Oat Bran: Why And What’s So Special?

By Kate Shapland

Oat bran is integral to the Cellu-Lite Plan diet, and not just because it’s a sustaining carbohydrate that sets you up for the day. It’s the fibrous husk that surrounds oat grain (which they make rolled oats with), so it’s the grain’s jacket if you like. It’s very rich in protein! And fibre.

Both obviously key, but soluble fibre especially because it’s this that absorbs excess water – up to 20 times on average its own volume, and that’s pretty significant.

It doesn’t make you bloated either which a lot of fibrous bran etc does.

It’s also very viscous and behaves a bit like fly paper in the intestine, stopping waste being absorbed into the blood and helping you eliminate it.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons with some natural low fat yoghurt; chop a banana and add that for extra sweetness.
  • Add 2 tablespoons to a bowl of skimmed milk and pop it in the microwave – perfect on chilly mornings.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons with the white of one egg and add the mixture to a frying pan with a little oil in it. Cook like a pancake, flipping halfway through.
  • As oat bran muffins: preheat the oven to 200 c / Gas 6; line or grease 12 muffin cups. Mix 110g of dark brown soft sugar with 140g of oat bran and 200g of plain flour; add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda, ½ a teaspoon of salt, 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil and two eggs.
  • Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes until gold brown.

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