Basic Banana Porridge

This is the hot, winter version of my Raw Berry Porridge, which is suited to summer, but I often eat all year round. Quick, easy and deliciously creamy. Add whichever milk you like, but dairy milk tastes the best in this recipe.


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (I’ll do 1/2 cup if I’m really hungry)
  • 1 small overripe banana (or 3/4 of a large one)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk, then more as necessary

Boil the jug while you put your oats into a reasonably large dinner bowl. Pour water over the top and allow to stand for at least 10 minutes.

Mash the oats with a fork for about a minute. The mixture is going to look a bit like glue at the point, but don’t be put off. Mash in the banana. Add milk and stir until reasonably combined.

Heat in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and add milk as necessary to create a creamy, but not runny consistency. If, like me, you sometimes cook this in the old and crappy work microwave, you’ll need to cook it for up to 2 minutes longer, or it will taste (oat-)floury.

Tip: For a twist, add a tablespoon of coconut, cacao, crushed nuts or a teaspoon of nut butter or honey.


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