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. Nutritional stats show that oat bran has more fibre, more protein, and is higher in energizing B vitamins than traditional rolled oats. Why not optimize my breakfast to the fullest and swap in the oat bran?
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. It was smooth and not gloopy at all.
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 breaky. 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.
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 🙂
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 savoured the nutty texture of the oat bran and liked the pop of sweetness from the coconut sugar. Lots of fibre and lots of protein? Boom! We have a wintery winner 🙂
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- 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