Banana and date porridge
If you love bananas and dates, then I guarantee you’ll love this banana and date porridge (oatmeal). The banana and dates give an incredible, natural sweetness to plain porridge that you have to taste to believe.
As you’ll know from my other porridge recipes, I often like to add coconut milk for a rich, sweet creaminess. This recipe doesn’t een need the coconut milk though.
I do think that oats are best cooked in the traditional style, i.e. in water or a combination of water and milk, on the stovetop. And it really only takes about 10 minutes.
I like to use whole oats because they’re less processed than the quick oats you can cook in the microwave. Also, cooking porridge in the microwave can be messy if they overflow.
This recipe only takes 15 minutes in total, so it definitely qualifies as a quick and healthy breakfast. And with only half a banana and one date mixed into the porridge, that’s roughly one serving of fruit.
It’s up to you what other fruit, if any you use as toppings. If you’re in a hurry, just use the rest of the banana and a handful of your favourite nuts.
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Here’s the recipe
BANANA AND DATE PORRIDGE
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 banana, mash half and slice half
- 1 date, finely chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, etc
- Bring the oats and water to boil in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until most of the water has been absorbed.
- While the oats are cooking, mash half of the banana and chop the date.
- Add the banana, date, cinnamon and vanilla to the porridge and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Pour into a bowl and top with the banana slices and a handful of walnuts.
**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE.
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