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How to Cook Hot Oat Bran Cereal

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author image Maura Shenker
Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
How to Cook Hot Oat Bran Cereal
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Oat bran is the outer husk of the oat grain, which is high in beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that can decrease cholesterol if consumed on a daily basis, according to Canadian nutritionist Leslie Beck, RD. A half cup of oat bran cereal contains 3g of beta-glucan and may help decrease the risk of heart disease. Soluble fiber may also slow the absorption of sugars into the blood stream, helping to stabilize glucose levels.

Step 1

How to Cook Hot Oat Bran Cereal
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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. You may substitute 1/2 the water for a 1/2 cup of milk. Soy, almond, rice or cow's milk will make a creamier cereal and add sweetness.

Step 2

How to Cook Hot Oat Bran Cereal
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Add 1/4 cup of oat bran and 1 tbsp. of ground flax seed. Reduce the heat to low, as you cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes until the oats soften and the cereal thickens to a porridge consistency.

Step 3

How to Cook Hot Oat Bran Cereal
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Remove from the heat and add the honey and cinnamon. If using the banana, mash it and stir it into the cereal at this point.

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