This has quickly become a favourite breakfast in our house. It’s perfect for cyclists and endurance athletes, but delicious enough that my wife often asks me to make her a bowl as well.

Porridge is the king of breakfasts and this one is ideal to eat 1-3 hours before a long ride (or to keep you fuelled until lunch).

Oats and bananas are slow-releasing, wholegrain goodness. They keep blood sugar levels steady through a workout while providing enough energy to keep you pushing on. The black cherry juice in this recipe helps maintain muscle capacity during high-intensity exercise. And if taken regularly also helps aid muscle function and decrease inflammation. Improving recovery and preserving muscle strength during a heavy training period.

Ingredients (makes 1 bowl)

  • 50g 100% Wholegrain Rolled Oats
  • 300ml Skimmed Milk
  • 1 Small Ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) 100% Pure Black Jerry Juice
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg
  • 3/4 blueberries (optional, but they have a practical use!)

Nutrition

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Method

  1. Mix the milk and the cherry juice and pour over the oats. Add the nutmeg and give it a quick stir to combine.
  2. Finely dice, slice, mush or smush the banana. It doesn’t matter! Just make sure it’s nice and fine so that it will liquidise while cooking. Save up to a quarter though to slice and scatter on top later.IMG_1180
  3. Add the banana to the oats and milk and set on the stove. Start it on a low heat so the milk doesn’t scald and burn. Stir it a bit if you like but not too much.
  4. After a few minutes slowly start to raise the heat and bring everything just to the boil. Give it a good stir. The banana should now be liquid and the whole thing just smelling amazingly gooey and delicious.
  5. Now turn the heat as low as possible and go make yourself a brew. Keep an eye on the porridge though.
  6. You know the porridge is done when the berries start to run! That’s my motto.

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  7. Enjoy your porridge.

You know the porridge is done when the berries start to run!

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