Ok so I realize the title of the post is unnervingly vague. I hope it did its job and drew you in! 😉
A while back I stocked up on some free oats. And I mean a lot of free oats. I’m sad to report that five months later I’m finally coming to the end of my stash. That being said, I had a container of oat bran staring me in the fact that I had gotten on a whim because hey…it was free. Now I’ve tried Mama Pea’s oat bran recipe and didn’t love it but for some reason that darn container was calling my name last night. So I listened.
And I’m so happy I did. The result was this bowl of deliciousness (seriously can anyone make oat bran look amazing?). Yes the inclusion of
pb & j ab & j may seem odd but I figured coconut tastes good with just about everything so what the heck.
Also, in case you were wondering…Thursday is oatmeal-for-dinner night. I go to a late yoga class and usually don’t eat until around 10 pm so I want something comforting and, well, not veggie-filled. Its my version of thirsty Thursday but, IMO, way better. <–yes I realize that made no sense. Just roll with it folks. 😉
Banana Coconut Oat Bran
1/3 c oat bran
1/2 c milk of choice
1/2 c water
1 small banana (or 1/2 a large one)
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp+ ground ginger
1 tsp+ vanilla
1 Tbsp nut butter (optional)
1 Tbsp jelly/jam/preserves (optional)
- I prepare all my oats using Kath’s life-changing method. It involves the 1:1 ratio of milk:water and cooking the banana in. Follow her all the way up until she does the add ins.
- Once you remove your oats from heat add in coconut, ginger, and vanilla and mix it in, tasting to see if you want more.
- Top with nut butter and jam if you desire.
I wouldn’t suggest trying this with regular oats. I’ve found the addition of shredded coconut gives them a really weird taste and so I’ve stayed away from that combo since once bad day.. 😉 With the oat bran though, the coconut blends in seamlessly, leaving you with nothing but pure deliciousness and the perfect texture.
As a random aside, some alternative dieticians believe that banana and coconut are great ways to help tighten the lower esophageal sphincter aka the muscle at the base of your esophagus that sometimes allows bile to come up and cause heartburn. I try to stock up on these two items. Placebo effect or not, I’m happy to oblige.
Have wonderful weekends everyone! Mine involves a garden party, grocery shopping + cooking, and lots of studying for my next midterm.