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Quinoa Chia Seed Bread

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Quinoa Chia Seed Bread is a gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free easy bread. It is an easy one-bowl freezer-friendly bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast or for lunch.

Close up texture of Quinoa chia bread

This Quinoa chia bread does not need any special bread machine. It is no-knead no-yeast bread. A simple mix in all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor, process, and you are done.  

The texture of the bread

This bread is not a normal wheat bread. It does not have the texture of normal wheat bread if you are looking for it. This Quinoa bread has a soft texture from the inside and has a slight bite or crunch on the outside. like to toast this bread and enjoy it with homemade Nasturtium and grapefruit Marmalade

Ingredients used in the bread

Ingredients used for the bread

Quinoa – What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a plant in the same family as Amarnath. It is a source of protein, dietary fiber, Vitamins & minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free and easy to digest. Quinoa is a good replacement for rice too. I love to make this Quinoa Pulao using quinoa or this 1 ingredient Quinoa crispies which can be enjoyed for breakfast or simply as a topping on your desserts.

Chia seeds

The second main ingredient in this recipe is Chia Seeds. Chia seeds as we all know are again attributed to a lot of health benefits. Chia seeds need to be soaked before consumption. They swell up in the water and this later can be added to a number of different dishes. One can add this in salads, fruit bowls, puddings, or jams, such as this Sugar-Free Blueberry Chia Jam.

Leavening Agents

The next ingredients are baking soda, salt, and vinegar used as leavening.


Oil is added to give some essential fats and moisture to the bread. 


Seeds are added for crunch as well as nutrition. I use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds or a mixture of both. I have just sprinkled the top of the bread with seeds. One can even add the seeds inside the bread.

Slices of Quinoa chia bread served on a board, with half cut bread seen

Recipe process for this Quinoa chia seed bread

This bread needs a bit of planning. Only because we are soaking the quinoa and the chia seeds a day prior. Soaking the Quinoa softens it a bit so. Chia seeds to be soaked before consuming too. Soaking chia gives it a gel-like structure and acts as an egg replacement.

Rest the process is quite simple. Just add all the ingredients to a blender or a food processor and you are done. Add the processed ingredient to a baking pan and bake. The bread is done. 

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, you can. First, let it cool completely. Slice and freeze. When required just pop it in the toaster and you are done.

Dietary requirements

This Quinoa chia bread is completely vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. 

Slices of Quinoa chia bread served on a board, with half cut bread seen


The post was first published on 10th July 2018. Today, 28-May-2022 I am updating the contents and the images. The recipe remains the same.

I first baked this bread for the bread bakers group a theme suggested by Stacy Livingston Rushton from FoodLustPeopleandLove. Her blog has a huge collection of baked goodies sweet and savory and I have a few bookmarked to do. 

Today I am sharing this with our Sunday Funday Event.

Slices of Quinoa chia bread served on a board, with half cut bread seen

Quinoa Chia Seed Bread

Quinoa Chia Seed Bread is a gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free easy bread. It is an easy one-bowl freezer-friendly bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast or for lunch.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked, Bread, Grains, Seeds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Soaking Time: 12 hours
Servings: 1 8 Inches * 4 inches Loaf
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 300 gms Quinoa
  • 6 gms Chia seeds
  • ½ Cup Water for bread
  • ¼ Cup Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1.5 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • Sunflower + Pumpkin seeds – I did not measure this, simply sprinkled on the top as required
  • Olive oil for greasing the tin
  • Water for soaking Quinoa
  • Water for soaking chia seeds.


  • Rinse the quinoa in tap water until the water comes clear.
    300 gms Quinoa
  • Soak the quinoa in enough water. Quinoa does soak some water, so add at least ½ an inch layer of water above quinoa.
    Water for soaking Quinoa
  • Leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In another bowl add the chia seeds and some water. Around ½ cup.
    Water for soaking chia seeds.
  • Cover and refrigerate the bowl.
  • Next day when you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 170C.
  • Grease or spray an 8*4 inch loaf tin.
  • Drain the quinoa and rinse it again to get rid of any impurities.
  • Drain the quinoa using a sieve.
  • Similarly, remove all the excess water from chia seeds.
  • In a food processor or a blender add the quinoa, chia seeds, salt, baking soda, oil, water and vinegar, and process it for 1-2 minutes.
    300 gms Quinoa, 6 gms Chia seeds, ½ Cup Water for bread, ¼ Cup Olive oil, ½ teaspoon Baking Soda, ½ teaspoon Salt, 1.5 tablespoon Cider Vinegar, Olive oil for greasing the tin
    The processed ingredients
  • Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the top evenly with seeds. I used Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds or a mix of both.
    Sunflower + Pumpkin seeds
    Bread ready to be baked
  • Bake at 170 Deg C for 90 minutes.
  • Bread is done when a toothpick or a skewer inserted comes out clean.
    Baked Quinoa Chia Bread
  • Let the bread cool completely before cutting into slices. Since the bread is very soft it is extremely important for it to cool.
  • Enjoy as-is or toast it and enjoy it with some homemade mix fruit jam.


  • Standard US size cups and spoons are used.
  • One can bake the bread in another shaped tin. However baking time will vary.
  • All Ovens are different. Do check the bread after 80 minutes or so.
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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Thursday 9th of June 2022

I remember this one! Very nice!

Mayuri Patel

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Renu, this is an interesting gluten free bread. Healthy and seems easy to prepare. If the texture is anything like the moist quick breads, I am all for trying this recipe out. Like the idea of enjoying it toasted with some jam.

Wendy Klik

Sunday 5th of June 2022

I love everything about this bread. It looks delicious.

Sneha Datar

Monday 30th of May 2022

Love those slices of bread, prefect to slather with cheese or butter!


Saturday 23rd of May 2020

this is an amazing recipe. Thankyou Renu for sharing this precious recipe. My husband is gluten intolerant and this bread is very handy for breakfast or evening snacks. I even made pizza out of this .

Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Thank you Shweta for your feedback. I am happy that I could help and you liked it. Amazing now you gave me an idea on what I can make out of it. Thanks