Buttery Oat Bran

Moving into a new apartment is like getting black mold off an old bathtub.

Oh wait, it isn’t like that.  It is that.

The good thing is that if you run out of room for your squash stash, there’s always the top of the microwave.  Acorn, butternut, spaghetti…gang’s all here!

Black mold isn’t exactly blog material, so instead let’s talk about how I’ve been eating the same thing for breakfast every day and it is SO good.  It’s also SO simple.  You should probably make it tomorrow morning.  It will really get you going, if you know what I mean.

I love this recipe because it reminds me of grits.   What’s not to love about buttery grits?

Let me answer that for you:

“SPECIALLY PROCESSED DEGERMINATED WHITE CORN GRITS, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, REDUCED IRON, NIACIN*, BHT AND CITRIC ACID (AS PRESERVATIVES), THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, FOLIC ACID*.”

Now let’s discuss Trader Joe’s toasted oat bran.  Nutty, toasty, oaty perfection.

Let’s look at the stats.  One serving of oat bran plus the two tablespoons of chia seeds in the following recipe has 23% of the daily value of iron and 12% for calcium. Not to mention 13 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein.  And the ingredients are just oat bran and chia seeds!  Nothing added, clean and simple 🙂

The chia seeds in this recipe remind me of those little black things in grits.  What are those things, anyway?

Buttery Oat Bran

-serves one

  •  1/3 cup oat bran
  • 3/4 cup milk  (I use unsweetened almond)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • good sprinkling of sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance (or butter, optional)

I forgot to take a picture, since I always eat it too fast.  Oops.

you could even make your oat bran with these adorable milk boxes!!

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.  Microwave for a minute.  Stir and microwave for another minute.

It’s important to add enough salt to this to get that gristsy flavor so make sure to salt to taste!  Also, the butter isn’t really necessary.  For some reason, it’s still so buttery without it.  You can decide on you own.  But if the mixture seems not quite liquidy enough, feel free to add more water/milk when it’s done cooking!

With sweet oats, I can never finish the whole bowl.  I’m overwhelmed by all the peanut butter, banana and chocolate that I cram in there.  But there is something so addicting about this salty oat bran.  And what if even I added some nutritional yeast for a cheezey twist? Dream big.

If you’re not completely satisfied, I’ll give you a bite of my Tasi honey wheat toast with homemade vanilla  peach jam.

But seriously, I finish the whole bowl of oat bran every time.  Take that, specially processed degerminated white corn grits!

You’re really not that special.

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