Chocolate oats topped with banana slices in bowl

Warming chocolate & banana porridge

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins plus overnight soaking


Serves 4

Cocoa and vanilla add a luxurious flavour to this healthy breakfast, naturally sweetened with banana. Soak the oats overnight for a super creamy texture

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal259
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.2g


  • 120g rolled porridge oats
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas, 2 chopped



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  • 2 x 150ml pots bio yogurt
  • milk, to serve (optional)



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  1. Put the oats, cocoa and vanilla in a large bowl and pour over 800ml – 1 litre cold water (depending how thick you like your porridge). Cover the bowl and leave to soak overnight.

  2. The next morning, tip the contents into a saucepan with the chopped banana. Cook over a medium heat for 15 mins, stirring frequently, until the oats are cooked.

  3. Put half of the mixture in the fridge for the next day. Spoon the rest into two bowls, swirl in 1 pot yogurt and slice over a banana (save the other pot and banana for the next morning). Warm through with a splash of milk to reheat.

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2nd Feb, 2020
I soak this overnight on a Saturday night. Cook it on Sunday. Then divide it up into 5 bowls for easy breakfasts Monday to Friday. Keeps me going until lunchtime and its quick and easy.
6th Feb, 2018
Disgusting, I can’t eat it! I agree the water is too much; wish I’d read the comments before following the recipe. As a result cooking time was more 15-20mins. But rather than tasteless I found it far too bitter, maybe my cocoa powder is too strong? It would need a lot of honey or sweetener to make it palatable which completely defeats the object.
Jill H
24th Jan, 2018
Awful porridge wouldn't make again
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Kim Russ
15th Jan, 2018
I had already bought the ingredients for this when I read the comments and my heart sank a bit, however it's honestly not as bad as the comments suggest if you heed the warnings regarding the liquid. I halved the recipe anyway as I was just making this for myself, so used half of all ingredients and just 125ml liquid (used skimmed milk rather than water), loosened with a little more when I reheated - perfect consistency for me. I added a little extra vanilla and used coconut yoghurt rather than plain and it's not bad at all - I'm not following the diet plan, just looking for post-gym breakfast inspiration. For a recipe with no added sugar/honey/sweetener I didn't mind it at all (and I have a sweet tooth!). I have one more portion for this week and I look forward to it!
10th Jan, 2018
I reduced the water by half as recommended by other comments. It was tasteless so I added a little salt, honey and peanut butter to give it some flavour.
9th Jan, 2018
Reduced amount of water to 3/4 of what it said. Probably ended up the right consistency. Big portion. But found it pretty tasteless and didn't love the texture as nothing to give it bite. Wouldn't make it again.
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9th Jan, 2018
Why so much water ? Taste was okay but the volume of water made it like soup.
8th Jan, 2018
This was really unpleasant - very watery and tasteless. We tried adding more cocoa powder and some maple syrup to make it more palatable but even then we wouldn't make this again. There are much tastier porridge recipes available on BBC Good Food with similar nutrition values.
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Margot M
8th Jan, 2018
One litre of water is definitely an error in this recipe. I sieved the mixture and heated it up. No need to cook for 5 minutes when it has soaked over night. It has potential - I'll try it again with 500mls water
8th Jan, 2018
I found this recipe for porridge rather watery and tasteless. The addition of banana and youghurt made it edible.


4th Jan, 2018
1 litre of cold water over 120g of oats? Seems very watery? Are those quantities correct? (I tipped at least half of it out before cooking - tasted lovely!)
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12th Jan, 2018
We are sorry to hear you needed to make an adjustment. We have now specified rolled oats in the recipe which will combat the problem.
15th Jan, 2018
My version of this recipe: 1 portion To 40g/ half cup porridge oats add 1tsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Follow packet instruction of your porridge to cook in microwave (for me this is 1 & 1/2 cups of water or 1 cup milk 1/2 water for creamier consistency for about 3 1/2 mins on full power. Once you are happy with consistency, add one mashed banana. For me, adding yoghurt would counteract the sweetness but if you prefer that then do.
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