This recipe for High Protein Oat Bran quickly became a go-to for me when I discovered the thick, creamy texture of oat bran. By amping up the amount of protein in this high protein oat bran bowl, I noticed myself feeling satisfied for longer in the mornings, making this a great go-to breakfast to keep on your radar when you find yourself looking for something nutrient-dense and filling to start your day.
As a kid, I felt like a bit of a weirdo because I was a huge fan of Cream of Wheat for breakfast. For those of you who never hopped on the Cream of Wheat train (a lot of you, I’d imagine), Cream of Wheat is a breakfast cereal that reminds me a lot of grits but with a smoother texture. I loved my Cream of Wheat topped with brown sugar and berries but as I grew up, I somehow forgot about Cream of Wheat and went on to gravitate toward oatmeal on the days I wanted a hot bowl of something comforting for my morning meal.
Fast forward a decade (or two) and oat bran entered my life. Nostalgia hit me in droves as it reminded me so much of Cream of Wheat. Oat bran has the same thick, creamy texture of Cream of Wheat but with a nutritional profile that puts my childhood favorite to shame. Nutritionally, oat bran is similar in carbs and fat to oatmeal but provides additional protein and fiber. (For me, personally, I feel fuller longer when I eat oat bran and I have a feeling this might be the reason why!) Oat bran is also high in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber linked to improving heart health and cholesterol levels.
I began making myself bowls of oat bran for breakfast multiple times a week after Rhett was born and I haven’t looked back since. It’s now a breakfast staple in my life and one I look forward to eating anytime I whip up a bowl. It’s the perfect neutral base for a variety of toppings and takes on the flavor of any nut butter I stir into the mix. I also love adding some fresh berries, nuts or seeds to my bowls of oat bran for additional texture and flavor.
My go-to recipe for oat bran is one I created when I was looking to further increase the protein content in my breakfast. I naturally gravitate toward more carb-heavy breakfast foods which can leave me feeling hungry within two hours of eating breakfast, so anytime I can bump up the protein in my morning meal, I’m all about it!
This rendition of high protein oat bran doesn’t rely on protein powder but instead incorporates cottage cheese into the mix for increased creaminess and protein. For those who find themselves weirded out by the texture of cottage cheese, this recipe is a great way to use it since the cottage cheese melts into the oat bran and mixes into a satiating, creamy delight.
If you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it so much that it becomes a breakfast staple for you like it has for me. Enjoy!!
High Protein Oat BranPrint
2 cups water
2/3 cup oat bran
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 cup cottage cheese
- In a medium-size saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oat bran and cinnamon and stir continuously (<– this is important to prevent clumping!) for approximately 2-3 minutes until oat bran thickens.
- Remove oat bran from heat. Quickly stir in maple syrup and cottage cheese until thoroughly combined.
- Top with desired toppings (fresh berries, crushed nuts, banana slices, a drizzle of nut butter, etc.) and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 336
- Sugar: 14g
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 69g
- Fiber: 20g
- Protein: 27g