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.
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.
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.
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.