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Creamy oats with cinnamon and banana

Serves 4

Ready in 15 minutes

Oats remain a healthy breakfast as it is high in fibre and is known to reduce cholesterol. Compared to boxed cereals, you can control the amount of salt and sugar when cooking oats. Serve it in different ways to keep it interesting. Try other spices like nutmeg or mixed spice with any seasonal fruit.


1 cup (250 ml) uncooked oats

1½ cups (375 ml) water

1½ cups (375 ml) low-fat milk

¼ tsp (1,2 ml) salt

1-2 bananas, sliced

1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon


  1. Place oats, water, milk and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once it starts to simmer, stir constantly to prevent lumps. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until cooked.
  2. Serve oats with banana and cinnamon.


  1. Oats for one: ¼ cup (60 ml) uncooked oats with ¾ cup (180 ml) water (or half water and half low-fat milk) and a small pinch of salt. Prepare as explained, or mix in a big enough glass bowl and microwave for 3-5 minutes, depending on your microwave. Stir often and make sure it does not boil over.
  2. Pumpkin or sunflower seeds are delicious with oats and fruit. Try chopped raw, unsalted almonds – use 30 ml (2 tbsp) per portion of oats.
  3. If you are used to sugar on your oats, try this version– the fruit adds a natural sweetness and you won’t miss the sugar. If you struggle at first, gradually reduce your sugar until you don’t need it at all anymore.
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