Here is beautiful and simple recipe from Billabong chef Simon Favorito for anyone wanting to create a rustic gluten-free loaf full of flavour and whole food goodness. This is lovely hearty bread alternative to serve with breakfast, afternoon snack or as a side with soup or stews. We personally like it with some fresh avocado with olive oil, zesty lemon and fresh herbs and sprouts.


(Gluten free, vegan)



  • 3 cups x quinoa (soak for 4 hrs, rinsed and strained)
  • 1 cup x water (spring or filtered)
  • 1 cup x pumpkin (cut into 1 cm pieces)
  • 1 cup x parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup x extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup x almond meal
  • 1Tb each x sesame, cumin, fennel seeds (lightly toasted)
  • 2 Tb x nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp x sea salt
  • 1 tsp x baking powder
  • pumpkin fresh seeds from pumpkin (to sprinkle of top)

Utensils & equipment:

  • baking tin lined w’ baking paper or non-stick surface
  • blender / bar mix


  1. Lightly toast sesame & spices in pan for 3-5 minutes until golden and aromatic..
  2. Preheat oven to 200c.:
  3. Blend quinoa, water, olive oil, baking powder, nutritional Yeast and almond meal into a paste.
  4. Mix in all ingredients together (except pumpkin seeds)
  5. Add mix to baking tin & sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
  6. Bake for about 1 hr until firm to touch or knife comes out dry when poked into the centre.(this may take an extra 15-20 minutes depending on your oven)
  7. Leave to cool slightly before slicing and enjoy fresh from the oven or serve toasted with your favourites.

This will last for about 5 days kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

Video Recipe


About The Chef:

Simon Favorito comes from a lineage of wholefood chefs & has spent over half his life helping people to discover the magic of wholefood medicine through the culinary arts as a chef, a natural health practitioner, coach & teacher.

Simon offers conscious event catering, educational courses and personalized coaching that combine natural health principles, wholistic nutritional, modern psychology, traditional & contemporary food philosophy to help individuals create their own life changing food culture.

For information on Wholefoods medicine, recipes, workshops and courses, be sure to visit Simons Facebook page: Your Conscious Kitchen. or his Instagram Page

You can find Si cooking at Billabong Retreat every other weekend and most Mondays and Tuesdays.