Creamy Date Porridge

January/February 1998

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Dates, oats and dark brown sugar turn into a decadent breakfast treat in this creamy porridge.

"This recipe was super easy and quick and was a nice alternative to plain oatmeal. I was looking for a way to use up some extra dates and eat oatmeal pretty often. This recipe was really good. I didn't have any cinnamon stick on hand so I...
Creamy Date Porridge

Makes: 4 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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  • 2 cups nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, (optional)
  • Sliced bananas, or apples (optional)
  • Plain nonfat yogurt, (optional)


  1. Combine milk, oats, dates, brown sugar, salt and stick in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until mixture is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick; stir in vanilla.
  2. Spoon into bowls and top with walnuts, sliced bananas or apples and plain nonfat yogurt (if desired).


Per serving: 194 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 2 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 212 mg sodium; 434 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (20% daily value), Calcium (17% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat-free milk

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