Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl

This Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl is a fiber rich way to start your day. Have you ever made oat bran? Do you know is the difference between oat bran and oatmeal? I’ll answer that and also share my tips on how to cook oat bran. Enjoy!

Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl with a spoon full of almond butter on top

One of my favourite things in the morning is my breakfast routine. I always give myself enough time to prepare breakfast, take the time to eat it, digest it and enjoy a hot tea or maybe a coffee. I like to check out the news and surf the net for while.

It’s a bit of ‘me-time’ to start the day.


In the colder months, like January in Ontario (brrrrrr.….), nothing fires up the engines better than a warm, comforting bowl of oats. Using oat bran is new-ish to me.

What is the difference between oatmeal and oat bran?

Oat bran is the outer part of an oat groat while oatmeal is the inner part of an oat groat.  Oat bran is less processed than the oatmeal.

Nutritional stats show that oat bran has more fiber, more protein, and is higher in energizing B vitamins than traditional rolled oats.

Why not optimize your breakfast to the fullest and swap in the oat bran?

oat bran in a glass storage jar


A good tip I picked up for cooking oat bran without the dreaded lumpy consistency is to pour the bran into the water in a steady stream while stirring.

This is a great trick to keep your oat bran smooth and not gloopy.

oat bran being poured into a pot of boiling water

Once the mixture has boiled, the pot is covered and put to the side to absorb liquid.

This is a good time to gather up all the goodies you will be using to make this oat bran breakfast bowl the best thing you’ve ever had for breakfast.

I started with some cinnamon, toasted coconut, chia & hemp seeds, and a sprinkling of coconut sugar. Use what nuts, seeds or sweeteners you have in your pantry.

chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut sugar, toasted coconut on a baking tray

Pour your cooked oat bran into a bowl, top with the seeds and coconut.

A scoop of almond butter melted on top is the finishing touch. Almond butter makes everything better. 🙂

Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl with a spoon full of almond butter on top

Having this energy providing start to the day is just the fuel you need. It’s most ideal for those who will be a long time in between breakfast and lunch. It is ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ type fare that will keep you from thinking about food for many hours.

That’s what I need when I know I will be on the go all morning without the opportunity to eat.

I savored the nutty texture of the oat bran and liked the pop of sweetness from the coconut sugar. Lots of fiber and lots of protein?


We have a wintry winner. 🙂

Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl with a spoon full of almond butter on top

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Originally posted in January 3, 2014. Updated August 28, 2019

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Warm Oat Bran with Seeds and Almond Butter

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 297 kcal



  • In a small saucepan bring the salted water to a boil
  • Pour in the oat bran, slowly, stirring the whole time
  • Turn to medium and lightly boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove pot from heat, cover and set aside for 2 minutes
  • Return to medium heat add in cinnamon & coconut sugar and stir well until liquid is gone and you reach your desired consistency
  • Transfer oat bran to a bowl. Top with seeds, toasted coconut and almond butter


Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 80IUCalcium: 145mgIron: 4.8mg
Keyword warm oat bran almond butter
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  1. Hi, Teresa writing here from Western Australia (just going into Autumn here) I was just wondering if I swap oatbran in place of oatmeal, do I use a 1:1 proportion? So, if a recipe calls for 2/3 cup oatmeal, would I put in 2/3 cup of oatbran instead? I’ve been gifted a quantity of it, and would like to make best use of it, so I’m keen to try out a variety of your recipes. 😊

    Kind Regards

    1. Hey Teresa! Greetings from Canada. 🙂 Oat bran and oatmeal are different in terms of cooking times, flavour and texture. I think the amounts would be a 1:1 proportion but the cooking directions would be a bit off and the end result wouldn’t taste quite the same as a recipe meant for oatmeal. If you are up for experimenting let me know how it goes!
      All the best,

  2. That top picture looks incredibly delicious! I’ve been pretty well having smoothies every breakfast but this makes me want to bring back porridge. 🙂

    1. It’s soooo cold here right now I can’t even think of a smoothie breakfast. Thanks for the kudos on the pic, by the way. Making oat bran look as good as it tastes is not easy 😉

  3. Sounds delicious! I’m in Ontario at the moment visiting family (I live in Vancouver) and I have been craving warm breakfasts… it is so chilly here!

    1. Chilly is one word you could use. I like to say effin’ freezing! I’m orginally from Victoria so, like you, I am used to milder temps 🙂 Enjoy your visit!

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