Banana Oat-Quinoa Porridge

I’ve only made breakfast quinoa once or twice. It was delicious, but it always bothered me how one serving is only 1/4 a cup (as opposed to 1/2 cup of oats, which feels giant in comparison).


I found a solution: an oat-quinoa hybrid! I had no idea what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. The texture and taste were oddly reminiscent of rice pudding.


The only downfall is that it’s a slight pain to prepare, due to the longer cooking time of the quinoa. You can side step this by preparing a bunch ahead of time, or nuking it in the microwave (it only takes about five or six minutes in the microwave).

Banana Oat-Quinoa Porridge

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/8 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring approximately 1/2 cup of milk to a boil and add quinoa. Return to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes.
  2. Add the oats and another 1/2 cup milk. Turn heat to medium.
  3. Mash up a ripe banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt, and cinnamon. Stir.
  5. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). I added a dash of nutmeg on top. Num!


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Banana Oat-Quinoa Porridge

  1. I made this for dinner tonight and it was D-LISH. So Yummy! I added some almond butter and half a banana to the top of mine. Even yummier! Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. xdestitutex says:

    Hey Lauren!
    Me again ^^

    I came acros some Quinoa and i haveto try it out! I was wondering if you would recommend this recipe ((whih sounds so delicious!), i mean the mix of quinoa and oats, for trying quinoa for the first time or just giong with quinoa alone and trying to find another recipe? 🙂

    Thanks again! 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    While on the topic of mixing grains, I’ve been wanting to experiment with making a cornbread oatmeal for a long time, but have never gotten around to it. Have you ever tried mixing oats and corn meal? I think it would taste good!

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