Overnight oats are my default breakfast in the summer, but once the temperatures begin to drop, I like to spend chilly mornings cozied up with a hot bowl of oatmeal. This banana nut porridge with rolled oats, quinoa, and teff is currently my favorite weekend breakfast.

It’s kind of funny how enthusiastic I’ve gotten about oatmeal over the past few years. Growing up, I ate the same thing for breakfast every single morning before school: a slice of toast with cinnamon sugar or a bowl of instant oatmeal. I hated the monotony so much that I swore off breakfast one day and refused to touch toast or oatmeal for several years. These days, I can take or leave toast, but ever since I began eating oatmeal again of my own volition, I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

Of course, you still couldn’t convince me to eat the same thing for breakfast every day. To keep things interesting, I like to incorporate different types of grains into my morning bowl of porridge — it mixes up the texture, and adds variety to my diet. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa these days, so it makes an unsurprising appearance here. I originally threw some whole-grain teff in with my rolled oats in an effort to clean out my pantry, but I liked it so much that I make sure to always keep some on hand to stir into this porridge. Both the quinoa and teff add a nutty roundness to this porridge, but if you don’t have them on hand, you can substitute additional rolled oats for either one.

I should note that I actually enjoy this porridge cold on weekdays as well. I often cook up a batch larger than I can eat myself on Sunday morning, pack the remainder in a jar, top it off with some nuts and flax seed meal, and bring it to work on Monday for a no-effort, delicious and healthy breakfast.

Banana Nut Porridge with Oatmeal, Quinoa, and Teff
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1½ c unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • 1½ c water
  • 1 c rolled oats
  • ¼ c dry quinoa (or ½ c pre-cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain teff
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ c banana, fresh or frozen, roughly chopped
  • ¼ c walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • flax seed meal
  • maple syrup
  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring milk, water, oats, dry quinoa (if using), teff, spices, and salt to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. (If using pre-cooked quinoa, simmer for 10 minutes instead.)
  3. Stir in banana (and pre-cooked quinoa, if using) and continue to cook for another minute or two until porridge is heated through.
  4. Let sit, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Spoon into bowls and top with nuts, flax seed meal, and maple syrup.
  6. Serve hot.