Quinoa Banana Mash
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Quinoa Banana Mash

Quinoa Banana Mash



Once you move beyond vegetables and fruit purees and into baby’s first foods, the real fun starts to happen. This is the time when introducing new flavors and textures can be exciting not only for you, but also for your baby.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) is a food that you might not automatically think about serving to your little one, but not only is it incredibly nutritious, it's also delicious. Quinoa has the most protein of any grain, has a soft texture (which is great on little gums), possesses a delicious nutty flavor, and I find that kids love to eat it. Mixing it with the banana (a flavor that your baby is likely already very familiar with), makes it very likely that your little one will really take to this recipe. And since it only takes 15 minutes to cook quinoa and it stays well in the refrigerator, it's a great food to keep around for you or your baby to snack on morning, noon or night!

Quinoa Banana Mash  (Makes 2 Servings)

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Once you move beyond vegetables and fruit purees and into baby’s first foods, the real fun starts to happen. This is the time when introducing new flavors and textures can be exciting not only for you, but also for your baby. Quinoa (pronounced...


  • 1/2 banana
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk yogurt


  1. 1. Place all the banana in a bowl and mash.
  2. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. 3. Serve.
Quinoa Banana Mash

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  2. evelynrosecorona

    February 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Hi Catherine,
    Saw this question on here a couple times but no response…
    Does this freeze well, or no?

    • sarah

      June 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I am also wondering the same thing

  3. Mercy

    October 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    please, whats pinch cinnamon

    • catherine

      October 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      A pinch of ground cinnamon means to use enough ground cinnamon to suit your tastes!

  4. Julie

    August 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I love your website and have made so many recipes that are a hit with my family – thank you!
    Do you think this would freeze well in cubes?

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  6. gina a

    February 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

    can i make a bunch of this and freeze it? if i freeze it can i serve it warm when i defrost?

  7. Mary

    February 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Just discovered quinoa! As I type, my husband is feeding this mash to our 1 year old and she loves it!

  8. sugarmadison

    October 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    looks yummy can’t wait for my son to try this

  9. brookejc

    September 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

    My son is in love with this.

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  11. Tessa

    August 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Any suggestions for a substitution for the yogurt? I cant use that with my son. I have tried regular yogurt and lactose free yogurt and he breaks out with both. Is there a soy (yogurt) option?

    • catherine

      August 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      The yogurt helps to thin it out and make it creamy. You could use any type of milk or yogurt product, like rice or almond milk even if you don’t mind a thinner texture! :)

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  13. TarheelJean

    April 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    My toddler absolutely loves this!! It’s one of his favorite school snacks. We find there’s no problem with making a big batch and using it over a few days. The cinnamon makes it a bit brown anyway! I’ve also uses this with Pumpkin Pie Spice and that’s a hit too.

  14. Julie

    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Does this have to be served immediately? Will the banana brown if I make it ahead of time (night before)? Or should I just make the quinoa ahead and assemble in the morning? Looking for more breakfast ideas for my 16 month old banana addict. We are short on time in the a.m.

    • catherine

      January 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      I would make the quinoa ahead of time and just assemble in the morning if you don’t mind the browning. The browning does not mean its bad. If the top just browns, you can always scrape it off :)

      • Ashley

        January 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        Does this recipe freeze well in cube trays? I would like to make this/rice cereal combinations ahead, but I didn’t know if it would be the same once frozen. When can I start giving my baby quinoa? I can’t wait for him to try this!

  15. Anya Webb

    November 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I am going to make this for my little girl very soon I know she will love it because she loves bananas and yogurt.
    I would love to eat quinoa more and make it for my baby
    I feel like it should seem easy for me to find ways to make it for myself and my husband and older daughter to enjoy
    but I feel so stuck with knowing ways how to prepare it for us grownups I would be so thankful for some ideas

  16. leeanna

    August 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you sooooo much for this! My 20 month old LOVES bananas so much that he is asking for them all day. Breakfast is very hard as all he wants is bananas and cheese. I whipped this up and he LOVES it,just ate a whole bowl!

  17. Anita

    August 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    My 10 month old loves this, thanks so much!

  18. Aly

    June 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I made these today for my little one and she loved it! It was my first Weelicious recipe and I was so pleased with it. Thanks for this awesome site!

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  20. Elizabeth

    May 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I made this for my 11 month old son. He loved it so much that he kept kicking his feet for some more. Thanks for sharing such healthy and easy to make recipes.

  21. amber

    May 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

    My boy is just over 13 months old and he’s been eating Quinoa for quite a long time. He likes it with applesauce (he’s not really a fan of banana) or even with tomato (pasta) sauce sometimes. Thanks for so many great recipes.
    Amber :)

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