Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.
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Did any of you make the Pumpkin Pie Polenta I posted a few months back? If you did – and liked it – here’s another breakfast polenta recipe for you to try.

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

Stovetop oats will probably always be my favorite cold-weather morning meal, but every now and then I need to switch up my breakfast routine.

Turns out, polenta/grits is a great way to do just that.

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

With a ten minute cooking time, creamy consistency, and stick-to-your-ribs satiating power, polenta is a delicious and healthy blank canvas on which you can paint any flavor profile you desire.

For this particular recipe I chose the classic combination of peanut butter and bananas. Sweet ripe bananas and rich creamy peanut butter are blended right into the cooked polenta, resulting in a luxurious bowl of healthy comfort… and really, what could be better on a winter morning?

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Polenta

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: simmer breakfast banana peanut butter

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup 1% milk, preferably organic
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup stone-ground corn grits/polenta, such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • 2 large very ripe (dark brown-skinned) bananas
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter

Instructions

Bring water and milk to a low boil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in the polenta and salt; reduce heat to simmer. Cook polenta over low heat until thick and creamy, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

While the polenta cooks, mash the bananas in a small bowl.

Two options here:

Spoon cooked polenta into a blender along with the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and peanut butter; blend until smooth.

Add mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and peanut butter to cooked polenta. Blend using an immersion/stick blender until smooth.

4. Serve hot, with additional peanut butter on top, if desired.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:388.4 calories, 10.5 grams fat, 2.7 grams saturated fat, 5.7 grams fiber, 12.3 grams protein

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