Chunky Monkey Porridge


Oh what a combination! I was having a browse at this morning to see what’s new in the world of veganism (for those who don’t know, I’m not vegan or 100% plant-based, but I would say I follow a 80% plant-based diet) and I came across a post which said that Ben and Jerry’s are due to be releasing three vegan-friendly ice creams in UK supermarkets by the end of the month. I am a self-confessed Booja Booja ice cream addict, but it can be a little pricey, and Ben and Jerrys is almost always on offer somewhere. Less healthy than Booja Booja I should expect, however I cannot wait to try out the flavours.

One of the flavours is chunky monkey, which is banana with chocolate chunks and walnuts; winning combo or what?! With a rumbling stomach and a flavour combination in mind, I decided to make breakfast. On the weekend, I like to make porridge on the hob rather than in the microwave as the texture is much better, and I just fancied a nice big bowl of warming porridge. I had made some of the chocolate granola from Niomi Smart’s book Eat Smart the day before, I had bananas in the fruit bowl, and peanut butter in the cupboard. Now I know peanut butter isn’t in the ice cream flavour combo, but when out of walnuts, what’s a girl to do than substitute with peanut butter instead?! 10 minutes later, I had me a bowl of heavenly chunky monkey porridge.

You will need (serves 1):

  • 40g porridge oats
  • 250ml liquid (I use 150ml plant-based milk and 100ml water)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 a banana (freeze the rest for smoothies/nice cream)
  • chocolatey topping (I had granola, but you could use cacao nibs, or a couple of squares of good quality chocolate)
  • peanut butter
  • honey or maple syrup


  1. Add the oats and liquid into a saucepan and bring to the boil on a med/high heat.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
  3. Take off the heat and stir through the cinnamon.
  4. Transfer into a bowl and top with the banana and chocolate topping.
  5. Drizzle over the peanut butter and honey/maple syrup.
  6. Wrap yourself in a blanket, watch Friends and consider new career as full-time porridge taster.

Zoe x

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