Creamy banana, date and walnut porridge

September 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm (Breakfast/Brunch, Recipes)

Nothing beats a big bowl of creamy porridge on a chilly morning.  Top tips for beautifully silky, soft oats:

  1. Avoid the microwave.  Using a microwave means you’ll either have to use quick oats, which taste like cardboard and leave you hungry by morning tea, or end up with a lumpy, chewy gruel.  Cooking on the stove won’t take that much longer, particularly if you’re using gas, and the result is well worth the extra effort of stirring.
  2. Cook the oats in a mixture of whole milk and water.  Cooking in milk will produce a much richer texture than if you were to add the milk right before serving and mixing with water will prevent it from burning too easily.

There are plenty of great recipes for healthy porridge to start your day and here is one of my favourites.


Banana, date and walnut porridge (serves 1)

Banana-date-walnut porridge


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium banana, diced
  • handful of walnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Combine the oats, water, milk, chopped dates and half of the diced banana in a saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally to begin with and more consistently once the mixture starts to thicken.  Take the pan off the heat when the porridge reaches your desired consistency, remembering that it will continue to thicken slightly as it sits.
  3. Top with remaining diced banana and chopped walnuts to serve.




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