Cinnamon Banana Oat Porridge

This banana porridge recipe is part of the Live Below the Line Challenge. Could you live off of $1.75 per day? 1.2 billion people worldwide survive on this for their daily needs and that’s exactly what the Live Below the Line campaign is challenging its participants to do. It’s an initiative of the Global Poverty Project and is challenging you to live at the extreme poverty line for 5 days from April 28th to May 2nd. It’s an innovative campaign that is aiming to transform the way we think and engage with extreme poverty issues. Something which I am learning about more and more, and campaigns like this really help raise awareness.

Honestly, when I heard about this challenge, I was at a loss, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it meant to eat and drink off of $1.75 per day. I’m so fortunate to have grown up and lived in a world that is so far away from extreme poverty that just taking this challenge was really eye opening. With many of the events I attend, and the sets I work on, I was only able to take the challenge for one day (I tried it yesterday), but next year I’d love to try it for the full week. The fact that some mornings I will spend over this amount of money on a cup of coffee is mind boggling. It really puts things in perspective and makes me realize just how fortunate I am to live in Toronto and to have access to resources and healthy, affordable food. Just doing this challenge for a day really made me think about my habits and everything that I take for granted. I’m going to try and share more budget-friendly recipes on here, like my recipe for beans and rice. I highly, highly recommend you participate on April 28th and try it out for the entire week. Tell your friends and take the challenge together I think it would be a fun bonding experience! This would even be a great idea to try with your coworkers and your office and see how you all fare. If you can’t do the full week, try and do at least do one day. I guarantee that it will change your outlook.

The campaign has a few recipes to help you get started and I’ve got a great breakfast recipe here for Banana Oat Porridge. This porridge comes in at just $0.57 per serving which is really budget friendly and a great option for cold winter mornings. I always loved to eat oatmeal for breakfast when I was little, although I would typically add lots of maple syrup to it (and everyone knows that maple syrup is quite the expensive ingredient), but I had to forego the maple syrup for this banana porridge recipe. Also, to keep this at $0.57 per serving, the liquid used in water, but you could also use milk or almond milk if you have that on hand.

To learn more about Live Below the Line and how you can help, visit their website here.

Yields 1 serving

Banana Oat Porridge

5 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp firmly-packed brown sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan, simmer water, oats and salt for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously until mixture is thick.
  2. Add sliced banana and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with brown sugar on the side.


Recipe courtesy of Live Below the Line


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