Banana Walnut Farro Breakfast Bowl

I have a bit of a love affair going on with farro. It started a few years ago when I was looking for an alternative to quinoa (btw, I feel like I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t actually like the silly little grain … what are your thoughts about it?).

Farro and quinoa are, nutritionally speaking, pretty close – except farro offers a smidge more protein per serving and double the amount of calcium. And for the most important part: I like it better (it’s slightly chewy and nutty and is SO NUMMY).

Most of the time I eat farro for lunch or dinner … I can thank the Olympics for this recipe. No, really: I can. If you follow me on Twitter you know I’m a swimming fan and I got to thinking about a few things concerning my own workout and where I want to take my swimming which lead to a Google rabbit hole. I became curious what the top swimmers ate, which lead me to an article where Natalie Coughlin talked about what she ate and she mentioned she ate farro or oat bowls for breakfast and I was all … wait, what? Farro? For breakfast? SIGN ME UP.

PS – this bowl of grainy goodness tastes like banana bread!!!

Pro Tip: cooking farro (like actual farro-farro) is a bit of work, this is where knowing that you can buy “quick-cook” farro at Trader Joes comes into play. I almost have a couple bags of this squirrled away in my pantry … though I am planning on mastering how to cook farro-farro soon. I’ve seen several different kinds at the local international grocer and I’m itching to try them.

Banana Walnut Farro Breakfast Bowl

Adapted from Budget Bytes

½ cup cooked farro
¼ cup milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp honey
1 banana, sliced
2 TBSP walnuts, chopped


Add the cooked farro, milk, and cinnamon to a bowl. Microwave on high for one minute (watching to prevent overflow) then stir. Cook for 2 minutes more, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. After 3 minutes total, the farro should have absorbed some of the milk, be softer in texture, and the milk slightly more starchy and thick (personally, I drain the excess milk off – but to each their own).

Stir in the honey.

Slice the banana and place it on top.

Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the bowl, and enjoy.

Do you like farro? If you’ve never tried it, are you going to give it a try? Let us know in the comments.


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