I’ve gone a bit oat-mad this week. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been shopping so it leaves little else as a breakfast option, but also I just love making hot and creamy porridge oats to have on the coldest of mornings. If you have to go out and scrape all that ice off your car you might as well do it with a belly full of goodness. Trust me, it does warm you up too!
When I was working an early shift I had to get up and go so quickly that it required microwaved porridge, which I think is never quite as nice. But if you must, you can make this recipe and save time by microwaving. I always recommend microwaving it for no longer than 2:00-2:30 mins and then leaving it to stand for a while before eating. It makes it the perfect temperature to eat but also allows the oats to soak, when you mix them, they should become a nice thick but not gloopy consistency. I had been nuking my breakfast in the microwave and creating gelatinous blobs for ages before I thought to reduce the cooking time.
So anyway, this recipe is doing it the traditional way in a pan on the stove. I always like to have banana with my porridge, I chuck it in with the oats whilst they are cooking as they soften and the sweet flavour mixes into the whole dish. The browner the banana the better. It’s also another great way of sneaking fruit into your kids diets if they are stubborn. Once cooked, I dress the bowl up with a squeeze of honey and some dried fruit & seed mix, but you can use whatever you like. My friends like to have theirs with a blob of peanut butter in the middle.
The thing I love about porridge is that you know exactly what you are putting into it. I see on the shelves so many prepared versions of porridge oats, where they profess to have fruit and all sorts of enticing things mixed in already, for your convenience, but the fact of the matter is that most of them also have a considerable amount of sugar added also. Plus, no freeze dried fruit is ever going to be as good really!
Sweet Banana Porridge Oats
A healthy, warming bowl of porridge oats to start off your day. The fresh banana chunks cooked in make this a super sweet and satisfying breakfast classic.
- 1 Cup Oats
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1 Banana Chopped
- Optional Honey, Fruit, Seeds, Nuts
Chop up the banana and measure out the ingredients.
In a pot combine together the oats, milk, water & banana chunks.
Turn heat up to medium and give a quick stir.
Let the oats cook for 5-10 minutes, stir only occasionally otherwise the oats will become gloopy.
When the mixture has absorbed most of the liquid and is steaming, take off the heat and serve into two bowls.
Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!