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Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal with Lemon Crema

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This is inspired by the comfort foods of my childhood, when warm oatmeal would always settle an upset stomach.

Serves 4

1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 punnet fresh blueberries (about 150g) 1 whole ripe banana


For the lemon crema:

Zest of 1 lemon 150ml double cream


  • Combine the oats, water and salt together in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  • Wash and pick through the blueberries, discarding any that appear bruised or damaged. Make sure that you dry the blueberries thoroughly. Set them aside.
  • Peel the banana and cut into 4 equal parts and slice each part into 5 slices. Set them aside.
  • To make the lemon crema, combine the lemon zest
    and double cream in a small bowl, and whisk until slightly thickened.
  • To assemble, take 4 medium bowls and add the warm oatmeal to each. Scatter the blueberries and bananas over the top of the oatmeal. Place a generous dollop of the lemon crema on top of each and serve.
Other Notes:

Everything, except the preparation of the oatmeal, can be done in advance and assembled as soon as the oatmeal has been cooked.