Oatmeal (porridge) is one of my all-time favorite breakfast and comfort foods.  It’s a quick and simple fix on a cold day, and can easily be made at home or while on the road.  All you need is a pot, a spoon, and some heat.  Enjoy!

Prep time: less than a minute

Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 fresh banana, sliced
  • 1/2 c/ about 50 g dried oats/porridge/oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 c soymilk
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp butter
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon

*For a vegan option, use less than a tsp of oil in place of butter, or don’t use at all.


Melt butter in a small pot over low heat.  Add thinly sliced banana and sprinkle a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Saute for a minute, stirring a few times to avoid sticking.  Add oats, water, milk, peanut butter, and more nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.  Increase heat slightly and stir frequently for about 4 minutes or until desired consistency.  Porridge should be thick and creamy, and all liquid should be absorbed.

Yields 1 serving

*For added flavor and texture, consider adding a handful of raisins or berries.