Lap Band Dietitian Helen Bauzon has provided suggestions below (in red) to help improve the calorie content of the recipe below and to teach you how to make it more band friendly.

• 2 cups (180g) rolled oats (not instant)
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to dust
• 125g brown sugar
• 300ml thickened cream ( no need to use, replace with low fat milk instead)
• 2 bananas, sliced ( cut the banana into small pieces)


Step 1
Place oats, cinnamon, 1L (4 cups) of water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Stir over low heat for 5 minutes, then leave to simmer for 5-6 minutes.

Step 2
Meanwhile, place sugar in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes until mixture has caramelised. Add 100ml cream and stir over low heat until smooth, then cool slightly.

Step 3
Divide the porridge among 6 bowls. Toss bananas in caramel and place on top of porridge and serve with remaining cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
Source: delicious. – July 2005, Page 72
Recipe by Valli Little
Photography by Mark Roper