Improv Challenge January 2013 – Bananas and Nutmeg

17 Jan
Bananas and nutmeg

Bananas and nutmeg

I really wanted to join in with this challenge after having a month or two off. Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker hosts this challenge every month. She sets us off with two ingredients and you can make any recipe that you choose. You then link up!

The problem that I had is that I really don’t like cooked bananas in things like banana bread or muffins, so I was wondering what to do. I decided in the end to not cook the bananas at all and to just make a simple breakfast of porridge flavoured with honey, bananas and nutmeg.

The recipe: Porridge with honey, bananas and nutmeg.

A warming porridge breakfast

A warming porridge breakfast

Ingredients (for 2 portions):

1 cup porridge oats

1 cup milk

1 cup water

4 teaspoons (or to taste) honey

grating of nutmeg

1 banana, sliced


  1. In a small pan, mix together the oats, milk and water. Heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture boils. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour into 2 bowls. Add 2 teaspoons (or to taste) of honey to each bowl, a grating of nutmeg and share the sliced banana.
  3. Serve hot.
Porridge with honey, banana and nutmeg

Porridge with honey, banana and nutmeg

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11 Responses to “Improv Challenge January 2013 – Bananas and Nutmeg”

  1. Kristen January 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    The nice thing about the Improv is you can do anything you like with your two ingredients. I love that you simply cut the bananas and served them on top!

  2. Jo aka Kiwijo January 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    How about caramelised bananas in the m/wave (with brown sugar) and then nutmeg on top?

  3. thatskinnychickcanbake January 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    So simple and yummy! And here I thought everyone would make banana bread like I did 🙂

  4. msginge January 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    You are the exact opposite of me. I can’t stand raw bananas but don’t mind if they have been cooked in baked goods. Your oatmeal sounds like a great way to start the morning!

  5. Camilla @Fabfood4all January 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Ooh Iove porridge and if the kids are off school tomorrow I will make this!

  6. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) January 19, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    This is so simple yet so satisfying. I’m always just doing a plain oatmeal and this is the perfect way to jazz it up – I think my 5 year old will like it too!

  7. Lynn January 19, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Oh! I see you’re using whole nutmeg. How does that keep? I grind my own cloves with a mortar & pestle, because I think the taste is stronger/better but I’ve never tried whole nutmeg.

    • bakingaitch January 19, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      I think ground nutmeg loses its flavour really quickly but whole ones last years.

  8. Lisa~~ January 20, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    A delicious way to work around your dislike of cooked bananas.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you’ll stop over and check the recipe out…even though you don’t care for cooked bananas 😉


  9. Amber January 20, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    What a fantastic idea for the Improv Challenge. Your porridge with honey, bananas and nutmeg looks absolutely amazing! Yummmm!

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