Cinnamon porridge with banana & berries

Cinnamon porridge with banana & berries

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
Start the day in a superhealthy way with energy-boosting oats and fresh fruit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal266
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre5g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 100g porridge oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, plus extra to serve



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  • 4 tsp demerara sugar
  • 450ml skimmed milk
  • 3 bananas, sliced



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  • 400g punnet strawberries, hulled and halved



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  • 150g pot fat-free natural yogurt


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the oats, cinnamon, sugar, milk and half the sliced bananas. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Turn down the heat and cook for 4-5 mins, stirring all the time.

  2. Remove and divide between 4 bowls, top with the remaining banana, strawberries, a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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gwen randles's picture
gwen randles
11th Dec, 2019
good grief rev james, how complicated do you want to make your breakfast!
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Nikolai Kondrashov
12th Jun, 2019
Yummy! You can just as well make this in a microwave oven - less hassle and cleanup. Just do the first step in a glass or plastic dish you usually use in your microwave, cook on maximum power, until bananas go soft and mostly dissolve, and you're satisfied with the softness of oats and thickness of the porridge. Stop twice or thrice to stir, stir in the end as well. Sugar is not really necessary either. Milk is sweet by itself, and bananas add a lot. Works just as well with peaches or nectarines instead of strawberries, as I expect with any sweet fruit/berries.
11th Dec, 2018
Delicious and simple, to all of those complaining about the sugar in this recipe, most of that comes from banana, milk, yoghurt etc. which all have naturally occuring sugars. There's only 1 teaspoon (~5g) of added sugar. The RDA for total sugar (according to NHS) is 90g for total sugar, 30g for added sugar. So this recipe is well within those limits.
25th Jun, 2015
After years of living in Italy, one forgets the simple things in life...gone back to porridge after finding it in the 3-day diet plan. I use water instead of milk, adding some greek yogurt just before eating it. I do not add sugar as fruit, nuts, raisins, whatever you put on has some natural sugars in it already. I love it so much I even have it in the Summer (and Italy does get hot in the Summer!).
28th Jul, 2014
I just do not understand that a recipe with four teaspoons of sugar, albeit for 4 portions can be described as healthy. I have similar porridge recipes daily and have cut out the sugar with no impact on the taste.
15th Jul, 2014
I have a breakfast similar to this each morning, especially when doing a fast day on the 5:2 diet. However I agree with some posters concerns about including sugar in the recipe. I am surprised that the site does not have a plan to omit sugar from its recipe selection when it is clear there is no need for it.
12th Mar, 2014
If you think 34g of sugar for breakfast is healthy then you're living in cloud cuckoo land! Those people adding raisins are probably closer to 50g, the recommended daily sugar intake for women according to some health organisations. For me, grated orange zest goes very well with cinnamon and porridge, and you can make it with water instead of milk.
12th Jan, 2014
yum yum, this made an excellent breakfast although I did tweak it a bit! I used no sugar as for me that doesn't exactly appear healthy. Also I had no berries so I used pecans instead, and only had pear and apple yogurt wich worked fine. very filling and I will certainly be making this one again... :)
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2nd Nov, 2013
Delicious, however i found substituting the strawberries for a handful of raisins per person was much more delicious :)
26th Apr, 2013
I have something similar most mornings. I mash the banana and mix it into the porridge which sweetens it so there is no need for poisonous sugar. I use skimmed milk or sometimes almond milk. I often add berries if there are any to hand and sprinkle pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sometimes hemp. I then add home made easiyo yogurt. I also sometimes add turmeric. This provides soluble and insoluble fibre, health fats, amino acids, protein and tastes very good.


4th Sep, 2013
How is this considered healthy if it contains 34g of sugar per portion?
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