Peanut Butter & Banana Porridge

One of my childhood comfort foods was a peanut butter and banana sandwich, so when I was looking for some new hot cereal recipes I decided to incorporate this tasty flavor combination into my morning oatmeal. This hot cereal really is a bowl of comfort, and would be perfect on a cold morning before school or work. A hearty bowl of cooked oats really warms the soul and keeps you satisfied for hours afterwards. When it comes to hot cereal toppings, I combine pumpkin and sunflower seeds along with chopped walnuts and keep these in a jar in my refrigerator for my morning porridge. I love the extra crunch it adds, and it boosts the nutritional value too. You can add raisins or dried cranberries to this topping as well, though I personally prefer the nuts and seeds on their own.

You can use regular oats (not instant) or steel cut oats for this recipe, though the cooking time for steel cut oats will be much longer, so I’d recommend soaking the oats in the liquid overnight.

Why Healthy

  • Oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
  • Organic natural peanut butter adds protein, vitamin E and cholesterol-regulating monounsaturated fats that will keep you satiated for hours.
  • Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

 

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Peanut Butter & Banana Porridge

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

2 Cups Low Fat Milk or Water
1 Cup (100g) Rolled Oats
Pinch of Salt
1 Ripe Banana, Plus 1/2 Banana For Serving
2 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Garnish of Choice (See Notes Above)

Directions:

Bring the milk to a boil, then stir in the oats and salt.
Reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until creamy, stirring often.
Dice 1 banana and stir into the cereal, along with the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Serve in two individual bowls, garnished with the remaining half banana and nuts of choice.

 

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