Oat bran with Cherries & Almonds
You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this simple morning porridge made with oat bran, just someone who's looking for a nutritious dish to kick-start your day. Oat bran contains about 50 percent more fiber than oatmeal, making it more effective at lowering cholesterol and helping digestion. It also has more protein, calcium and iron.
This recipe is sweetened with cherries, vanilla and just a small amount of sugar. Almonds add crunch.
3 cups water
1½ cups oat bran
2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cherries
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) almonds, slivered
Milk for serving (optional)
In a saucepan, bring water to boil over medium-high heat. Add oat bran and cook uncovered until mixture begins to thicken, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir periodically to keep oat bran from sticking to the pan.
While oats are cooking, cut each cherry in half and remove pit with a paring knife.
Season oat bran with salt, vanilla and sugar and stir to blend. Remove from heat and divide between two bowls. Top with cherries and almonds and a splash of your favorite milk, if desired.
Nutrition: 422 calories, 10 grams fat, 74 grams total carbohydrate, 13 grams dietary fiber, 15 grams protein.
-- "Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes" by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear (Velo Press, January 2014, $19.23)
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