blend of oats and amaranth you could do 1/2 cup cooked amaranth and 1/2 cup cooked oats. I don't think any other tweaks would be necessary, but give it a try and let us know how it turns out!

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