Banana Breakfast Polenta


I’m starting to get desperate.  My life without oatmeal, not just any oatmeal but oatmeal made with big chewy rolled oats, is sad.

Okay, I’m being dramatic, but I do miss oatmeal.  Last night, I was trying to figure out what to do with a very ripe banana.  Normally, when I’m at home, super ripe bananas are exciting because they mean extra sweet oatmeal or smoothies.  Here, without oats or a blender, I was sort of at a loss.

Then I had an idea, it cooked in my brain overnight at this morning I tried it.

Polenta for breakfast, which for me means something sweet.

It’s pretty tasty and pretty easy to make!  Worth a try, right?

Banana Breakfast Polenta for One

1/4 cup cornmeal (aka polenta)
1 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (or more if you’d like)
1 ripe banana, thinly sliced
garnishes such as fresh or dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup, etc.


In a small sauce pan, combine all the ingredients.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, once it’s boiling lower the heat to low.  Stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes.  Put in a bowl of plate, garnish and serve.

Not the same as oatmeal, but sometimes we all should try something new.  Fun new way to start your day!

Have a good one and Happy Mother’s Day!

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4 thoughts on “Banana Breakfast Polenta

  1. Ginger&Rice says:

    Haha, I love the swirl in your coffee!
    and i don’t think i could go very long without oatmeal 🙂

  2. Karin says:

    I used to make sweet polenta dishes for breakfast all the time.. but I did it in a more ayurvedic way with saffron and honey. I think it’s such a fun way to jazz up breakfast!

  3. Mara says:

    That sounds almost like Arepas (corn meal pancakes) that my old roommate used to eat for breakfast every day back home in Venezuela. I think he usually ate them with cheese. Yum!

    • Karla says:

      Arepas are pretty darn delicious! My parents pretty much exclusively have Colombian friends so I’ve had them a lot. They’re usually made with a finer ground corn meal/flour, milk and butter then grilled like a tortilla or pancake. Ooo maybe I’ll make those and blog about it when I get home since my mom buys arepa flour. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Hope you’re doing well with all these crazy earthquakes in Spain!

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