Banana porridge recipe

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Banana porridge is the perfect breakfast food to set your little ones up for the day, slowly releasing energy all morning. This version with a happy, smiley face is always popular with kids.

Banana porridge
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories352 Kcal18%
Fat9 g13%
Saturated Fat3 g15%

Our banana porridge is one of our most popular breakfast recipes - simple, delicious, speedy and it always goes down well with our little ones. 

Porridge is the perfect breakfast food to set small tummies up for the day, slowly releasing energy all morning. This version is quick and easy - you only need four ingredients and it only takes a few minutes in the microwave - depending on their age, your kids could even have a go at making their own. It's not just for kids either, we will happily eat this alongside them - the smiley face is optional if you're making it for yourself. Adding bananas its a good way to ensure there's one of their 5-a-day in there too, and you can sprinkle extra berries on top as well if they like them.


  • 3 tbsp porridge oats
  • 8 tbsp full-cream milk
  • 1 small banana
  • About 1 tsp seedless raspberry jam




  1. Put the oats and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes on Full Power until thickened. Stir well.
  2. Mash in the banana. Pour into serving dish and pipe a jammy smile on top (use a paper piping bag).

Top tips for making banana porridge

If you find using all milk make the oatmeal too sticky or claggy, replace a quarter to half of the milk with water, which (counterintuitively) will lead to a creamier texture.

How can I make this breakfast more appealing for kids?

We find children take more interest in food if they are involved in the making or serving of it. Allow your little one to choose their own bowl and spoon, and let them pipe the face on themselves (you can get jam in squeezy pots to make this easier. Put out some crushed walnuts in a small bowl which they can add as 'hair' and maybe even some segments of apple to make big ears. 

Can I make this banana porridge without using a microwave?

Yes, you can cook the porridge in a small pan for 3-4 minutes instead of the microwave if you prefer.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.