Porridge is a childhood nostalgic, easy breakfast that has layers of flavor and awesome texture. My Banana Chai Oatmeal Porridge is a sweet and warm, comforting version that is all dairy-free + vegan, textured, with a gluten-free option! The whole family will love this oatmeal and the array of toppings that can be added for an even bigger kick of flavor.
Porridge is something that speaks to my childhood greatly. I remember it being the biggest staple in the mornings and growing up in the South, oatmeal porridge was the main thing. However, because most of my family comes from Jamaica, I've had the pleasure of trying all kinds of porridge.
I'm talking, hominy porridge (aka corn porridge), spiced oatmeal porridge, cornmeal porridge, green banana porridge, and so many others.
But I must say, that now that I'm able to experiment with my own foods, I've had the most fun making so many flavorful versions like this Banana Chai Oatmeal Porridge, which pays a bit of homage to my Jamaican roots and consistent use of bananas with spices.
Plus, Oatmeal is an incredibly nutritious food, packed with essential nutrients like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, and zinc. Not to mention dietary fiber and antioxidants! So it's a win, win with both the taste and nutritional value.
Porridge is a breakfast food traditionally made by cooking oats in milk or water. The oats soften over time, creating soft, moist oatmeal with a little more liquid than traditional oatmeal. You can also use other grains for porridge such as quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, or spelt.
Porridge can be served sweetened or not. Some cultures make a savory porridge, topped with jammy eggs, herbs, or sauces. Either way, porridge is delicious when sweetened, or unsweetened!
There are a few key ingredients in this warm porridge recipe that you may not usually use in your morning oatmeal. these make this bowl better for you and even tastier.
Of course, I always use Bob's Red Mill products when it comes to my flours, oats, and grains, so this recipe was no different.
Here's the list of ingredients to make Banana Chai Oatmeal Porridge for breakfast today:
Have you ever had bananas that weren't fully ripe, but you were dying to make this porridge or something else like a bread? Well, I totally understand. I've definitely been there. Luckily, I've come across a few hacks to help you ripen your bananas if you're in a pinch and here's what you can do:
If you're looking to ripe your bananas more quickly for baking purposes then you can do one of the following:
First, I must let you know that Sweetened Condensed Milk is a canned milk that has 60 percent of it's water content removed, making it thicker in consistency.
Also, it has 40-45% sugar, making it a great sugar substitute in recipes that use sugar. More importantly, condensed milk creates a caramelized flavor along with it's sweetness, which give the dishes that require it, a beautiful kick of flavor.
That being said---I generally love using the original Sweetened Condensed Milk like the Eagle Brand's version, however, in this recipe, I love using Let's Do Organic's dairy-free coconut version for vegan-friendly meals.
Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
While you can purchase chai spice blends in stores, it’s definitely a blend that is easy to find, but also easy to make. Your Banana Chai Oatmeal Porridge will taste amazing, whichever you use.
If you do plan on making your own spice blend, you will need:
Chia seeds are one of my favorite superfoods to cook with. They are rich in fiber, vegetarian protein, and heart-healthy fats.
Research shows that eating nuts and seeds like chia can help protect reduce the risk of heart disease. While some nuts and seeds are dense in calories, chia seeds have very few calories. That's why I love adding a sprinkle to my oatmeal, or even smoothies.
Oats are another superfood that's great to start your day with. Rolled oats like the ones used in this recipe, are a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Other great benefits of oats, according to studies:
Yes! This recipe is totally gluten-free for my celiac friends out there. Be sure to buy oats that state "gluten-free" on the package. Some oats are GF and some are not, so pay attention when shopping! If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use any variety of oats.
Also, ensure that your condensed sweetened milk and full-fat coconut cream/milk are also GF-friendly---as well as the granola if you're using it as a topping!
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
OVERNIGHT OPTION: Simply add all oatmeal ingredients (substituting the brown sugar with maple syrup) to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). Once ready to serve, top overnight oats with toppings and enjoy.
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Banana Chai Oatmeal Porridge.