Banana and date porridge

If you love bananas and dates, then I guarantee you’ll love this banana and date porridge. 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 earlier porridge recipes, I often like to add coconut milk for a rich, sweet creaminess. This recipe doesn’t need the coconut milk though.

I do think that oats are best cooked in the traditional style, i.e. in water, on the stovetop, for a couple of reasons.

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. 

Try this delicious porridge naturally sweetened with banana and date for a healthy start to your day.

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.

Some other porridge variations you should try are:




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Banana date porridge topped with mango and nuts
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The combination of banana and date make this porridge naturally and deliciously sweet.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Australian
Keyword banana oatmeal, banana porridge
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 290kcal


  • 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

Optional toppings

  • 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.

Recipe notes

I also like to top this porridge with fresh mango or strawberries.
Serving: 1person | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.2g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 3.1g
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