Mashed Banana & Whole-Grain Porridge

Making wheat berries for breakfast can require waking up before sunrise, since the grains take at least an hour to cook. But, thanks to new flash-freezing technology, excellent precooked whole grains like barley, quinoa and wheat berries are ready in the time it takes to brew coffee. F&W's Justin Chapple turns frozen grains into a porridge that's great with all kinds of toppings.

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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Beans, Grains & Legumes, Fast, Healthy, Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Breakfast

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup mashed bananas
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups frozen mixed chewy grains (20 ounces), such as wheat berries, Kamut, barley and farro
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • Fresh fruit, toasted almonds and pure maple syrup, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk the milk with the bananas, cinnamon and a generous pinch of salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the frozen grains and oats and cook, stirring, until the grains are heated through and the porridge is creamy, about 5 minutes. Spoon into bowls and top with fruit, almonds and maple syrup.

Make Ahead

The porridge can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently, adding milk as needed to thin out the porridge.

Contributed By Photo © Chris Court Published December 2013

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